2012-2013 Season Preview: Tennessee State

Filed under Season Preview on November 8th, 2012
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Tennessee State basketball gets the 2012-2013 season underway on November 9 in Provo against Brigham Young. The Tigers will put a team on the floor that's expected to match last year's squad. They keep a group that played 73% of last season's minutes and will look to make up the rest with the contributions of other players.

The largest gap to fill for Tennessee State will be on offense, as the team lost 37.3% of their assists. Following that is three-point shooting, where they lost 28.5% of last year's output.

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Tennessee State ended last season with a record of 19-11 overall and were 2nd in the Ohio Valley with a conference record of 11-5. The Tigers were runners-up in the Ohio Valley tournament, losing to Murray State 54-52 in the final game. Tennessee State lost last year's seniors Wil Peters (33 minutes per game) and Kenny Moore (19 MPG). The Tigers will also go without Chris Conner (6 MPG) and Muniru Bawa (4 MPG), who left the team.

The Tigers welcome back junior Patrick Miller (3.6 assists/game), junior Robert Covington (17.8 points/game), senior Kellen Thornton (9.1 points/game), junior Jordan Cyphers (8.0 points/game), and sophomore M.J. Rhett (3.9 points/game). The team also gets 5-10 junior DeShawn Dockery (transferred from Fairleigh Dickinson), 6-8 sophomore Alex Bates (transferred from Northeastern), 6-5 junior Devante McClung, and 6-8 junior Chaed Wellian.

The Tigers schedule includes one game against an AP preseason Top 25 team, at #15 Missouri on December 8th. Tennessee State opens Ohio Valley play on December 29th against Eastern Illinois.

Season Preview Notes:
  • Since 2002, Tennessee State has an overall winning percentage of 38.9%. The Tigers have been improving over the last 5 years with an overall winning percentage of 44.5%.
  • The Tigers have an average conference finish of 5.2 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 16 the team has an average finish of 6.0.
  • The average final RPI (last year) of opponents on this year's schedule is 161.7.
  • This year's opponent with the highest RPI from last year is Missouri (#14).
  • This year's opponent with the lowest RPI from last year is Alabama A&M (#342).
  • The last time Tennessee State returned more than 76% of the team's statistical production was 2011-2012.

Tags: Wil Peters, Kenny Moore, Chris Conner, Muniru Bawa, Patrick Miller, Robert Covington, Kellen Thornton, Jordan Cyphers, M.J. Rhett, DeShawn Dockery, Alex Bates, Devante McClung, Chaed Wellian

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Ohio Valley Standings

1 Belmont 26-10 14-2
2 Murray State 23-11 13-3
3 EKU 24-10 11-5
4 Morehead State 20-14 10-6
5 Tennessee Tech 17-16 9-7
6 SE 18-14 8-8
7 EIU 11-19 7-9
7 SIUE 11-20 7-9
9 Austin Peay 12-18 6-10
10 JSU 10-21 4-12
 10Tennessee State 5-25 4-12
12 UTM 8-23 3-13
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