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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - In a vote of Ohio Valley Conference head men’s basketball coaches and sports information directors Belmont has been picked the preseason favorite for the 2017-18 season. It marks the third-straight year the Bruins have been tabbed preseason favorites.tnst tiger

Tennessee State was picked preseason #7

“I’m not surprised by where we were picked," TSU Head Coach Dana Ford said. "I think if you look at a lot of the polls, in some we’ve been really low and others we’ve been really high. I’m not sure if anyone, including me, knows what to expect this year considering what we’ve lost in Wayne Martin, Tahjere McCall and Jordan Reed – three guys who were definite all-league caliber players. At the same time, we return nine guys, so a bulk of our roster is back. It will be interesting, but we’ve never finished where we were picked. One time we were picked dead last and finished second. Another time we were picked second and backed our way into the conference tournament, so we’ll see.”

Tennessee State's women’s basketball team was predicted to finish the 2017-18 Ohio Valley Conference race in 12th place .

This season, Tennessee State will be under the leadership of first year head coach Jessica Kern. The Lady Tigers have six returners from last year’s squad and ten newcomers, including eight freshmen and two transfers that will sit out this year.

“I am excited the building of our program isn’t going unnoticed," commented coach Kern. "I am not surprised with our preseason ranking. It is difficult to rank what you don’t know. However, with our continued progress I am sure the best is yet to come. Keep an eye out for TSU Women’s Basketball - a championship pedigree is our expectation!”

No TSU players made the Preseason All-Conference Teams


 2017-18 OVC Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll
1. Belmont (18 first-place votes) – 235 points
2. Jacksonville State (3) - 213
3. Murray State (3) - 212
4. Eastern Kentucky - 139
5. Tennessee Tech - 137
6. Eastern Illinois - 135
7. Tennessee State - 125
8. UT Martin - 114
9. Morehead State - 89
10. Southeast Missouri - 82
11. Austin Peay - 63
12. SIUE - 40
2017-18 OVC Women’s Basketball Predicted Order of Finish
1. Belmont (22 first-place votes) - 242 points
2. SIUE - 199
3. UT Martin (Two first-place votes) - 198
4. Morehead State - 192
5. Tennessee Tech - 133
6. Austin Peay - 120
7. Jacksonville State - 111
t8. Murray State - 101
t8. Southeast Missouri - 101
10. Eastern Kentucky - 83
11. Eastern Illinois - 64
12. Tennessee State – 38