Mississippi Valley State (0-4) vs Tennessee State (2-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 25th, 2:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Orleans Arena (9,500) -- Las Vegas, Nevada. Television: None. Home Record: MVSU 0-0, TSU 1-0. Away Record: MVSU 0-4, TSU 1-3. Neutral Record: MVSU 0-0, TSU 0-0. Conference Record: MVSU 0-0, TSU 0-0. Series Record: Mississippi Valley State leads, 6-5.
GAME NOTES: The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils will try once again to notch their first win of the season as they square off with the Tennessee State Tigers in the Las Vegas Invitational at Orleans Arena.
MVSU is 0-4 after losing to South Carolina 61-57 in its most recent outing. The Delta Devils are now on a four-game losing streak to start the season as they were defeated by Notre Dame, DePaul, and North Carolina in their first three games. Sean Wood's team is shooting 40.7 percent from the floor and 30.9 percent from three point range to average 67.2 points per game. The Delta Devils are allowing their opponents to score 80.5 points per game and shoot 45.7 percent from the floor. MVSU needs to improve its rebounding effort as it is being outboarded by an average of eight per contest.
John Cooper's team is 2-3 after losing to North Carolina 102-69 in their last outing. The Tigers opened the season with losses to Saint Louis and Western Kentucky before beating Fisk and South Carolina. TSU is scoring 60 points per game with a field goal percentage of 38.3 percent. The Tigers are allowing opponents to score 69 points per game and shoot 47.2 percent from the floor.
This will be the 12th meeting between TSU and MVSU. The Tigers have a chance to even the series as they trail by a 6-5 margin heading into this matchup.
Senior Terrence Joyner has been doing all he can to get the Delta Devils checkmarks in the win column. Joyner nearly carried his squad to a win over South Carolina as he scored 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting in the loss. Joyner leads the team with 12.5 points per outing. Brent Arrington has been a spark off the bench for MVSU this year. The freshman guard gave a preview of what he is going to bring to the program with a 33-point outing against the nation's top-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. Arrington might find himself in the starting lineup before the year's end as he is second in scoring for team with 10.8 points per game.
TSU is led by junior forward Robert Covington as he is averaging double-figure scoring for the third-straight year. Covington has been on a terror lately as he scored 17, 24, 16, and 11 in his last four games. Covington also leads the team in rebounding with seven boards per game. Kenny Moore has offered solid support to Covington playing the opposite forward position. Moore proved his value against Fisk as he scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds in just 17 minutes of play.
TSU and MVSU have both played North Carolina and South Carolina. While the Tigers beat the Gamecocks, the Delta Devils played the Tar Heels tougher. MVSU is better than its 0-4 record indicates as it has played schools from power conferences exclusively.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: MVSU 70, Tennessee St. 69
11/25 10:33:21 ET