TSU Sports Report

TSU Senior Ken'Darrius Hamilton and the Tigers open at Kansas on November 10 - photo by Sam Jordan / TSU Athletics

TSU Senior Ken’Darrius Hamilton and the Tigers open at Kansas on November 10. (photo by Sam Jordan / TSU Athletics)

TSU Mens Basketball opens at Kansas
Tennessee State men’s basketball Head Coach Dana Ford announced the 2017-18 schedule last Thursday. This year’s slate is highlighted by road games at Kansas, Texas and Purdue, among others.

“We are excited about this year’s list of games and opponents, which includes opening the season at historic Allen Fieldhouse,” Ford said. “We believe that our non-conference slate of games will prepare us for a challenging Ohio Valley Conference season.”

Beginning year four of Ford’s tenure in Nashville, the Tigers open on the road at Kansas on Nov. 10 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. The team’s home opener at the Gentry Center is set for Nov. 13 versus Reinhardt with the first Ohio Valley Conference game scheduled for Dec. 28 at UT Martin.

TSU kicks off the season with 11 non-conference games before an expanded 18-game OVC slate for a total of 29 regular season contests. Over the course of the season, the Tigers will play 14 times at the Gentry Center and 15 road games. A total of nine of TSU’s games are against teams that played in postseason last year (NCAA, NIT or CIT) including five from the NCAA Tournament – Kansas, Purdue, Middle Tennessee, Jacksonville State (2x).

Other key non-conference dates include a home showdown with Conference USA champion Middle Tennessee on Nov. 18 and back-to-back road tests at Texas on Dec. 18 and Purdue on Dec. 21. In league play, the Tigers take on OVC regular season champion Belmont at home on Feb. 8 and on the road on Feb. 24 with tilts against OVC Tournament champion Jacksonville State set for Jan. 4 (home) and Feb. 10 (away). The Ohio Valley Conference Tournament at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. will run Feb. 28 – March 3, 2018.

Tennessee State is coming off back-to-back winning seasons, most recently posting a 17-13 mark in 2016 – 17. The Tigers have won 37 games over the last two seasons, tied for the third most in a two-year span in the program’s Division I history.

KEY DATES – Season Opener: Nov. 10, 2017 at Kansas; Home Opener: Nov. 13, 2017 vs. Reinhardt; Ohio Valley Conference Opener: Dec. 28, 2017 at UT Martin; OVC Tournament: Feb. 28 – March 3, 2018 (Ford Center – Evansville, Ind.)

TSU Football opens in Atlanta
Tickets for Tennessee State football’s season opener at Georgia State are on sale now in the TSU Ticket Office. TSU will travel to Atlanta, Ga. to take on Georgia State, Thursday, Aug. 31 in Georgia State Stadium. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. ET. Ticket price – $30; Phone Orders – subject to $5 processing fee; Sections – 100-109. Parking passes for TSU vs Georgia State will NOT be sold in the TSU Ticket Office. The TSU Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the Gentry Center. The hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call for more information: (615) 963-ROAR (7627).

TSU Football Fan Day
Meet the TSU football team and their coaches at Fan Day, Saturday August 26, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the TSU Indoor Practice Facility, with autographs, photos, giveaways and more. Free and open to the public.

TSU Football Senior Luncheon
If you really want to suport the football Tigers, call the Athletic Department and ask how you can attend the Senior Kickoff Luncheon on Friday, August 25. Tickets and tables are available.

TSU Volleyball Meet and Greet
The Tennessee State volleyball team will give Tiger fans a chance to meet Head Coach Donika Sutton and the 2017 players on Wednesday, Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the TSU Courtyard. The 2016-17 squad posted a winning record of 17-16 (.515), 8-8 (.500)/OVC. Fans will be able to get autographs and take pictures with the members of this year’s squad.

The Tigers will welcome Alcorn State, New Orleans and Florida International two days later in the Tiger Invitational Tournament to be played in Kean Hall, as follows: Friday, Sept. 1 – 12 p.m. – Alcorn State vs. Tennessee State; 3 p.m. – Florida International vs. Alcorn State, and 7 p.m. – New Orleans vs. Tennessee State. Saturday, Sept. 2 — 9 a.m. – New Orleans vs. Florida International; 12 p.m. – Alcorn State vs. New Orleans; and 3 p.m. – Florida International vs. Tennessee State.