Courtesy of Tennessee State Athleics
OPENING TIP: Making their first trip to Portland since 1982, the Tigers will face both the Portland Pilots and the Oregon Ducks. The Oregon matchup is part of the on-campus round of the Emerald Coast Classic, scheduled for Thanksgiving Weekend in Niceville, Florida.
Tennessee State Tigers (2-0, 0-0 OVC) at Portland Pilots (3-0, 0-0 WAC)
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 15 at 8:00 PM CT
Location: Chiles Center || Portland, Ore.
Radio: WNSR — Greg Pogue (play-by-play), Albert Dawson (analyst)
WHERE TO WATCH & LISTEN: TSU Basketball can be tuned in on WNSR’s flagship network, which includes 560 AM, 95.9 FM (Nashville), and 107.9 FM (Smyrna), as well as WNSR.com. The broadcast is also available globally on Sirius XM. Additionally, WNSR will offer in-depth pregame coverage 15 minutes prior to tip-off, along with extensive postgame analysis, exclusive interviews with coaches and players, and behind-the-scenes content to engage fans on a deeper level. “The Voice of the Tigers”, Greg Pogue, returns for his 12th season behind the mic and will be accompanied by Nashville broadcasting legend Albert Dawson. The action can also be streamed on the TSU Tigers app.
SERIES INFORMATION: Wednesday’s game will be the third encounter between TSU and Portland. Their initial meeting occurred during the Second Round of the 1957 NAIA Tournament in Kansas City, resulting in an 87-60 victory for TSU. The subsequent contest took place in 1963, concluding with a narrow 68-69 win for the Pilots.
TSU IN RIP CITY: In addition to TSU’s game against the Pilots, the Tigers ventured to Rose City in 1982 as participants in the Far West Classic hosted by Oregon State. Throughout the tournament, TSU faced off against Drake, Montana, and the Beavers. The most recent encounter with a team from the unique realm of Voodoo was a home match against Portland State, culminating in a 71-74 victory for the Vikings. The upcoming Friday match against the Oregon Ducks will signify the completion of the checklist, facing all four Division 1 teams from the state of Oregon.
18 TO 1K FOR M1F: Marcus Fitzgerald Jr. is on the verge of a milestone, with just 18 points needed to reach the 1,000-point mark as a Tiger. In the previous season, Fitzgerald Jr. showcased his skills, achieving a career-high average of 13.6 points (421) while starting in all 31 games. He made a notable contribution by scoring seven points in the season opener on Monday against Jefferson St. rival Fisk.
JITOBOH’S JUSTICE: In last Thursday’s victory over Kentucky State, Jason Jitoboh recorded a career-best 18 points. Additionally, he set personal records with seven made field goals and four successful free throws.
JONES’ HOME COOKIN’: Jaylen Jones achieved a season-high with 13 points and secured four rebounds in a standout performance against Kentucky State. Across his initial two games at Gentry, Jones is maintaining an impressive average of nine points, four rebounds, two steals, and 1.5 assists per game.