Golden Eagles visit Tennessee State for OVC double-header

Golden Eagles visit Tennessee State for OVC double-header

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech men's and women's basketball teams will return to action after just one day off since sweeping an OVC double-header against UT Martin on Saturday. This time the Golden Eagles will head down Interstate-40 to take on Tennessee State Monday night in a double-header beginning with the women's game at 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.

The women's team recorded back-to-back OVC wins for the first time this season last weekend as the Golden Eagles knocked off Murray State and UT Martin. Tech looks to make it three straight against Tennessee State, but that will not be an easy task against the Lady Tigers who defeated the Golden Eagles, 65-62, earlier this season in Cookeville.

Tennessee State downed Austin Peay, 68-57, on Saturday to improve to 9-14 overall and 6-8 in the OVC this season. The win improved TSU's home record to 8-3.

Tech (11-14, 6-9 OVC) is inching toward the .500 mark but will need a quality win at Tennessee State keep on pace of reaching that mark. The Golden Eagles have struggled on the road this season, posting a 1-10 record with their lone win coming back in December at Jacksonville State.

The Golden Eagles are looking to avoid a season sweep by the Lady Tigers, something that happened last season for the first time in the all-time series.

Both TTU and TSU are in the thick of the OVC standings as the teams jockey for position going into the conference tournament. The Golden Eagles and Lady Tigers are separated by just a half a game in the standings with TSU is tied for fifth place and Tech in seventh in the tightly contested conference.

The Tennessee Tech men's team is looking for its second consecutive win, and its first season sweep over Tennessee State since the 2006-07 season. The Golden Eagles beat the Tigers in Cookeville on Jan. 23.

Tech is 13-13 overall, and 7-8 in OVC play. TSU enters the game at 6-20 on the season, and 3-11 in conference play. While Tech is battling for a top four seed in the OVC tournament, and the right to host an opening round game, TSU is fighting for its OVC tournament life. The Tigers are currently holding on to eighth place in the OVC standings, the final spot in the eight-team OVC tournament.

Tech owns a 26-23 advantage in the all-time series against Tennessee State and the Golden Eagles have won three straight games at Tennessee State.

TSU is led by Jacquan Nobles, who is averaging 11.1 points per game. Robert Covington is averaging 9.6 points per game for the Tigers.

Tech's Kevin Murphy is among the league's best scorers, averaging 15.0 points per game. Frank Davis, a lethal shooter from long range, is averaging 14.3 points per game and shooting nearly 50 percent from outside the arc.
Both teams will have just three OVC contests remaining after Monday night. The men's team will visit Austin Peay on Feb. 18, while the women take on Austin Peay on Feb. 20. Both teams return home for the season finale against Jacksonville State on Feb. 27. That game will be senior night for the men's team, as seniors Frank Davis and Elijah Muhammad will be honored in a special ceremony before the game.

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