Men's Basketball

Tigers Head North Looking For 2nd Straight Win

• Fresh off its first win in 2019, Texas Southern prepares for the final leg of the four-game Collegiate Hoops Roadshow Monday night as they’ll head to Missoula, Mt. to face Montana for the second time in school history.

• 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.

• TSU has to replace three key starters from last year’s squad but has several returnees who had made starts last year that will have to step up. Point guard Tyrik Armstong, shooting guard John Jones and forward Eden Ewing will be counted on to lead the charge as Armstrong and Jones are top returning scorers while Ewing is the top returning rebounder.

• Head coach Johnny Jones is 56-38 all-time in the month of November and 4-8 at TSU. 

• Jones is 2-0 all-time against the Big Sky as he defeated Weber State once at Memphis and the second time at North Texas.

• Montana is 4-0 all-time against the SWAC as they’re 3-0 against Mississippi Valley State and 1-0 versus TSU.

• 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.

• Eden Ewing was granted a sixth year of eligibility in the summer while forward John Walker III was recently granted a waiver to participate immediately after spending the past season at Texas A&M University.

• TSU’s home game on Nov. 30 marks the first time since 2014 the team will host a Division I foe as a non-conference opponent.

• Three of TSU’s first three opponents (San Diego State, Wichita State, Arkansas) are ranked in the Ken Pomeroy Basketball Ratings Top 100 and the final four non-conference opponents are also ranked in the top 100 (Nevada, Oregon, Arizona State, Texas A&M). 

• Former Montana player Karl Nicholas is at Texas Southern but is sitting out the 2019-20 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He played for Montana in 2017-18 before moving to Stephen F. Austin.

Courtesy: TSUSports.com

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