Tigers Seek 3rd Straight Win Tonight At Grambling State

• Texas Southern closes out its first SWAC road trip of the 2020 semester at Grambling State Monday night at 7:30 p.m. as the Tigers seek their third straight win.

• 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 76-71 all-time in the month of January and 7-4 at TSU. 

• Jones is 4-1 lifetime against Grambling State and 1-1 at TSU. Both games versus GSU last season were decided by one point.

• Over the course of his career, TSU’s Johnny Jones is 34-7 lifetime against teams from the SWAC.

• Grambling State was picked third in the SWAC’s preseason poll after finishing 17-17 (10-8) in 2018-19. Devante Jackson leads with 13.5 points per game. Terreon Randolph is the top rebounder with 6.2 rebounds per game. GSU’s Ivy Smith, Jr. tops the SWAC in assists with 4.8 per game.

• Since 2010, GSU is 3-17 against TSU but has won three of the past four games as head coach Donte’ Jackson has all the wins. History says the game will be close as three of the past four games have been decided by one point.

• 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.

Courtesy: TSUSports.com


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