NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee State University's men's basketball team's winning streak will be putting the school in the national spotlight Thursday night. After a big win over Murray State earlier this the month, the two teams meet again, this time on the Tiger's home court.
When TSU's men's basketball team beat Murray State after an undefeated season, it was the game talked about across the country. On Thursday the two teams meet again, but this time millions of fans will be watching as the game from Gentry Center will be aired on ESPNU, the ESPN channel dedicated to college sports.
It was on February 9th when the two teams met in Kentucky, and TSU claimed the only victory over Murray State this season to date (26-1). This was a huge win for TSU as Murray state is one of the hottest college basketball teams in the country.
"This is exposure you really can't pay for," said Teresa Phillips, TSU Athletic Director. "It would have been great to have the ESPN game under any circumstances, but under the circumstances that we went up there and they were the only undefeated team left in the nation. We knocked them off against all odds in a sold out crowd. That juice has upped this game pretty big."
All week current students, alumni and fans have been purchasing tickets. What many people say will bring them out to the game is ESPNU's coverage. Everyone says this is huge, not just for the athletic department here at TSU but the entire school.
"High school students want to go somewhere where there is a lot of excitement. Athletics is always a draw for students who want to enroll in your university, so hopefully we will play off of this and get a really big freshman class coming next year. Winning is contagious," said Phillips.
The women's team starts playing at 4 p.m. Thursday, and tickets are still available.
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