Tennessee State Men’s Hoops hits the road to face SEMO Thursday

The Tennessee State men’s hoops team ( 11-10, 3-5 OVC) have dropped three of their last four games and are in desperate need of a victory and will look to right the ship Thursday when they head to CApe Girardeau, Missouri to take on the Red Hawks of Southeast Missouri.

Courtesy of Tennessee State Athletics

After a split last week, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team heads to Cape Girardeau to face SEMO on Thursday who sits in a six-way tie for first place in the OVC. The Tigers are desperate to move towards .500 as the OVC parity climate will separate this week and are back at home on Saturday to conclude a series with Lindenwood.

WHERE TO WATCH & LISTEN: TSU expanded its partnership with Cromwell Media, naming 102.1 FM The Ville as the flagship TSU men’s basketball station. “The Voice of the Tigers” Greg Pogue returns for his 11th season behind the mic and will be reunited with his longtime partner Albert Dawson. The pregame show will begin 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the contest not the actual tip time in doubleheader situations. The action can also be heard on the TSU Tigers app.

The Matchup: Tennessee State Tigers (11-10 3-5 OVC) at SEMO Redhawks (10-11, 5-3 OVC)
Date/Time: Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. CT (approx 30 minutes after the WBB game)
Location: Show Me Center || Cape Girardeau, Mo. 
TV:  ESPN+ — 
Radio102.1 FM The Ville — Greg Pogue (pxp), Albert Dawson (analyst)

SEMO SERIES INFORMATION: Thursday is the 56th all-time meeting between TSU and SEMO. The Tigers have dropped four of the last five against the Redhawks including the OVC Quarterfinal matchup last season, 79-55. TSU has struggled as of late in Cape Girardeau dropping four of its last five appearances to the Show Me Center.

SCOUTING SEMO: The Redhawks enter Thursday’s contest after a double overtime win over Tennessee Tech. SEMO has won four of its last five games with its lone loss to UT Martin. Phillip Russell leads the team averaging 17.3 points per game. Russell sits behind TSU’s Jr. Clay (18.9) for the OVC scoring title. He’s the top assist-goer at 47. per night. Kobe Clark leads his team and is third in the league in rebounds (8.7).

TIME CHANGE: Saturday’s upcoming contest with Lindenwood will now be played at 2 PM due to the canceled women’s game.

CLAY HITS 2K AND CAREER-BEST: Jr. Clayreached 2,000-career points and jumped into 17th all-time in the OVC scoring list after dropping a career-best 33 points on the road at Little Rock. Clay also tied a career-best with 11 made field goals, and six three-pointers; and set bests with 24 field goal attempts and 10 two-point baskets. Before arriving at TSU, Clay spent four seasons at OVC foe Tennessee Tech, scoring 1,661 for the Golden Eagles. In 19 games as a Tiger, Clay is at 360 total points (18.9 ppg).

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