Southeast Mo. seeks revenge on Tennessee St.
Tennessee State (9-19, 6-10) vs. Southeast Missouri (9-20, 4-12)
Show Me Center, Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Thursday, 8:45 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Tennessee State goes for the season sweep over Southeast Missouri after winning the previous matchup in Nashville. The teams last played on Feb. 2, when the Tigers outshot Southeast Missouri from the field 52.7 percent to 34 percent and hit five more 3-pointers en route to a 29-point victory.
SUPER SENIORS: Tennessee State has relied heavily on its seniors. Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey, Kamar McKnight, Stokley Chaffee Jr. and Armani Chaney have combined to account for 53 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 48 percent of all Tigers points over the team’s last five games.
DOMINANT DONTE: Fitzpatrick-Dorsey has connected on 37.4 percent of the 99 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 7 of 29 over the last five games. He’s also converted 74.8 percent of his free throws this season.
SCORING THRESHOLDS: Southeast Missouri is 5-0 when it limits opposing offenses to 66 or fewer points, and 4-20 when opponents exceed 66 points. Tennessee State is 6-0 when holding opponents to 62 points or fewer, and 3-19 on the year when teams score any more than 62.
WINNING WHEN: The Redhawks are 5-0 when they hold opposing teams to 66 points or fewer and 4-20 when opponents exceed 66 points. The Tigers are 6-0 when they hold opponents to 62 points or fewer and 3-19 when opponents exceed 62 points.
LOOSENING UP: Southeast Missouri’s defense has forced 12.9 turnovers per game this year, but is averaging nine turnovers over its last three games.