Bucs set to open season Saturday at Virginia Tech
The ETSU men's basketball team will open their regular season schedule Saturday at Virginia Tech, beginning at 2 p.m. inside Cassell Coliseum.
The ETSU men's basketball team will open their regular season schedule Saturday at Virginia Tech, beginning at 2 p.m. inside Cassell Coliseum.
East Tennessee State (0-1)
Virginia Tech (1-0)
11/10/2012 | Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. | Attendance: 6632
East Tennessee State283462
Virginia Tech433780
Stats at a GlanceETSUVT
FG Percentage.387 (24-62) .466 (27-58)
3P FG Percentage.188 (3-16) .400 (10-25)
FT Percentage.440 (11-25) .667 (16-24)
Offensive Rebounds148
Defensive Rebounds2529
Total Rebounds3937
Bench Points3617
Statistical LeadersETSUVT
PointsWILSON - 20
Erick Green - 21
ReboundsWILSON - 9
Jarell Eddie - 10
Erick Green - 6
StealsWILSON - 1
Erick Green - 2
Joey van Zegeren - 1

Friday, November 09, 2012

BLACKSBURG, Va. (Nov. 10, 2012) – After waiting for over eight months, ETSU fans can enjoy the official return of the Buccaneers’ men’s basketball team Saturday, as the team travels to take on Atlantic Coast Conference foe Virginia Tech in the regular season opener for both teams.

Tip inside Cassell Coliseum is set for 2 p.m., and fans can watch the game live via ESPN3, or listen to the game courtesy of the Buccaneer Sports Network broadcast.

The Bucs and Hokies are meeting in a regular season opener for the second season in a row. Last year, ETSU dropped a hard fought 64-53 contest inside Cassell Coliseum, but that team consisted of several veteran players.

This year, the Bucs will take on VT with a roster that includes 10 players who will see the majority of the playing time, and among that 10 there are just two seniors. The rest of the eight remaining Bucs – a group that includes four freshmen, two sophomores and two junior college transfers – have a total of two years experience playing at the Division I level.

For more on Saturday’s game, read the game notes located below or click on the game notebook link above. For more on ETSU men’s basketball throughout the 2012-13 season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s hoops link.


We are “ETSU”

The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics would like to ask both the print and broadcast media to honor our request to be called “ETSU” ... East Tennessee State in first reference is acceptable, but subsequent references should be ETSU ... On TV graphics please use ETSU ... Our nickname is the Buccaneers, but Bucs is also acceptable.


Buc bits

After several years of quality returning players and at least some level of certainty regarding what to expect heading into the winter months, the 2012-13 ETSU men’s basketball team will enter the new campaign with several questions and concerns. ... The loss of standout seniors such as Adam Sollazzo (Tampa), Isiah Brown (Miami, Fla.) and Tommy Hubbard (Boston) will be hard to overcome, considering that group combined for a total of 3,091 points in their careers ... A year ago, the Bucs enjoyed quality wins such as a road victory over Atlantic 10 Conference foe Charlotte, and finished with a respectable 17 victories on the season. The team finished fourth in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings at 10-8, reaching the league tournament semifinals. ... This season, the Bucs top two returning starters are guards Sheldon Cooley (Tampa) and Marcus Dubose (Hartsville, S.C.), who both combined to score 19.7 points per game a year ago. Along with those two, fellow guard Jarvis Jones (Memphis) and forward Lukas Poderis (Port Richey, Fla.) are the only other ETSU players to be returning after playing significant minutes last year, but Poderis is now lost for the season with a left foot injury and will be forced to redshirt

... With so few returning, experienced players, ETSU will be looking to some unproven returning players, as well as a recruiting class that includes three incoming freshmen and a pair of junior college transfers, to come in and make an immediate impact. Sophomores Rashawn Rembert (Tampa) and John Walton (Memphis), along with redshirt freshman Lester Wilson (Knoxville) are expected to increase their production this year, while true freshmen guards Petey McClain (Mobile, Ala.), Mario Stramaglia (Birmingham, Ala.), and Yunio Barrueta (Miami, Fla.) will look to blossom into early contributors. ... On the interior, Poderis and Walton will need help from junior college transfers Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard (Georgetown, S.C.) and Hunter Harris (Nashville). While they may have plenty of questions entering the season, the Bucs’ schedule will not provide much patience for development. The team will face teams such as North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss and Georgia in the opening weeks of the season, and will host 2011 Final Four participant VCU (Jan. 2) just days before the start of the Atlantic Sun Conference slate. The team will also enjoy a Christmas holiday trip to the Diamond Head Classic and face Arizona in the first round of that event on Dec. 22.


Last time out

JOHNSON CITY (Nov. 3, 2012) – Leading by 18 points with just over 10 minutes left in the game, the ETSU men’s basketball team was forced to weather a furious rally by the Carson-Newman Eagles and held on for a 71-63 victory Saturday in exhibition basketball action at the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center. ... With a team that includes just two seniors to go along with four freshmen, two junior college transfers, and two sophomores who saw only limited minutes a year ago, ETSU head coach Murry Bartow has admittedly called his team a “work in progress.” ... Redshirt freshman Lester Wilson (Knoxville) led the way offensively for the Bucs, scoring a game-high 17 points in 17 minutes of play – including seven critical points in the final two minutes of the contest. In addition, sophomore John Walton (Memphis) posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds on the night.  ... But the game was not that close most of the way. ... After putting together a 19-2 run midway through the first half, the Bucs held a lead of as many as 17 points and ultimately enjoyed a 34-20 advantage at the break. However, after leading 53-35 with 10:06 left in the game, ETSU did not score a field goal for the next seven minutes of game action and looked on as the Eagles put together a 19-2 run of their own to make it 55-54 with 4:35 left in the game. ... From there, the score moved to 65-63 with less than a minute remaining before senior Marcus Dubose (Hartsville, S.C.) overcame a tough shooting night to drain his first field goal of the contest – a 3-pointer from the left wing that gave ETSU a 68-63 cushion. At that point, Wilson capped the scoring by going 3-of-4 from the foul line and icing the 71-63 victory.


The series versus Virginia Tech

The Bucs are 3-14 all-time against the Hokies, having lost in the last meeting between the two schools just one year ago in the 2011-12 season opener ... The Bucs have dropped their last two meetings with the Hokies, but prior to that ETSU had won the previous two meetings in 1998 and 1999.


Last time out against Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. (Nov. 12, 2011) – Despite trailing by 14 points midway through the second half, the ETSU men’s basketball team rallied to within four points late in the game, but ultimately dropped a hard-fought regular season opener to Virginia Tech 64-53 Saturday afternoon at the Cassell Coliseum. ... The Bucs could not overcome a poor shooting effort, as they hit on just 30 percent of their shots from the floor and 12 percent (2-of-17) from the 3-point range. ETSU fell despite holding the Hokies to 39 percent shooting from the floor and 28 percent from beyond the arc. ... Senior Adam Sollazzo (Tampa) led the Bucs with a game-high 13 points, while junior guard Sheldon Cooley (Tampa) and senior post Isiah Brown (Miami, Fla.) pitched in 10 points apiece. ... In the first half, ETSU led by as many as seven points at 17-10 with 9:15 left on the clock. The Bucs maintained a lead for 18 minutes of action in the first half, but a major offensive drought to end the half led to trouble for ETSU. ... A pair of free throws from Tommy Hubbard (Boston) made it 21-15 with 7:54 left, but from there ETSU would not score again and looked on as the Hokies went on a 9-0 run to finish with a 24-21 advantage at the break. ... At the half, ETSU had stayed even in the rebounding category and had committed just three turnovers. However, the Bucs shot just 20 percent from the field and did not have a made 3-point shot. The Bucs did force seven Virginia Tech turnovers and also held the Hokies to just 33 percent shooting from the floor and 10 percent from the 3-point arc. ... ETSU opened the second half with a dunk from Brown, who was fouled on the play and then hit the free throw to tie the game at 24-24. The Bucs were still within six points with 14 minutes left in the game, but three straight 3-pointers from Tech’s Robert Brown made it 46-36 with 11:42 remaining ... Tech then pulled ahead by as many as 14 points, but the Bucs battled back thanks to 10 points from Sollazzo and a layup by Lukas Poderis (Port Richey, Fla.) that made it 55-51 with 1:52 left. However, from there Tech made a pair of free throws followed by a turnover by Sollazzo, and two more Hokie free throws made it 59-51 with 1:04 left. ... ETSU never threatened again. ... The Hokies were led by game-high 13 points from Tyrone Garland.


Bartow stands atop list of second generation coaches

Murry Bartow’s coaching lineage is undeniable ... As the son of the late Gene Bartow, he had the fortunate opportunity to grow up learning from one of the most successful basketball coaches in college history ... Setting off on his own career, Murry has carried on the family tradition of success ... His 61 percent winning percentage at ETSU makes him the winningest Buccaneers’ head coach by percentage, and his 179 career wins ranks second on the ETSU all-time list ... In addition, Murry’s 282 career victories ranks No. 1 among second generation college coaches, besting the 252 wins by John Thompson III ... Along with his father’s 647 career wins, the Bartow men have combined for 929 victories, ranking fourth on the all-time win list for Father/Son coaches.


Talented Bucs still face obstacle with experience

At no time in the tenure of ETSU head coach Murry Bartow have the Buccaneers had less experience ... This season, the team has 13 active players on the roster and only 13 total years of Division I experience combined among all those student-athletes ... On average, that’s just one year of experience per player on average ... With four freshmen and two sophomores that means that nearly half the team are “underclassmen.”


Bucs ranked 2nd, Cooley 12th in steals a year ago

Key to the Bucs’ success last year was the ability to swipe the ball from opponents ... Senior Sheldon Cooley (Tampa) returns this season after ranking 12th nationally with 2.48 steals per game, and as a team, the Bucs ranked second nationally with 10.2 steals per game.


Dubose to be counted on to provide offensive spark

Last season, senior guard Marcus Dubose (Hartsville, S.C.) ranked third on the team with an average of 10.8 points per game ... Those numbers were solid for a first-year junior college transfer, and he also posted statistics such as 16 games of double-figure scoring and six games of 20-plus points ... However, consistency was an issue at times for Dubose, who also posted nine games of five points or less ... Head coach Murry Bartow has publicly stated that a key to the Bucs’ success this season will be having Dubose become a more consistent offensive threat.


Walton on his way up the depth chart

After playing limited minutes a year ago, forward John Walton (Memphis) has been impressing the ETSU coaching staff during the preseason ... After hinting that Walton would demand more playing time this year, ETSU head caoch Murry Bartow started the 6-foot-7 sophomore in the Bucs’ exhibition game last week against Carson-Newman ... Walton responded with a double-double effort, scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds in the win over the Eagles.


Junior college transfers set to power Bucs’ inside game

With the signing of junior college transfers Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard (Georgetown, S.C.) and Hunter Harris (Nashville), the Bucs are hoping to have added some strength -- and beef -- to their inside game this season ... At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Gadsden-Gilliard is a rare combination of size and agility, while Harris is a high energy player who can rebound and block shots at a high level ... With the loss of senior post Lukas Poderis (Port Richey, Fla.) for the season due to a foot injury, the expectations for Harris and KGG have only risen.


Bucs have tradition of postseason appearances, success

The ETSU men’s basketball team has enjoyed its share of postseason success and ranks as one of the nation’s most prestigious basketball programs ... The Buccaneers have earned berths to the NCAA Tournament nine times (1969, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010) and NIT twice (1983, 2007) ... In 2011, the Bucs made their first ever appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, winning twice and advancing to the semifinals of that event ... It was the program’s 12th postseason tournament appearance all-time.


Bucs have tradition of postseason appearances, success

The ETSU men’s basketball team has enjoyed its share of postseason success and ranks as one of the nation’s most prestigious basketball programs ... The Buccaneers have earned berths to the NCAA Tournament nine times (1969, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010) and NIT twice (1983, 2007) ... In 2011, the Bucs made their first ever appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, winning twice and advancing to the semifinals of that event ... It was the program’s 12th postseason tournament appearance all-time.

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MBB Virginia-Wise 66 F
Nov 18 ETSU 111
WBB Appalachian State University 76 Final
Nov 19 ETSU 70
WBB ETSU 79 Final
Nov 21 Saint Francis University 63
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Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. No. 5 Western Carolina (SoCon Quarterfinal)
MBB UNC Asheville 87 F
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Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Winthrop 64
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