About the JSU Tigers
-Three Tigers were named to the College Sports Madness 2013 Preseason SWAC team: Julysses Nobles, third team; Jeff Stubbs, fourth team; and Treshawn Bolden, predicted SWAC Freshman of the Year.
-JSU will be without the services of last year’s second-leading scorer, Kelsey Howard (14.1 ppg). Howard will sit out the 2013-14 season.
-The 2013-14 season marks the first for Wayne Brent as JSU’s head coach. Brent is the seventh head coach for Jackson State.
-Brent took over the head coaching job following a highly successful career in the high school ranks. Brent is known as one of the best developers of talent in the Jackson area.
-The Tigers finished the 2012-13 season with an 11-18 overall record and a 9-9 conference mark. JSU finished as the No. 2 seed in the SWAC tournament. After beating Alabama State in the quarter finals, the Tigers lost to Prairie View A&M, 88-75, in the semifinals.
-Brent’s roster has only two players who saw action from last year’s team, Derrell Taylor and Jeff Stubbs. Taylor is the only returning starter.
-JSU has 12 newcomers on its roster this season. The slate of newcomers are highlighted by Jackson high school standouts like Marcus Love, Murrah High School; Dontaveon Robinson and Javares Brent, Provine High School; and Treshawn Bolden, Callaway High School.
-Since taking over as head coach, Wayne Brent has established a new student section for men's home games called "Brent's Bunch." The unit, which is comprised of students, cheerleaders and the JSU dance line, is charged with bringing an exciting atmosphere to JSU’s home court at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center.
-The Jackson State men’s basketball team enters the game Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, with a 4-9, 0-1 record. The Tigers are coming off a SWAC opening loss to Alabama A&M.
-Julysses Nobles leads the team in scoring (15.8 ppg); BJ West leads the team in rebounding and blocked shots (11.1 rpg and 2.4 bpg).
-JSU averages 64.1 ppg and allows 69.9. The Tigers also average 35.8 rpg and allow 34.2.
Alabama State-Jackson State series
- JSU leads the series, 47-29.
Scouting Alabama State
-The Alabama State Hornets enter the Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, game with a 7-5, 1-0 record. The Hornets are on a three-game winning streak.
-Jemel Waters leads the team in scoring (13.8 ppg) and assists (7.3 apg). Maurice Strong leads the team in rebounding (6.2).
-The Hornets are 2-4 in road games this season.
-Alabama State averages 71.7 ppg and allows 69.1.
Last meeting on March 14, 2013
-JSU won 66-59 in the opening round of the SWAC Tournament in Garland, Texas.
-Alabama State led 31-30 at halftime.
-Christian Williams led JSU with 22 points, and Jeff Stubbs came off the bench to score 18.
-Phillip Crawford led Alabama State with 18 points.
JSU’s SWAC rankings
-JSU is second in the SWAC in scoring defense (70.1).
-JSU is second in the SWAC in rebounding margin (+1).
-JSU leads the SWAC in defensive rebounding (34.8).
-Julysses Nobles is third in the SWAC in scoring (17.1).
-BJ West leads the SWAC in rebounding (11.3) and blocked shots (2.4).
-Jeff Stubbs leads the SWAC in free-throw percentage (.933).
JSU’s NCAA rankings
-BJ West is ranked 41st in blocks, seventh in rebounds and sixth in double-doubles.
-Jeff Stubbs is ranked sixth in free-throw percentage.
Waters vs. Nobles
The Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, game — JSU vs. Alabama State — features two of the best all-around players in the SWAC in Jamel Waters and Julysses Nobles. Both players lead their teams in multiple statistical categories. Waters leads Alabama State in scoring (13.8 ppg), assists (7.3 apg), steals (1.8 spg) and minutes played (33.0).
Nobles leads JSU in scoring (15.8 ppg), assists (3.2 apg), steals (1.4 spg) and minutes played (35.4).
First double-double of the season
JSU center BJ West recorded his first double-double of the season against Arkansas State with 14 points and 11 assists in a JSU loss.
Praise and Worship Night
JSU will next face the Alabama State Hornets Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. The game is billed as Praise and Worship Night, and ticket prices are $5 for the men’s and women’s double-header. Tipoff for the women’s game is set for 5:30 p.m., and the men will follow at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, contact the JSU Athletics Ticket Office at 601-979-2420.
Tigers hoops on B-Day radio
All JSU men’s basketball SWAC games can be heard live on 99.1 FM B-Day. The broadcast will start with a pre-game show and end with a post-game interview featuring head coach Wayne Brent. Sam West and Rob Jay will serve as game commentators.
Today’s opponents in the SWAC preseason rankings
Jackson State and Alabama State will square off in the Monday, Jan., 6, 2014, game at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. JSU was predicted to finish fifth in the conference this season, and Alabama State was predicted to finish seventh.
SWAC tournament moved to Houston
The 2014 Southwestern Athletic Conference basketball tournament has been moved to the Toyota Center in Houston.