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This article is about the men's program at Tennessee State University. The women's teams are known as the Lady Tigers.

The Tennessee State Tigers basketball team represents Tennessee State University (TSU) in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The school's team currently competes in the NCAA Division I's Ohio Valley Conference. They play their home games at the Gentry Complex and are led by first-year head coach Brian "Penny" Collins.[2]

Tennessee State Tigers
2018–19 Tennessee State Tigers basketball team
Tennessee State Tigers wordmark.svg
UniversityTennessee State University
Head coachBrian "Penny" Collins (1st season)
ConferenceOhio Valley
LocationNashville, Tennessee
ArenaGentry Complex
(Capacity: 9,100)
NicknameTigers
ColorsReflex Blue and White[1]
         
NCAA Tournament Champions
1957†, 1958†, 1959†
NCAA Tournament Runner-up
1970*, 1973*
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1960†, 1970*, 1972*, 1973*, 1975*
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1967*, 1970*, 1971*, 1972*, 1973*, 1974*, 1975*, 1993, 1994
*at Division II level
† at NAIA DI Level
Conference Tournament Champions
1993, 1994
Conference Regular Season Champions
1993, 1995

While they were a member of the NAIA, they were three time national champions (1957, 1958, 1959). TSU was the first team to win three consecutive basketball national championships at any level of college basketball – a feat only repeated once as of 2017, by Kentucky State (1970, 1971, 1972) The 1957 championship made TSU the first historically black college to win a national championship. The team was coached by Harold Hunter from 1960 to 1968.[3] Hunter still holds the record as the second-winningest men's basketball coach in Tennessee State's history.[4] Hunter had succeeded outgoing coach John McLendon, who left in 1959.[3]

Seventeen former Tennessee State Tigers have played in the NBA, the best known are Robert Covington, Dick Barnett, John Barnhill, Truck Robinson, Anthony Mason and Carlos Rogers.

Postseason resultsEdit

NCAA Division I Tournament resultsEdit

The Tigers have appeared in two NCAA Division I Tournaments. Their combined record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1993 First Round Seton Hall L 59–81
1994 First Round Kentucky L 70–83

NCAA Division II Tournament resultsEdit

The Tigers have appeared in seven NCAA Division II Tournaments. Their record is 18–8.

Year Round Opponent Result
1967 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
South Carolina State
Stetson
L 59–66
W 65–53
1970 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
Bellarmine
Kentucky Wesleyan
South Dakota State
Buffalo State
Philadelphia
W 82–77
W 75–73
W 92–89
W 101–80
L 65–76
1971 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Louisiana Tech
Louisiana–Lafayette
W 92–91 OT
L 82–86
1972 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
New Orleans
Delta State
Southampton
Akron
Eastern Michigan
W 80–79
W 79–73
W 95–55
L 69–71 OT
W 107–82
1973 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
Transylvania
Southeastern Louisiana
Akron
Assumption
Kentucky Wesleyan
W 53–45
W 62–54 OT
W 54–50
W 106–76
L 76–78 OT
1974 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Fisk
Southern
L 54–65
W 98–88
1975 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Armstrong Atlantic State
Chattanooga
Akron
Old Dominion
Assumption
W 63–53
W 82–81
W 72–69
L 60–77
L 80–88

NAIA Tournament resultsEdit

The Tigers have appeared in seven NAIA Tournaments. Their combined record is 23–4 and are three time national champions (1957, 1958, 1959). Those same teams were later announced as inductees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 6, 2019, with those teams being "the first collegiate team to win back-to-back-to-back championships."[5]

Year Round Opponent Result
1953 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Geneva
Benedictine (KS)
Texas A&M–Commerce
W 89–88
W 79–56
L 67–72
1954 First Round Regis (CO) L 58–61
1956 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Indianapolis
Wisconsin-Eau Claire
McNeese State
W 84–76
W 62–61
L 68–76
1957 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
National Championship Game
Adrian
Portland
Western Illinois
Pacific Lutheran
Southeastern Oklahoma State
W 87–69
W 87–70
W 90–88
W 71–70
W 92–73
1958 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
National Championship Game
Northern Michigan
Anderson (IN)
Texas A&M-Commerce
Texas Southern
Western Illinois
W 113–45
W 77–56
W 81–62
W 110–85
W 85–73
1959 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
National Championship Game
Nebraska Wesleyan
Youngstown State
Illinois State
Texas State
Pacific Lutheran
W 75–57
W 89–80
W 131–74
W 64–62
W 97–87
1960 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
National 3rd Place Game
Midwestern State
West Virginia Wesleyan
Wofford
Westminster (PA)
William Jewell
W 102–83
W 84–79
W 75–60
L 38–39
W 100–65

CIT resultsEdit

The Tigers have appeared in three CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournaments (CIT). Their combined record is 0–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
2012 First Round Mercer L 60–68
2013 First Round Evansville L 72–84
2016 First Round Ball State L 73–782OT

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tennessee State University Style Guide (PDF). Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  2. ^ Organ, Mike (March 26, 2018). "Brian 'Penny' Collins hired as Tennessee State basketball coach". The Tennessean. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Former Tennessee State basketball coach Harold Hunter dies". The City Paper. 2013-03-07. Archived from the original on 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2013-03-30. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "NBA pioneer Harold Hunter, an ex-Xavier coach, died Thursday". Times-Picayune. 2013-03-07. Retrieved 2013-03-30.
  5. ^ https://www.nba.com/article/2019/04/06/2019-naismith-basketball-hall-fame-announcement

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