Bucs set to face SEC foe Arkansas Friday
Thursday, November 26, 2009

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Nov. 27, 2009) -- Looking to build on the momentum from their win Wednesday night over Southern Conference preseason favorite College of Charleston, the ETSU Buccaneers head on the road to face Southeastern Conference foe Arkansas.

The Bucs and Razorbacks will meet Friday night at 8 p.m. (EST) and the game will be available live on television thanks to WJHL-TV 11 Connects.

For more on the game click on the game notes link above or read the game notes below.

Buc bits

The ETSU men's basketball snapped a three-game losing streak Wednesday night, defeating former Southern Conference rival College of Charleston, 77-71 inside Memorial Center ... The Bucs (2-3) are now 2-0 at home this sesaon, and will be looking to win on the road for the first time this year when they take on the Razorbacks Friday night ... ETSU is currently in the midst of the six games in 12 days stretch that will include road trips to Chattanooga, Morgan State, Louisville and Arkansas, as well as home games against College of Charleston and North Florida .. ETSU remains without the services of preseason All Atlantic Sun Conference pick Mike Smith, as the senior is still nursing a knee injury In Smith's absence, junior forward Tommy Hubbard (Boston) and junior guard Justin Tubbs (Trussville, Ala.) have stepped up their offensive production Hubbard has posted double-doubles in three of his last four games, which included a career best 26-point effort against the Mocs Meanwhile, Tubbs posted a career best 29 points against CofC after having set a previous career best with 18 points and seven rebounds in the loss at No. 20 Louisville Currently, Tubbs and Hubbard and Tubbs lead the Bucs in scoring with 16.2 points and 14.2 points per game, respectively.


The series against Arkansas

The Bucs and Razorbacks have met just once, with that game coming during the 1983-84 season ... Arkansas won that previous matchup, 79-50. 


Last time out

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 26, 2009) - Junior guard Justin Tubbs (Trussville, Ala.) scored a career high 29 points and the ETSU men's basketball team held off a late College of Charleston rally to drop the Cougars 77-71 in non-conference play Wednesday night inside Memorial Center ... A crowd of 3,105 looked on as the Bucs led by as many as 12 points multiple times during the game, but the Cougars used a 9-2 run late in the second half to pull within three points at 68-65 with 3:09 left in the regulation. However, from there the Bucs hit enough free throws to hold off their former Southern Conference rival, a team that is picked to win the SoCon this season. ... The Bucs did dominate the glass and hold the Cougars' shooting attack in check. Meanwhile, along with Tubbs' scoring ETSU got a double-double from Tommy Hubbard (Boston) with 13 points  and 11 rebounds, while J.C. Ward (Marietta) provided 11 points and five boards in just 21 minutes of action ... Statistically, the Bucs only turned the ball over just 10 times in the game and committed just nine fouls in 40 minutes of action. ETSU improved somewhat at the foul line hitting 63 percent (15-of-24) from the line, and held the Cougars to a 26 percent clip from 3-point range. ... In the first half, ETSU blitzed to a 7-0 lead behind Tubbs' pure shooting stroke and built that advantage to as many as 12 at 36-24 with just over a minute left before the break. Tubbs ultimately finished with 20 points in the first half and ETSU led 40-30 at the break ... The second half saw the Cougars cut the lead to 46-40 on a 3-pointer by Andrew Goudelock with 13:26 left in regulation, but the Bucs once again pulled away to make it 66-56 with just under six minutes left. However, the Charleston fullcourt press confused the Bucs from there on out, allowing CofC to rally and pull to within three at 68-65. ETSU withstood the charge though, outscoring Charleston 9-6 the rest of the way ...           Charleston - the preseason favorite in the SoCon - got a team high 23 from Goudelock, while Jeremy Simmons and Casaan Breeden added 18 and 15 points, respectively. ... The Bucs return to action Friday at 8 p.m. (EST) on the road at Arkansas. The game will air live locally on WJHL-TV 11 Connects. For more on ETSU men's hoops, visit ETSUBucs.com.


Tubbs delivers on the offensive end

When junior guard Justin Tubbs (Trussville, Ala.) transfered out of the University of Alabama and came to ETSU, many expected the athletic guard to provide an immediate impact on the offensive end of the floor ... This has been the case ... In his most recent outing, Tubbs posted a game high and career high 29 points in the Bucs win over Charleston (11/25) ... Currently, Tubbs has eclipsed double-figure scoring in four of the Bucs first five games and is leading the team offensively with 16.2 points per game.


Hubbard steps up his game, averaging double-double

Much has been written and reported about junior forward Tommy Hubbard (Boston) and his efforts to improve his offensive game ... Already considered one of the best defenders in the A-Sun, Hubbard's hardwork finally paid dividends against Chattanooga ... Setting career bests for points (26) and rebounds (13), Hubbard collected his first career double-double against the Mocs ... In addition, he hit his first 3-point shot in three seasons with the Bucs, and didn't stop there -- ultimately finishing with four long-range bombs on the night ... Hubbard also set career highs for field goals (9), field goals attempted (13), 3-pointers attempted (5), blocks (1) and steals (2) ... Hubbard stayed hot against Morgan State, posting another double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds ... Hubbard currently leads the Bucs with 10.0 rpg and is averaging 14.2 points per contest.


Charity stripe woes cost Bucs

Shooting just 57 percent from the foul line so far this season, the Buccaneers are showing how poor foul shooting can cost a team ... Against Chattanooga, ETSU attempted two more foul shots than the Mocs (29-27), but UTC hit on 22 of their attempts compared to just 14 for the Bucs ... Then, against Morgan State, the Bucs were just 22-of-36 (61.1 percent) from the line ... All told, the Bucs are 44-of-79 in their last three games, before going 15-of-24 for a 63 percent mark against Charleston ...  A year ago, this was a strength for ETSU, which as a team shot 71 percent from the line.


ETSU the "only" A-Sun team picked among nation's best "Prestige" programs

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (July 22, 2008) - Since the beginning of the modern era for NCAA Division I-A basketball - marked by the expansion of the NCAA Tournament field to 64 teams in 1984-85 - the ETSU men's basketball program ranks in the Top 30 percent of the 300 programs that were eligible for the postseason at that time, this according to a new "Prestige" ranking released by ESPN.com ... The Buccaneers, who have enjoyed six NCAA Tournament trips, one NIT berth, seven 20-win seasons, and a slew of conference regular season and tournament championships since 1984-85, ranked tied for 82nd out of 300 teams, meaning they were in the Top 27 percent of schools making the list. ETSU was ranked ahead of every current Atlantic Sun Conference team, as well as former Southern Conference rivals Appalachian State, Western Carolina, Georgia Southern and UNC Greensboro. The Bucs also were placed ahead of every current member of the Colonial Athletic Association with the exception of Old Dominion ... In addition, the Bucs ranked ahead of SEC schools such as Tennessee, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Georgia, Mississippi and Auburn, as well as other major programs such as Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, DePaul, Bradley, Clemson, California and Florida State.


Sollazzo steps up on night ETSU honors Coy

Before the start of the Bucs' Homecoming game against Appalachian State (11/14), the ETSU community honored the memory of former center Seth Coy, who died in a car accident last summer ... His former roommate and friend, Adam Sollazzo (Tampa), now wears Coy's No. 43 jersey and against the Mountaineers he played inspired basketball ... Sollazzo set a career high with 13 points and hit two critical foul shots in the final seconds to lift the Bucs to a victory.


Bench play critical in win over Mountaineers

With only 21 points of offensive production from its starting five on Saturday, the Bucs got a huge lift from its bench against the Mountaineers ... All three ETSU players to reach double figures -- Adam Sollazzo (13), Justin Tubbs (11) and Sheldon Cooley (11) -- all came off the bench, and the Bucs got a total of 41 from the reserves as a whole ... With injuries costing the Bucs several offensive weapons, look for ETSU to continue to count on contributions from the bench.


Preseason polls pick Bucs middle of the pack

The ETSU men's basketball team was picked fourth by the Atlantic Sun Conference coaches and fifth by the league's media in preseason polls release Wednesday by the conference office ... The conference's two most recent tournament champions, ETSU (2009) and Belmont (2006-08) place fourth and fifth, depending on the poll. The Buccaneers edged out the Bruins for the spot from the coaches while the media gave the nod the Bruins. Both teams suffered tremendous losses due to graduation. ETSU must replace Courtney Pigram (Memphis) and Kevin Tiggs (Flint, Mich.), one of the highest scoring duos in the nation a season ago.


Big questions surround Bucs entering 2009-10

With the loss of seniors Courtney Pigram and Kevin Tiggs -- one of the most dynamic offensive duos in the country -- the Bucs have a lot of questions to answer on the offenisve end of the floor this season  ... Having averaged 78.1 points a game a year ago, which ranked 21st nationally in all of Division I play -- ETSU has lost 44.0 of those points to graduation when one includes now departed senior Greg Hamlin in that trio ... In addition to the losses on offensive, the Bucs' 13-man roster includes just eight players who have experienced actual floor time in college ... The other five players are either true freshmen, redshirt freshmen or walk-ons.