Men's Basketball Prepares for James Madison
Men's Basketball Prepares for James Madison
Friday, December 29, 2000

ETSU (4-6) vs. James Madison (5-6)

December 30, 2000 - 2 p.m.

Harrisonburg, Va. - JMU Convocation Center

Bonus Shots ... A season-high six players scored in double figures in the Bucs 109-68 win against Ferrum (Dec. 21) ... Freshmen Sam Oatman (14) and Zakee Wadood (10) both notched a career high in scoring against Ferrum ... ETSU has scored 100-or-more points twice this season, the first time a Buc team has accomplished that feat since the 1993-94 season ... After six games this season, sophomore Isaac Potter has scored 35 points, the same amount he scored in all 18 of his games last season.

Strong off the Bench ... The Buccaneer bench has proved to be a valuable resource in the past five contests ... ETSUs bench is outscoring the starters 225-205 (45.0-41.0) in that span ... Senior D.J. McDuffie has led the crew ... The Greensboro, N.C. native, is averaging 16.5 points per game in the last two contests.

From the Charity Stripe ... Free throw shooting has proved to be a thorn in the Bucs side all season ... Against Ferrum, ETSU made 31-of-39 attempts (79.5 percent) -- its best effort of the winter ... ETSU has made more than 60.0 percent four times in the first 10 games ... It marked the second time this season the Bucs had a better percentage than its opponent (Radford).

Streaks ... The Bucs have dished more assists than their opponent in six of the last seven games ... ETSU has outrebounded its opponent in five of the last six games (245-203/40.8-33.8) ... Junior Dimeco Childress is the only ETSU player to make at least one three-pointer in each game this season ... Childress has made a trey in 14 consecutive games, dating back to last season ... Childress has scored in double figures seven times in the first 10 games ... He has scored nine points in the other three contests.

Against the Colonial ... ETSU is 16-21 all-time against current Colonial Athletic Association teams ... The Bucs are: 2-0 vs. George Mason; 4-4 vs. James Madison; 3-4 vs. UNC Wilmington; 7-4 vs. Richmond; 0-8 vs. VCU and 0-1 vs. William & Mary ... ETSU is 7-8 against East Carolina, a former CAA member ... The Bucs have never played American or Old Dominion ... ETSU lost to VCU, 63-53, on November 22.

Scoring By Class ... Led by guard Dimeco Childress team-high 157 points, the junior class has outscored its counterparts after 10 games this winter ... Joining Childress is classmate Cliff Decoster (80) ... The following is a scoring breakdown by class: juniors (two players) - 237, seniors (four players) - 236, freshmen (six players) - 201, sophomores (two players) - 93.

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 four 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 - 2-2 / Games 7-10).

Away from Home ... Since Coach Ed DeChellis arrived in 1996-97, the Bucs are 15-43 away from Johnson City ... They are 1-4 this year and 5-9 last season, 6-6 in 1998-99, 2-12 in 1997-98 and 1-12 in 1996-97.

Margin of Victory ... ETSU captured its biggest victory in program history (68 points), 109-41, against Warren Wilson on Dec. 5 ... ETSU led 59-17 at halftime and opened to a 72-point advantage, 101-29, with 4:38 remaining in the second half ... Dimeco Childress netted a team-high 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting ... point guard Cliff Decoster dished five assists and thieved five steals ... Jerald Fields (13) and Ryan Carson (11) also scored in double figures ... freshman Zakee Wadood grabbed a season-high seven rebounds ... ETSU shot well (57.1 percent) from the field while holding Warren Wilson to 28.8 percent.

The Double-Double Club ... Senior center Renaldo Johnson became the first member of ETSUs double-double club for the 2000-01 season ... Johnson netted 12 points and grabbed 10 boards in the 87-76 loss at Vanderbilt (Nov. 24) ... During the 1999-2000 season, Leo Murray led the team with six double-doubles while Adrian Meeks notched the teams other three double-doubles.

On His Way to 1,000 ... Senior D.J. McDuffie needs 182 points to become the 21st player in ETSU history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark ... With 17 regular season and at least one Southern Conference Tournament game remaining, McDuffie has to average 10.1 points/game to reach 1,000 ... The Greensboro, N.C. native, has netted 818 career points (124 as a freshman, 298 as a sophomore, 313 as a junior and 83 as a senior) ... Trazel Silvers is the most recent entrant to the 1,000 point club, tallying 1,257 career points fom 1991-94.

Non-Conference Opponents ... The Bucs are 28-31 against non-conference opponents since head coach Ed DeChellis took over in 1996-97 ... ETSU is 4-6 this season and was 6-7 against out-of-conference foes last season ... The Bucs open the 2000-01 campaign with 11 non-conferece games before entering Southern Conference action.

On Television ... The Bucs have two scheduled appearances on television during the 2000-01 season ... Their TV debut is at 8 p.m. on January 2, 2001 at Chattanooga ... ETSU will also be televised when it hosts College of Charleston at 7:30 p.m. on February 6 ... Both games will be carried by Comcast/Charters Sports Southeast (CSS).

Dominating the Glass ... This season ETSU is outrebouding its opponents 401-351 (40.1 rpg-35.1 rpg) ... ETSUs largest margin this season was +20 in the season-opening win against Lynchburg (Nov. 17) ... The Bucs outrebounded their opponents by 4.0 boards per game last winter ... ETSU led the Southern Conference in rebounding margin ... The Bucs 36.9 rebounds/game ranked second in the Southern Conference ... Leo Murray ranked fourth (8.1) while Adrian Meeks (6.9) ranked 11th in the SoCon.

The Head Coach ... Fifth-year head coach Ed DeChellis has compiled a 53-68 (.438) record at ETSU ... He is the sixth winningest coach in Buccaneer basketball history and trails fifth-place Jim Halihan by four 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 thanks to second-year athletic trainer Jose Fonseca.