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Home Opener vs Tennessee State Preview/Game Thread

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Tip-off: 7 p.m. Central Standard Time
Live Video: NIUHuskies.com (Huskie All-Access)
Radio: Northern Illinois ISP Sports Network (Flagship WLBK, 1360, DeKalb)
Line: Huskies by 8 points

OOH SCARY TIGER!

The Tennessee State Tigers play in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) with Eastern Illinois. TSU is the only HBC school in the conference and are located in Nashville. They have a new coach this season and are expected to finish worse than our Panther friends from the East with only 2 returning starters. Their best player from last year's team in SG Gerald Robinson (17.8) decided to transfer to Georgia.

Coach Patton was an assistant at TSU from 1991-93 and recruited Carlos Rogers to go there.

What happened last year

The Tigers defeated the Huskies in Nashville 75-73 on the heels of 28 of 33 shooting from the FT line. In comparison, NIU was only 17 of 21 from the charity stripe. Mike DiNunno had 15 and Jake Anderson had 12. FG shooting was only 37% for the game.

2008-09 record: 12-18 (4-12 on the road)

Returning Starters (last years stats)

5'10" Senior PG Jeremiah Crutcher (4.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 4.0 apg)

6'7" 200 lb Junior F Darius Cox (10.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg)

Top Newcomers

6'5" 200 lb Junior F Josh Sain - Transfer from Middle Tennessee, had 16 points in their opener against Siena

6'8" 190 lb Freshman F Robert Covington - Illinois native that went to Proviso West HS in Bellwood. Scored 21 pts in his first game going 5 of 9 from beyond the arc. Overlooked by some big-time schools because of academic issues.

Awesome Name

6'7" 210 lb Senior F Lonnie FUNDERBURKE

What they're good at

Against Siena, they stole the ball 14 times and caused a whopping 29 turnovers!!! But they still lost to Siena at home 69-85 and turned the ball over 21 times themselves.

What they're bad at

Defensively all over the place.

Keys to the Game

  • Again, stop fouling so much and get to the line yourselves Huskies
  • Limit the turnovers offensively and cause some on defense