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November 12, 2012
Preview: MT at Savannah State
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The 2012 hoops season finally tipped off Friday night for the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders as they hosted the Alabama State Hornets inside the Glass House. Looking to pick up where they left off last season, the Blue Raiders did just that, winning in dominant fashion.
The Blue Raiders also reminded fans just how well they play as a team against ASU, passing the ball around to create their shots in route to finishing the game with 27 assists. Guards Tweety Knight and Bruce Massey combined for 10 of those assists.
Tuesday's opposition will be Savannah State, who played Trinity Baptist in their season opener. The Tigers would jump out to an early 16-1 lead and would never look back as they would go on to win with ease, 84-62. SSU is led by senior forward Rashad Hassan, who had an impressive season debut - scoring 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting.
Savannah State is a good shooting team and they continued that trend against Trinity Baptist, shooting 55 percent from the field in that contest. When they do miss shots they are good at getting second chance points as they dominated the offensive boards with 14. Junior forward Jyles Smith led the team in rebounding in the first game with 11 boards - six of those coming on the offensive end.
JT Sulton - scored eight points and hauled in nine rebounds against Alabama State. Has been nursing a back injury so it will be interesting to see where he is at physically as the Blue Raiders really need him in the post.
Jyles Smith - scored eight points and tallied 11 rebounds against Trinity Baptist. His battle in the post with the likes of Sulton, Torin Walker, Shawn Jones and Neiko Hunter will go a long way in leading SSU to a potential victory.
Look for the second half to be key as the depth of Middle Tennessee will start to show and they will begin to pull away using their slew of talented shooters.
If Middle Tennessee can continue to shoot well from beyond the arc and from the charity stripe like they did in the first game, they should be able to win by pulling away late.
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