Men's Basetball Prepares for UNC Greensboro
Men's Basetball Prepares for UNC Greensboro
Monday, February 12, 2001

ETSU (14-9, 9-3 SoCon) vs. UNC Greensboro (15-8, 9-3 SoCon)

Tuesday, February 13, 2001 - 7:30 p.m.

Johnson City, Tenn. - Memorial Center

Todays Game ... ETSU is 14-9 overall, 9-3 in the Southern Conference ... ETSUs conference start is their best since beginning the 1991-92 conference campaign with a 9-2 record ... ETSU finished that season 12-2 in the SoCon and won the regular season and tournament championship ... The Bucs are 6-1 against SoCon North teams, with their only loss coming at UNC Greensboro on Jan. 29 ... The Bucs have swept their season series with Appalachian State and Western Carolina ... ETSU has won nine of its last 11 games.

Home Stretch ... Tonights game will begin ETSUs longest home stretch of the season -- three games ... Following tonights contest against UNC Greensboro, the Bucs will host Davidson (Feb. 17) and VMI (Feb. 21) ... The Bucs lost at UNCG (67-77) on Jan. 29 and defeated Davidson (59-55) on Jan. 8 and VMI (74-60) on Jan. 24 ... After this streak, ETSU will complete its regluar season at Wofford (Feb. 24).

Due For a Breakout ... Junior Dimeco Childress has scored in double figures 15 times in the first 23 games ... In the Bucs last game, Childress netted eight points ... In the seven previous games following a single-digit effort, Childress has averaged 12.3 points/game ... Three of the six times, Childress has scored 18 points ... ETSU is 6-1 in the next game.

An Automatic Scooter ... Senior forward Renaldo Scooter Johnson has been almost automatic over the last eight games ... In that span, Johnson is shooting 70.4 percent (38-54) from the field ... He has not shot below 50.0 percent in any contest and has cleared 80.0 percent twice ... Johnson is averaging 11.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in that span ... Johnson has grabbed seven-or-more rebounds in each of the last five games ... He is averaging 8.6 rebounds/game in that span.

In Southern Conference Games ... Junior Dimeco Childress and senior Renaldo Johnson are tied for the team lead in Conference action, scoring 11.6 points/SoCon game ... Johnson leads the team with 6.3 rebounds/SoCon game ... In 12 Conference contests, Johnson is shooting 66.7 percent (56-84) from the floor.

Success in Johnson City ... Since Coach DeChellis arrived in 1996-97, the Bucs are 41-20 (.672) in 61 home contests .... ETSU is 8-2 this season and was 8-5 last season, 10-4 in 1998-99, 9-3 in 1997-98 and 6-6 in 1996-97.

First Win Against College of Charleston ... For the first time in program history, the Bucs defeated College of Charleston, 62-47, on Feb. 6 ... ETSU never trailed and outrebounded the Cougars by 21 (43-22) -- its largest margin of the season ... ETSU held the Cougars to 34.0 percent from the field and 12.5 percent from 3-pt. range ... With the Bucs leading by seven (49-42) with 6:07 remaining, Dimeco Childress scored the games next eight points and scored ETSUs next 10 points to secure the win.

Recipe For Success ... When the Bucs accomplish certain feats they are a tough team to beat ... ETSU is 10-2 when it outrebounds the opponent and when it holds the opponent to 39.0 percent-or-less shooting ... The Bucs are 13-2 when leading at the half ... ETSU is 7-0 when shooting 50.0 percent or higher and 8-0 when holding its opponent to 60-or-fewer points ... On an individual basis, the Bucs are 8-2 when Cliff Decoster scores in double figures and 7-1 when he leads the team in steals.

Stingy Defense ... After 23 games this season, the Bucs lead the Southern Conference in field goal percentage defense (39.9 percent) and rank second in scoring defense (65.2 ppg) ... The Bucs have allowed its opponent to shoot above 45 percent only twice in the past 13 games ... After 11 Conference contests, ETSU is holding its opponent to 39.4 percent from the field.

The Double-Double Club ... Senior forward Renaldo Johnson leads the Bucs with three double-doubles this season ... His latest double-double was a 12-point, 10-rebound performance against College of Charleston (Feb. 6) ... He recorded his second double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds at UNC Greensboro (Jan. 29) ... Johnsons first double-double came when he netted 12 points and grabbed 10 boards in the 87-76 loss at Vanderbilt (Nov. 24) ... senior Adrian Meeks recorded his double-double of the season (12 points, 11 rebounds) in the Bucs 66-47 win against Furman (Jan. 20) ... junior guard Dimeco Childress entered ETSUs double-double club with a 15-point, 11-rebound performance in a 73-63 win at James Madison (Dec. 30).

Southern Conference Leaders ... After 23 games this winter, ETSU ranks among the Southern Conference leaders in many categories ... ETSU leads the SoCon in field goal percentage defense (39.9 percent), scoring margin (+7.9) and steals/game (9.52) ... The Bucs rank second in field goal percentage (45.1), scoring defense (65.2 ppg), rebounding (39.1) and turnover margin (+2.09) ... The Bucs rank third in scoring offense (73.1 ppg) and rebounding margin (+5.1).

Individual Leaders of the SoCon ... Junior Dimeco Childress ranks 11th in the Southern Conference in scoring (13.5 ppg) ... Childress ranks seventh in 3-pt. field goals made (2.04) ... junior Cliff Decoster ranks 13th in assists (2.96 apg) and sixth in steals (1.78 spg) ... senior Renaldo Johnson ranks second in field goal percentage (59.7 percent) and is tied for third with 2.91 offensive rebounds/game.

Starting Lineups ... The Bucs used the same starting lineup in the first five games and have used the same lineup in each of the last 17 contests ... Records of starting lineup: (Decoster, Childress, McDuffie, Meeks, Johnson - 1-4 / Games 1-5); (Decoster, Childress, Carson, Johnson, Seels - 1-0 / Game 6): (Decoster, Childress, Lawson, Meeks, Johnson - 12-5 / Games 7-23).

In the Southern Conference ... ETSU is 34-39 (.466) in the Southern Conference since head coach Ed DeChellis took over in 1996-97 ... The Bucs are 9-3 this winter ... ETSU opened this winters campaign with 11 consecutive non-conference games, going 5-6.

The Head Coach ... Fifth-year head coach Ed DeChellis has compiled a 63-71 (.470) record at ETSU ... He now ranks fifth all-time in victories ... Madison Brooks won 370 games from 1948-73 ... DeChellis came to Johnson City after 10 years as an assistant at Penn State University.

On the Bench ... Joining head coach Ed DeChellis and second-year assistant Hilliary Scott are two new assistant coaches for the 2000-01 season ... Tom Conrad comes to ETSU after serving the past four years as head coach at Charleston Southern ... Conrad led the Buccaneers to their first-ever NCAA Tournament bid in 1997 ... Scott Wagers also joins the staff, after serving as a high school head coach for the past nine years ... Wagers compiled a 120-24 record at Robinson High School in Tampa, Florida in his five-year tenure.

The Buccaneer Radio Network ... WJCW-AM is the flagship station of the Buccaneer Radio Network. The network will broadcast every mens basketball game and the coaches show. Chip Kessler will serve as the Voice of the Bucs.

Medical Report ... The Bucs are operating at full strength.