TSUSports.com: Men's Basketball To Face Grambling State Monday Night


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• Texas Southern concludes its brief homestand against Grambling State tonight inside the H&PE Arena at 7:30 p.m.
• This marks the second year for TSU head coach Johnny Jones. 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 competed in the CIT. TSU advanced to the semifinals of the CIT last season.

• The Tigers snapped a two-game losing streak Saturday night and picked up a much-needed win as they avoided a potential logjam in the standings. The Tigers are a game out of first and two games ahead of third-place. To win a potential head-to-head tiebreaker, GSU would need to win by eight or more points.

• Head coach Johnny Jones is 74-71 all-time in the month of February and 9-2 at TSU.

• Jones is 5-1 lifetime against Grambling State and 2-1 at TSU. The average margin of victory is 2.5 points.

• Grambling State was picked third in the SWAC's preseason poll after finishing 17-17 (10-8) in 2018-19. Devante Jackson leads with 13.3 points per game. Terreon Randolph is the top rebounder with 5.8 rebounds per game. GSU's Ivy Smith, Jr. is tied atop the SWAC with TSU's Tyrik Armstrong with 4.5 assists per game.

• Since 2010, GSU is 4-17 against TSU but has won three of the past five games as head coach Donte' Jackson has all the wins. History says the game will be close as three of the past five games have been decided by one point.

• Yahuza Rasas has eight double-doubles on the season for the Tigers and averages 9.9 rebounds in SWAC play. TSU's Eden Ewing is averaging 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds since the start of SWAC play.

• TSU takes the term "home, sweet home" to heart as the Tigers are 97-23 inside the H&PE Arena since 2008. TSU has won nine-plus games at home every year since the 2010-11 season.

• TSU was picked second in the Southwestern Athletic Conference preseason poll as senior forward Eden Ewing was named to the All-SWAC Preseason First Team. Ewing was granted a sixth year of eligibility in the summer.

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