Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball

Basketball Teams To Host Jackson State Monday Night Inside The H&PE Arena

The Texas men's and women's basketball teams will host for a key doubleheader inside the H&PE Arena beginning at 5:30 p.m.


is back in action Monday evening versus Jackson State at 5:30 p.m. inside the H&PE Arena live on HBCU GO TV.        

• Last time these two squads played, JSU took an 87-86 decision inside the H&PE Arena despite Andriana Avent tying a school record with 33 points for TSU and Ataiya Bridges adding 32 of her own. TSU had three missed shots inside the final 10 seconds for a chance to pull the upset.

Micah Gray earned her second Player of the Week honorof her freshman campaign after setting a school-record 41-point performance against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Jan. 7 then helping the Tigers earn their first win of the season with a 24-point, 5-rebound and 3-steal performance on Moday against Mississipi Valley State.

Micah Gray's 33 against Central Florida was the fourth highest single-game performance in at least the last 12 years.

Micah Gray (18.9) and Adriana Avent (14.9) rank first and seventh, respectively, in scoring amongst SWAC leaders. Jaida Belton ranks ninth in rebounding (5.9) while Kamryn Bates is second in assists (3.4).

Andriana Avent was named the SWAC Player of the Week on Nov. 30 after recording double-digits against (22) and Ole Miss (13). She surpassed the 500-point career mark at TSU in the loss against Ole Miss.

• TSU head coach Vernette Skeete inherits a program which fined fourth in the SWAC last season and fell in the first round of the 2022 SWAC Tournament on a late putback. This year's roster, which has been picked to finish eighth in the SWAC, is drastically different with nine newcomers and six returnees. Six of the nine newcomers are true freshmen.

Andriana Avent is TSU's lone All-SWAC returnee as she was a scoring machine for TSU during her first season. She averaged 18.1 points in 23 games played. Avent has scored in double figures in 24 consecutive games dating back to the non-conference finale at on Dec. 18, 2021. Avent had nine games with 20-plus points, including four with 30-plus including a season-high 35 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Jan. 8.

• TSU has faced off against teams from seven conferences in 2022-23. TSU will square off against teams from the American (2), Sun Belt (1), Conference USA (2), (2), WAC (2), ACC and Pac-12.


• Texas Southern is back in action Monday evening versus Jackson State inside the H&PE Arena live on HBCU GO TV.

• The injury bug has infected TSU in a big way as the team has been down two key starters since starting SWAC play in January. As a result, TSU has dropped five straight contests and has began SWAC play 0-5 for the first time ever.

• TSU head coach Johnny Jones is 12-1 lifetime against JSU as he has faced JSU as head coach at Memphis, and TSU. He's 7-1 against JSU as TSU's head coach.

• Since 2007, TSU is 21-12 against JSU and has won 13 of the past 15 dating back to 2015. TSU has won seven of the past eight against JSU. JSU has not won in Houston since 2014.

• This marks the fifth year for TSU head coach Johnny Jones. TSU made its third consecutive postseason under Jones and second straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2021-22.  Jones went 24-14 in his inaugural year as head coach with three Power 5 conference wins. TSU fell in the finals of the 2019 SWAC Tournament and advanced to the semifinals of the CIT in 2019. In 2019-20, the Tigers made it back to the semifinals of the SWAC Tournament after a third-place regular season finish but saw the season end abruptly due to COVID-19. TSU won the SWAC Tournament and First Four contest in 2021 and was the first SWAC team to beat a ranked opponent from the SEC in 2021 at Florida. 

• TSU has faced off against teams from nine Division I conferences in 2022-23. TSU squares off against teams from the WCC, Big 12 (2), Pac-12, Summit, SoCon, American, SEC, Big South and CAA. TSU also hosted a pair of NAIA institutions in December.

• For the first time since 2002, TSU spent a considerable amount of time at home during non-conference play with four home games during its 2022-23 non-conference schedule.

• Jones is 87-81 all-time in the month of January and 18-14 at TSU.

• For the third straight season, the Texas Southern men's basketball team was picked to finish first in the while the duo of Karl Nicholas and John Walker III both earned preseason honors. Nicholas was tabbed the SWAC's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.



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