Tennessee State vs. Belmont: Full Game Preview

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Tennessee State vs. Belmont: Full Game Preview
Tennessee State
(18-13, 6-10 away)
Belmont
(24-6, 13-1 home)
Venue: Municipal Auditorium
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, March 08, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Tennessee State R Covington 17.0 K Thornton 7.8 P Miller 5.6
Belmont I Clark 18.1 T Noack 5.6 K Johnson 4.7

Belmont takes on Tennessee State in the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Tournament at Municipal Auditorium on Friday. The game tips off at 7 p.m. EST and it can be seen on ESPN U. The Bruins fell to the Tigers 80-69 on Feb. 14 and are 5-1 against them over the last four years. Belmont will be looking to extend its four-game win streak.

The Bruins got past Jacksonville State 78-71 on Mar. 2 with the help of 26 points and five assists from Kerron Johnson. He is averaging 13.5 points per game while also contributing a team-high 4.7 assists per game. For the Tigers, Patrick Miller finished with 15 points and five rebounds in the 88-75 win over Morehead State on Mar. 7. He averages 14.6 points per game in addition to a team-best 5.6 assists per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Tennessee State is strong in free throw rate at 43.1. This is good enough for second in the conference and 24th in the nation.

Tennessee State StatSmack

  • Blake Jenkins is ranked 6th in the Ohio Valley in blocks.
  • Be afraid. Belmont has blown out more teams than Tennessee State this season (10 blowouts vs. three).
  • Belmont has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Tennessee State (five vs. zero).
  • Even computers respect Belmont more. Belmont has a better RPI this season than Tennessee State (RPI: No. 26 vs. No. 107).
  • It's only wins and losses, but Belmont has a better overall record than Tennessee State this season (24-6 vs. 17-13).
  • The Belmont three-point leader (Ian Clark, 92 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Tennessee State three-point leader (Jordan Cyphers, 55 three-pointers).
  • Belmont has a better record at home than Tennessee State this season (13-0 vs. 11-2).
  • The Belmont basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Tennessee State (100 percent vs. 73 percent).
  • The Belmont steals leader (J.J. Mann, 55 steals) has more steals than the Tennessee State steals leader (Patrick Miller, 51 steals).
  • Belmont is a better three-point shooting team (39.5 percent vs. 33.9 percent) than Tennessee State this season.
  • Belmont has a stronger schedule than Tennessee State this season (SOS Rank: No. 95 vs. No. 119).
TSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B R. Covington 31 17 8 1 2 1 2
B Patrick Miller 0 15 4 6 2 0 3
B Kellen Thornton 31 16 8 1 1 1 2
C+ Jordan Cyphers 29 12 2 1 1 0 1
C M.J. Rhett 22 5 6 1 1 1 2
D+ Michael Green 14 4 2 0 0 1 1
D+ DeShawn Dockery 19 3 2 2 1 0 2
D+ Kharon Butcher 17 4 3 1 0 0 1
D Tashan Fredrick 13 2 1 1 0 0 0
D Jay Harris 12 3 1 1 1 0 1
D Jordan Gaither 9 2 1 1 0 0 1
D Chaed Wellian 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Abraham Millsap 5 1 1 0 0 0 1
D- Devante McClung 6 1 1 0 0 0 1
BEL Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Ian Clark 33 18 3 3 2 0 3
B Kerron Johnson 30 13 3 5 2 0 3
B Trevor Noack 28 13 6 1 1 0 1
B J.J. Mann 30 10 5 3 2 0 2
B Blake Jenkins 24 10 5 1 1 1 1
C Brandon Baker 14 3 3 1 1 0 0
C R. Chamberlain 16 4 2 2 1 0 1
C- Craig Bradshaw 10 2 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Chad Lang 4 1 1 0 0 0 1
D+ Jeff Laidig 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Holden Mobley 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Adam Barnes 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Spencer Turner 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
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