Bucs set for final exhibition Monday night against Carson-Newman
Sunday, November 8, 2009

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 8, 2009) -- The ETSU men's basketball team will play its second and final exhibition game of the preseason Monday night, hosting Carson-Newman inside Memorial Center. Tip is schedule for 7 p.m.

The Buccaneers, who were 113-61 winners over Milligan College last week in their first exhibition game, are looking to make their final adjustments and tune up in preparation for their season opener Saturday against Appalachian State. That game against the Mountaineers is scheduled for 4 p.m. and will culminate the week's Homecoming activities on campus.

For more on Monday's game, click on the above game notes link or read the game notes below:

The series against Carson-Newman

While this year's meeting will be an exhibition contest, the Bucs and Eagles have met 52 times in regular season play over the years ... Though most of these matchups occurred in the early and mid-part of the 20th century, the all-time series between the two teams stands at 32-10, with ETSU holding the advantage ... The last time the two teams met was in 1995, with ETSU winning 86-63 ... ETSU holds a five-game regular season win streak currently over C-N.


Last time out

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 3, 2009) - Despite having three players on the bench in street clothes - including preseason All-Atlantic Sun Conference selection Mike Smith (Vandalia, Mo.) - the ETSU men's basketball team showed some depth in its first public performance of the 2009-10 season, rolling to a lopsided 113-61 victory over nearby Milligan College in exhibition play Tuesday night at Memorial Center ... An impressive crowd of 3,472 came out for the exhibition and looked on as the defending Atlantic Sun Conference champions placed six players in double figures offensively, while the ETSU defensive pressure picked up where it left off last year, forcing 25 Milligan turnovers on 14 steals. The Bucs were led offensively by junior Micah Williams (Manchester) and freshman Sheldon Cooley (Tampa), both of whom posted 19 points in the game ... "I'm really pleased with the effort tonight," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow. "Six different guys in double figures was nice, and I think we saw a lot of positives out there. There are still things to work on obviously, like we didn't shoot free throws well and had some guys in foul trouble. But overall it was good. For us right now the most important thing is to get healthy." ... The Bucs were without the services of Smith, junior guard Justin Tubbs (Trussville, Ala.) and redshirt freshman J.C. Ward (Marietta, Ga.), all of whom are nursing bumps and bruises. All are expected to return to action soon and missed the game as a precaution ... In the first half, ETSU wasted little time taking away any hopes the Buffaloes had of picking up an upset win in this battle of backyard neighbors. The Bucs outscored Milligan 15-5 in the first five minutes, and extended that lead to as many of 23 points at 48-25 with 1:44 left in the half ... At the intermission, ETSU led 50-30 and as a team the Bucs were shooting 56 percent from the floor, while holding Milligan to just 37 percent shooting ... The second half was much the same story, with the Bucs pressuring Milligan into poor offensive decisions and capitalizing on those mistakes offensively. The result was ETSU building its lead out to the 113-61 final ... As expected, the numbers were heavily in favor of the Bucs, who outrebounded Milligan 58-32 and shot 53 percent from the floor for the game. ETSU held Milligan to 33 percent from the floor, while holding a 62-20 advantage in points in the paint and a 39-11 edge in points off turnovers ... Along with Williams and Jones, the Bucs got 15 points from sophomore guard Adam Sollazzo (Tampa), while freshman forward Lukas Poderis (Port Richey, Fla.), sophomore forward Isiah Brown (Miami) and junior forward Tommy Hubbard (Boston) each pitched in 14 apiece.

Big questions surround Bucs as 2009-10 season starts

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.


Sollazzo to honor Coy with number change

When ETSU's rising sophomore forward Seth Coy (Montgomery, Ind.) was tragically killed in a car accident this summer, it left the entire Buccaneer community with a deep sense of loss ... As is often the case, those that are left to mourn have looked for ways to remember the Bucs' 6-foot-11 "Gentle Giant." ... For sophomore guard Adam Sollazzo (Tampa), who was Coy's roommate, the answer was simple ... Changing his jersey number from No. 20 to Coy's No. 43, Sollazzo will play the 2009-10 season to honor his friend and have that memory with him each night.


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. Mike Smith (Vandalia, Mo.), a Preseason All-Atlantic Sun selection looks to build a bounce-back season in 2008-09 when he averaged more than 15 points and seven rebounds per game.


Bucs offering families "value" for attending games

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 28, 2009) - With the considerable expense of entertainment options today and the difficult economic times faced by many local families, the ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics in cooperation with Fun Expedition™ Family Center of Johnson City are teaming up to make it more affordable than ever for families to attend Buccaneer basketball games during this 2009-10 season ... The Fun Expedition™ Family Pack and the Fun Expedition™ Family Zone will provide ETSU fans with a pair of options to make attending ETSU basketball games easier on the pocketbook. In fact, the program will offer tickets for free to children 10 and under (with the purchase of an adult ticket), while also offering discounts of more than 50 percent on packaged ticket deals ... Below are specific details of how each of these two programs will work:

           -- Fun Expedition™ Family Packs: These special family packs will contain 4 bronze level tickets (located in sections C and E), a concessions coupon for FREE popcorn, and a coupon from FUN EXPEDITION™. The total cost of one pack is $20, which is a savings of well over 50 percent on the regular cost of admission (reserved single seats are $10 each).

           -- Fun Expedition™ Family Zone: In addition to the family pack option, the Fun Expedition Family Zone will provide kids 10 and under a FREE Blue Level ticket (located in sections B and F) with the purchase of an adult Blue Level ticket. The free kids' tickets will be available to the first 900 fans, and these special family tickets can be purchased at the booth located between Memorial Center and Brooks Gym. Parents with more than two children will be able to get as many as four FREE tickets with the purchase of two regular-priced tickets.


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.


Home Sweet Dome

Since the 1996-97 season, the Buccaneers are an amazing 130-40 inside Memorial Center, good for a winning percentage of 77 percent ... The Bucs had won five straight at Memorial Center during the 2006-07 season before a loss to Belmont (1/2) ... The Bucs then rattled off 10 straight at home to stand at 15-1 on the Memorial Center floor that season, but fell to Belmont in the championship of the A-Sun Tourney... In 2007-08, the Bucs were 11-2 at Memorial Center ... In 2008-09, the Bucs were again 11-2 at home.