TSU Tigers OVC Tournament Preview
By Javion Simmons
It’s March, and for college basketball fans that can only mean one thing, March Madness. The month, filled with conference and ultimately the NCAA tournament, is an annual tradition that has college sports fans busting out the brackets. This year, the Tennessee State University Men’s Basketball team is firmly in the tournament picture. The Tigers have had a phenomenal season, boasting a 19-9record overall with an OVC record of 10-5. The Tigers trail only Belmont by two games for the first place seed in the tournament but will have the second seed. The Tigers have gotten a lot of help from senior guard Keron Deshields, who currently leads the team in points, averaging just over 16 points a game. Deshields also leads the team in assists. Tigers Head coach Dana Ford, says that good defense is essential to the Tigers’ survival in the tournament.
“I think that with our experience in the back court, sometimes that can kind of will us through games. But if we can’t stop people then we don’t have a chance,” said Ford.
The Tigers’ season is also generating some buzz around campus. Some students around the TSU community, like Kenny Jones, think that Tigers are poised for an OVC Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth.
“This year’s team is probably the best I’ve seen since I’ve attended TSU. They have a different type of playing style and they play with so much energy. It looks like they play hard and having fun doing it,” says Jones.
Check for updates in the OVC Tournament that began yesterday at the Municipal Auditorium.