December 12, 20201st2ndFinal
UAB224365
ETSU253661
Stats at a GlanceUABETSU
FG Percentage.361 (22-61) .364 (20-55)
3P FG Percentage.333 (6-18) .318 (7-22)
FT Percentage.789 (15-19) .609 (14-23)
Offensive Rebounds1212
Defensive Rebounds2730
Total Rebounds3942
Turnovers1217
Steals83
Bench Points2717
LeadersUABETSU
PointsErtel - 19
Brewer - 18
ReboundsJemison - 12
Adheke - 11
AssistsScott-Grayson - 3
Sloan - 4
StealsJackson - 4
Adheke - 2
BlocksJemison - 3
Adheke - 3
Brewer - 3
Bucs to host UAB in home opener Saturday
Bucs to host UAB in home opener Saturday
Friday, December 11, 2020

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 11, 2020) – After a 15-day layoff, the ETSU men’s basketball team returns to the hardwood when the Buccaneers host UAB in their home opener Saturday at 4 p.m. inside Freedom Hall. 

HOW TO FOLLOW THE BUCS

Fans can follow all of the action live on WXSM-AM 640 The Extreme Sports Monster as “Voice of the Bucs” Jay Sandos will provide the radio call, beginning with the Atmos Energy Pregame Show at 3:30 p.m. on the Buccaneer Sports Network. CLICK HERE FOR LIVE AUDIO 

Saturday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN+ with Mike Gallagher and Bruce Tranbarger on the call; CLICK HERE FOR LIVE VIDEO   

Live stats will also be provided via StatBroadcast… Fans can access live stats on their computers or mobile devices by clicking here 

Follow Buccaneer basketball on Twitter @ETSU_MBB and on Instagram @etsubasketball

ETSU SUSPENDS ATTENDANCE AT ATHLETIC EVENTS THROUGH DEC. 27

Following consultation with local health care experts and elected officials, East Tennessee State University President Dr. Brian Noland has announced that no spectators will be allowed at ETSU athletic events, including those hosted at the University School, effective through Dec. 27. At that time, ETSU will evaluate regional data respective to the COVID-19 pandemic in making a decision about future events.

ABOUT THE BUCS

ETSU (1-2) is coming off a 57-43 win over MTSU in the finale of the Gulf Coast Showcase back on Nov. 27 in Estero, Fla. The Blue and Gold opened the season with back-to-back losses to tournament winner Abilene Christian (47-70)  and runner-up Austin Peay  (66-67).

LEDARRIUS BREWER NAMED TO GULF COAST SHOWCASE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

It didn’t take long for Ledarrius Brewer to make his impact felt as he averaged 15.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and made 15 field goals in the three games at the Gulf Coast Showcase, landing him all-tournament team honors … Brewer scored in double figures all three games, including a 20-point, 8-rebound in the 57-43 win over MTSU … The Buccaneer junior guard started the season with 10  points and four rebounds against Abilene Christian and followed that up with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting in the 67-66 setback to OVC favorite Austin Peay … Brewer oved his career total of double figure scoring games to 47 and has now registered 11 career games of scoring 20 or more points.

A WIN ON SATURDAY WOULD…

An ETSU win on Saturday would mark the Bucs’ 1,384th win in program history  … It would also move ETSU’s record to 2-2 …  This would mark the Bucs’ first ever win over UAB and the 168th different opponent the Bucs have beaten in program history.

HOME OPENERS

Since 1981-82, ETSU has won 36 of its 39 home openers … The Bucs have won 31 of their last 33 home openers, including the last six … During the six-game home opener win streak, ETSU is averaging 97.2 points per game in those contests and winning by an average of 41.3 points.

HOME SWEET HOME

ETSU has gone 67-12 (.848) inside Freedom Hall since the start of the 2015-16 season, including a 16-1 record last year … The Bucs won their first 12 games inside Freedom Hall to start the season, matching the best open since the 2003-04 Bucs went 12-0 … ETSU’s 16 wins were tied for the ninth-most in the country last season as Rutgers led all teams with 18 and a group of seven schools (Gonzaga, Wichita State, Creighton, Oregon, Liberty and Louisville) were tied with 17 … The 16 home wins by the Bucs are also the most in program history in the modern era (since 1960).

BUCCANEERS AT HOME

In its 17 home games last season, ETSU held the opposition on to 59.5 points and limited them to a 29.0 shooting percentage from beyond the arc (95-328) ... The Bucs averaged 77.9 points and shot 47 percent (465-988) from the field and outscored the opposition on by 190 points in the first half (637-447) ... The Bucs also had a plus-6.0 turnover margin as the Blue and Gold averaged 11.2 turnovers with the opposition on turning the ball over 17.2 times per game ... ETSU also averaged 4.4 blocks and 15.6 assists per game … The Bucs were also plus-174 in points off turnovers (333-159), plus-186 in points in the paint (620-434), plus-139 in fast-break scoring (228-89) and plus-147 in bench scoring (508-361).

NEW COACHES SQUARING OFF 

There were 28 NCAA Division I head coaching changes this past off season and Saturday pins two of those new changes at the helm … Coach Shay took over after Steve Forbes was named the head coach at Wake Forest back in April, while Andy Kennedy replaced Rob Ehsan … Coach Shay, who was an assistant at Tennessee from 2005-11, went 4-2 against Kennedy’s squads when he was the head coach at Ole Miss from 2006-18.

COVID CAUSING SCHEDULE CHANGES

The COVID pandemic has forced many schedule changes across the college basketball platform … On Tuesday, the Bucs had to postpone their game against UNC Asheville due to two positive tests among Tier I members of the program, while ETSU’s game vs. UVA Wise on Dec. 18 was postponed due to COVID concerns inside the Cavaliers’ program.  

#ETSUTOUGH

When it comes to the Bucs’ defense they follow their mantra of #ETSUTough … ETSU is holding its opponents to 60.0 points per game and 37 percent shooting from the field .. The Bucs have also forced 58 turnovers in their first three games  … Overall, the Blue and Gold rank 22nd in turnovers forced (19.33), and 37th in field goal percentage defense and scoring defense.

INSIDE THE DEFENSIVE NUMBERS VS. MTSU

The Bucs turned to their defense to generate their first win of the season  with the 57-43 victory over MTSU on Nov. 27 at the Gulf Coast Showcase … The 43 points scored by MTSU marked its fewest in a game since being held to 44 against Oklahoma State on Dec. 16, 2014 … In addition to the 43 points allowed, ETSU forced the Blue  Raiders into 27 turnovers … The 27 forced turnovers were the most forced by the Bucs in a single game since forcing 29 against Appalachian State on Nov. 15, 2011.

LEDARRIUS NEARING THE 1,000-POINT MARK

Ledarrius Brewer is already nearing the 1,000-point mark as he scored 857 points in 63 career games at Southeast Missouri State … Brewer, who is 143 points shy of the 1,000-point club, also made 123 three-pointers in his career.

UNPRECEDENTED NUMBERS OVER THE LAST SIX SEASONS

The Bucs’ 131 wins over the last five years are the sixth-most among mid-major programs (excluding the Power 5 Conferences, the Big East Conference and American Athletic Conference) and rank 15th in the nation among all teams ... ETSU, Kansas, Gonzaga, Duke, Kentucky and Villanova are currently the only teams to have posted at least 24 wins a season during this span.

WINNING WAYS

Since the start of the 2015-16 season, ETSU and has compiled a 131-45 record … The 131 wins are the most over a five-plus year stretch in program history ... Since this span, ETSU has totaled 130 wins, which tops all SoCon teams … The Bucs have an 11-win advantage over the second-best team in UNCG during this run.

BUCS CONTINUE ON 3-POINT STREAK LIST

Since Feb. 16, 1987 in a game against Davidson, the Bucs have made at least one 3-pointer in 1,038 consecutive games ... ETSU was 0-for-8 in that 1987 game ... The Bucs currently rank as the fifth-longest streak in the NCAA, with UNLV topping the list with 1,107 games.

ABOUT UAB  

  • UAB has won its first five games to open the season as the Blazers are coming off an 89-64 victory over Tuskegee on Wednesday night. This matches UAB’s best start in program history as Gene Bartow’s 1983-84 squad also opened 5-0. 
  • This marks UAB’s first road game of the season …  The Blazers went 5-7 on the road a year ago. 
  • Head coach Andy Kennedy is in his first season as the head coach at UAB … Kennedy, who also held head coaching stints at Ole Miss and Cincinnati, played at UAB (1987-90) and was an assistant coach at UAB  from 1995-2001. 
  • The Blazers were picked to finish fourth in the Conference USA preseason coaches poll. 
  • UAB returns three starters from a year ago, while bringing in nine newcomers.
  • The Blazers have five players averaging double figures in scoring with Quan Jackson leading the way at 15.4 points and  7.0 rebounds per game … Jackson was an all-Sun Belt selection a year ago at Georgia Southern … Jackson scored a season-high 22 points in Wednesday’s win and notched his 1,200th career point.

SERIES HISTORY

Tonight marks just the fourth all-time meeting between the two programs with UAB winning the previous three … This is the first meeting between the two teams since Dec. 4, 2009 when the Blazers won 74-52 … The first ever meeting was back on Dec. 15, 1984  when UAB won 72-57 in Johnson City, while the Blazers won 62-44 the following year in Birmingham.

WHAT'S NEXT?

ETSU hosts North Carolina A&T on Tuesday night … Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside Freedom Hall.

For more information on Buccaneer men’s basketball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s basketball tab.