TSUSports.com: Men’s Basketball To Embark On Final Road Trip This Weekend


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• TSU starts its final road trip of the year as they travel to Mississippi Valley State on Saturday at 6 p.m.

• From Nov. 16-Dec. 17, six of its seven opponents on TSU’s schedule during that span were NCAA Tournament participants. The first contest at home wasn’t until Dec. 21.

• TSU is in a three-way tie for third entering the final five regular season games.

• TSU has won 20 of the past 22 games over MVSU. Picked 12th in the SWAC Preseason poll, MVSU is winless entering today’s game but feature a pair of double-digit scorers in Rayquan Brown (18.0) and Donovan Sanders (10.1). Brown leads the team with 6.2 rebounds.

• TSU head coach Johnny Jones is 10-1 lifetime against MVSU.

• Guard PJ Henry joined the 1,000-point club at TSU on Jan. 29 while TSU head coach Johnny Jones is five wins from his 400th career win and just achieved his 100th career win at TSU on Monday.

• The Tigers are coming off their third straight SWAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Opening Round appearance as they fell to Fairleigh Dickinson last season.

• For the fourth straight season, the Texas Southern men’s basketball team was picked to finish first in the Southwestern Athletic Conference preseason poll while senior guard PJ Henry was named the 2023-24 SWAC Preseason Player of the Year.

• TSU, which is led by sixth-year head coach Johnny Jones, has won the past three SWAC Tournament Championships and enters the 2023-24 season looking to earn an unprecedented fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and its eighth over the past 11 years. Only three teams have made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in SWAC history.

• TSU made its fourth consecutive postseason under Jones and third straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2022-23. 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 claimed another Power 5 non-conference win against Arizona State last season.

• TSU head coach Johnny Jones is 96-82 all-time in the month of February and 28-12 at TSU.

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