This is the 69th meeting between the two Ohio Valley Conference rivals, Austin Peay and Tennessee State, with the Governors leading the series 43-26.The two teams split last season's two meetings, with APSU winning in Clarksville, 69-63, Jan. 16, 2012 before losing 77-57 14 days later in Nashville.
This is Dave Loos' 23rd season as Austin Peay head coach and he is 368-328 at APSU-the winningest basketball coach in Ohio Valley Conference history-while 450-381 all-time in his 27th season as a college head coach
Austin Peay was picked to finish third behind Murray State and Southeast Missouri in the newly-formed OVC West Division in the preseason poll.
APSU is home for a short two-game homestand. They will play Tennessee State, Thursday, and East Division leader Belmont, Saturday.
The Govs enter the game having lost six straight and 14 out of their last 15 games following the overtime defeat at Murray State.
Chris Horton was voted OVC Freshman of the Week for a seventh time after his 11-point, 10-rebound performance against Murray State. It was his season's fifth double-double.
Tennessee State comes in at 13-10 overall but 7-3 in the OVC Eastern Division. After three straight road losses, the Tigers handed Tennessee Tech an 84-65 thumping at home last Thursday.
TSU welcomed back All-America candidate Robert Covington against Tennessee Tech. After missing 10 games with a knee injury he recorded 17 points off the bench against Tennessee Tech.
Eleven players average playing at least 10 minutes per game for the deep Tennessee State squad.
Senior forward Kellen Thornton is a force inside, averaging 14.6 ppg and 7.8 rpg.
Junior point guard Patrick Miller is one of the OVC's most underrated players, averaging 13.8 ppg and 5.4 apg.
Jordan Cyphers is averaging 11.8 ppg, including a team-best 44 three pointers.
TSU is shooting an impressive 74 percent at the free-throw line in OVC play.