• Texas Southern returns to the court Saturday night for a pivotal matchup versus Jackson State at 7:30 p.m. inside the H&PE Arena.
• 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 are on a two-game losing streak in SWAC play. As a result, the Tigers have slipped down to second place in the standings and Saturday's game is critical as Jackson State is a game behind at 7-4 and enters on a five-game winning streak. To win the tiebreaker in head-to-head, JSU would need to win by 12 or more points.
• Head coach Johnny Jones is 73-71 all-time in the month of February and 8-2 at TSU.
• Jones is 8-0 lifetime against Jackson State as he has faced JSU as head coach at Memphis, North Texas and TSU. He's 3-0 against JSU as TSU's head coach.
• Jackson State was picked fifth in the SWAC's preseason poll after finishing 13-19 (10-8) in 2018-19. They're on a five-game winning streak and has moved into third place in the SWAC standings. Tristian Jarret leads JSU and the SWAC with 17.9 points per game. Jayveous McKinnis is the SWAC's top rebounder with 8.9 rebounds per game. JSU starter Cainan McClelland spent three years at TSU before transferring to JSU this offseason. His brother, Ashton, is on TSU's roster.
• Yahuza Rasas has seven double-doubles on the season for the Tigers and averages 9.3 rebounds in SWAC play. TSU's Eden Ewing is averaging 11.4 points and 6.3 rebounds since the start of SWAC play.
• Since 2007, TSU is 17-11 against JSU and has won nine of the past 11 dating back to 2015.
• TSU takes the term "home, sweet home" to heart as the Tigers are 96-23 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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