Keys To Overcome Duke

 

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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.

Limit Turnovers

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.

 

 

 

TSU Alum Moore’s influence reaches beyond court

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.

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OVC Increases Entry and Exit Fees

Joining the OVC now will cost a lump sum of $150,000 for a Division II university or $100,000 for a Division I school, a jump from only having to pay the admission expenses.

Leaving with two years’ notice will cost $500,000 plus forfeiting year-end and basketball revenue distributions for two years. Previously, schools forfeited their share of the league’s distributions. The fee for bolting with less than two years’ notice had been $200,000, and now will cost $750,000 plus forfeiting distributed money.

 

 

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[NBA Draft Prospect] Robert Covington Shines at Portsmouth Invitational

Robert Covington represented Tennessee State University well in the Portsmouth Pre Draft NBA Camp.

According to OVCBall.net:

Robert Covington was named to the All-Tournament team at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. The P.I.T invites 64 potential NBA prospects for a four-day, twelve game tournament in front of representatives from every NBA team.

Covington was fourth in the tournament in scoring, averaging over 17 points a game, and pulled down almost nine rebounds a game.

I hope this means that Robert Covington’s stock will rise for the NBA Draft.

[Barrier Breakers] NBA Highlighted John B. Mclendon as Basketball Pioneer

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.

Robert Covington featured in Bleacher Report’s NBA Draft Board

 

Robert Covington, Tennessee State, SF

At 6’9”, Covington’s appeal as a prospect is related to his three-point stroke and size as a stretch-forward. He’s regressed somewhat as a senior, seeing his percentages dip across the board, which is what could make him a value pick at the end of the second round in a buy-low opportunity. He’s averaged at least 17 points per game in back-to-back years.