Tennessee State Tigers basketball

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This article is about the men's program at Tennessee State University. The women's teams are known as the Lady Tigers.
Tennessee State Tigers
2014–15 Tennessee State Tigers basketball team
Tennessee State Tigers athletic logo
University Tennessee State University
Conference OVC
Location Nashville, TN
Head coach Dana Ford (1st year)
Arena Gentry Complex
(Capacity: 10,500)
Nickname Tigers
Colors

Blue and White

            
NCAA Tournament runner up
1970*, 1973*
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1970*, 1972*, 1973*, 1975*
NCAA Tournament appearances
1967*, 1970*, 1971*, 1972*, 1973*, 1974*, 1975*, 1993, 1994
*at Division II level

The Tennessee State Tigers basketball team represents Tennessee State University (TSU) in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Ohio Valley Conference. They play their home games at the Gentry Complex. On March 11, 2014, TSU relieved coach Travis Williams of his duties and began a nationwide search for a new head coach.[1]

While they were a member of the NAIA, they were three time national champions (1957, 1958, 1959). The team was coached by Harold Hunter from 1959 to 1968.[2] Hunter still holds the record as the second-winningest men's basketball coach in Tennessee State's history.[3] Hunter had succeeded outgoing coach John McLendon, who left in 1958.[2]

Seventeen former Tennessee State Tigers have played in the NBA, the best known are Dick Barnett, John Barnhill, Truck Robinson, Anthony Mason and Carlos Rogers.

Postseason results[edit]

NCAA Division I Tournament results[edit]

The Tigers have appeared in two NCAA Division I Tournaments. Their combined record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1993 First Round Seton Hall L 59–81
1994 First Round Kentucky L 70–83

NCAA Division II Tournament results[edit]

The Tigers have appeared in seven NCAA Division II Tournaments. Their record is 18–8.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1967 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
South Carolina State
Stetson
L 59–66
W 65–53
1970 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
Bellarmine
Kentucky Wesleyan
South Dakota State
Buffalo State
Philadelphia
W 82–77
W 75–73
W 92–89
W 101–80
L 65–76
1971 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Louisiana Tech
Louisiana–Lafayette
W 92–91 OT
L 82–86
1972 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
New Orleans
Delta State
Southampton
Akron
Eastern Michigan
W 80–79
W 79–73
W 95–55
L 69–71 OT
W 107–82
1973 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
Transylvania
Southeastern Louisiana
Akron
Assumption
Kentucky Wesleyan
W 53–45
W 62–54 OT
W 54–50
W 106–76
L 76–78 OT
1974 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Fisk
Southern
L 54–65
W 98–88
1975 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Armstrong Atlantic State
Chattanooga
Akron
Old Dominion
Assumption
W 63–53
W 82–81
W 72–69
L 60–77
L 80–88

NAIA Tournament results[edit]

The Tigers have appeared in seven NAIA Tournaments. Their combined record is 23–4 and are three time national champions (1957, 1958, 1959).

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1953 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Geneva
Benedictine (KS)
Texas A&M-Commerce
W 89–88
W 79–56
L 67–72
1954 First Round Regis (CO) L 58–61
1956 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Indianapolis
Wisconsin-Eau Claire
McNeese State
W 84–76
W 62–61
L 68–76
1957 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
National Championship Game
Adrian
Portland
Western Illinois
Pacific Lutheran
Southeastern Oklahoma State
W 87–69
W 87–70
W 90–88
W 71–70
W 92–73
1958 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
National Championship Game
Northern Michigan
Anderson (IN)
Texas A&M-Commerce
Texas Southern
Western Illinois
W 113–45
W 77–56
W 81–62
W 110–85
W 85–73
1959 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
National Championship Game
Nebraska Wesleyan
Youngstown State
Illinois State
Texas State
Pacific Lutheran
W 75–57
W 89–80
W 131–74
W 64–62
W 97–87
1960 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
National 3rd Place Game
Midwestern State
West Virginia Wesleyan
Wofford
Westminster (PA)
William Jewell
W 102–83
W 84–79
W 75–60
L 38–39
W 100–65

CIT results[edit]

The Tigers have appeared in two CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournaments (CIT). Their combined record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2012 First Round Mercer L 60–68
2013 First Round Evansville L 72–84

References[edit]

  1. ^ www://nashvillepost.com/category/subjects/travis_williams_fired
  2. ^ a b "Former Tennessee State basketball coach Harold Hunter dies". The City Paper. 2013-03-07. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  3. ^ "NBA pioneer Harold Hunter, an ex-Xavier coach, died Thursday". Times-Picayune. 2013-03-07. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 

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