Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The 'U' will be there, will you?

The JSU basketball team puts its game under the glare of national television lights Thursday night when it plays Tennessee State in Pete Mathews Coliseum.

The game will be carried on ESPNU, starting at 6 p.m.

Gamecocks junior swingman Trenton Marshall, the OVC’s leading scorer, nodded his head in approval when asked if he was looking forward to it.

It will be the second time JSU and TSU will have played on the “U.” The Gamecocks won the last meeting 72-64 in Pete Mathews Coliseum on Jan. 30, 2007.

It was the first nationally televised game in the building’s then-32-year history. It drew an announced crowd of 4,762.

“It’s always good if you have an opportunity to play on television,” JSU coach James Green said. “Players choose places to play for a lot of reasons — facilities, the chance to play on television, winning, being a part of something that’s been special — and, obviously, any time we have a chance to do any of those, it helps us.

“Right now, with where we are in this program, we’re about trying to recruit and upgrade in every aspect that we can.”

The game marks the second straight appearance for Tennessee State on ESPNU. The Tigers lost to Austin Peay 79-77 on the network Saturday.

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