TSU Men’s face their biggest challenge in quite some time playing and they have to do it in the famed Cameron Indoor. Here a few things TSU must overcome to even hang around with Duke.
Keep those Cameron Crazies Quiet
Probably the most intimidating bunch of folks. I am sure they will make a whole bunch jokes about our team.
Make Outside Shots
TSU Men currently average 37% from 3 point land. Delano Spencer and Darreon Reddick are going to need to have a great shooting night to keep us close. We average 71 points per game. That won’t be enough. Our bigs also need to make a few base line jumpers to open up the driving lanes for the guards.
This probably the biggest concern going into this game. We average 15 TO a game. We can’t let them have extra scoring opportunities.
Easy Transition Baskets
We need to make sure we are getting a few easy baskets. Many of our shots are highly contested, which is evident by our low field goal percentage. Let’s get a few rebounds and a few steals and get the ball up the court quickly for easy scores. We will need it because Duke is a very good defensive team as well.
Above from left, JCBE member Carol Ann Haddad chats with Anita McKnight, Sammy Moore, and Sasha Mooreat the reception that announced the naming of Noe’s athletic field for Sammy Moore, a longtime teacher and coach.
Moore’s influence reaches beyond court
In his physical prime, Samuel “Sammy” Moore was a larger-than-life presence on the basketball court.
He was Most Valuable Player (MVP) in Kentucky’s first integrated high school basketball game, and he played on the first minority team to win a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) title.
The talent that launched Sammy Moore, 81, to a basketball career with the Harlem Globetrotters helped launch his second chapter, a 45-year span of teaching, coaching, and changing lives. Moore was honored by friends and colleagues in an effusive ceremony on Fri., Dec. 5, during which the athletic field at Noe Middle was named in his honor. The event attracted several former principals, colleagues, and school administrators; members of the JCBE; and Moore’s family and friends.
Legendary Coaching pioneer John B McLendon, one of the greatest Basketball Coaches of all time talking about meeting Dr James Naismith.
In February, Coach Mclendon was honored by the NBA as a Basketball Pioneer and the inventor of the fastbreak. Isiah Thomas breaks down Mclendon coaching philosophy in the video.
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Tennessee State University was a trendsetter in basketball. I hope TSU can continue the legacy.