|December 22, 2020||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||Bama|
|FG Percentage||.480 (24-50)||.483 (29-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.360 (9-25)||.353 (12-34)|
|FT Percentage||.632 (12-19)||.577 (15-26)|
Brewer - 2
Bruner - 2
Primo - 2
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 21, 2020) – After capping off its homestand with three straight victories, the ETSU men’s basketball team looks to carry its winning ways on the road as the Buccaneers cap off non-conference play Tuesday night at Alabama. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET inside Coleman Coliseum.
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 7 p.m. on the Buccaneer Sports Network. CLICK HERE FOR LIVE AUDIO
Tuesday’s game will be streamed live on SEC Network+ with Roger Hoover and Trevor Releford on the call; CLICK HERE FOR LIVE VIDEO
Live stats will also be provided on SideArm Stats via Rolltide.com… Fans can access live stats on their computers or mobile devices by clicking here
ABOUT THE BUCS
The Bucs used a late run to secure their third straight win as ETSU defeated Lee University 62-53 on Saturday inside Freedom Hall. With the win, ETSU moved to 4-3, marking its first time being above .500 this season
Following Saturday’s win the Bucs have now defeated 67 straight non-Division I teams, while extending their win streak to 17 consecutive over in-state foes.
In its four wins, ETSU is averaging 70.0 points per game, while winning by an average of 17.5 points. The Bucs are allowing just 52.5 points per contest and limiting opponents to 33.8 shooting. Ledarrius Brewer is averaging 15.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in the Buccaneer wins, while David Sloan is posting 9.3 points and 4.5 assists.
The Bucs are looking to knock off an SEC team for the second straight year, while eyeing a win over a Power-5 opponent for the fourth time in the last six seasons. Last year, ETSU went down to Baton Route and easily took down LSU, 74-63. In 2015-16, the Bucs beat Georgia Tech on a last-second three from Ge’Lawn Guyn, and a year later, Hanner-Mosquera-Perea’s lay-up led the Blue and Gold to a 67-65 victory at Mississippi State.
Tuesday marks the 73rd time ETSU will be taking on an SEC opponent … The Bucs have 17 all-time wins vs. the SEC – Ole Miss (5), South Carolina (3), Mississippi State (3), Tennessee (2), Georgia (2), Arkansas (1) and LSU (1).
Tuesday will also mark the Bucs’ first true road game of the season, marking the latest the Bucs will open on the road since at least the 1984-85 season. ETSU played its first true road game to start the 1993-94 season on Dec. 9 at Michigan State, while also opened the 1987-88 season with its first true road game on Dec. 9 at Mississippi State.
Since the start of the 2017-18 season, ETSU has registered 30 true road wins, which is the fifth-most in Division I play. Vermont leads the country with 35, while Belmont has 33, and Lipscomb and Hofstra have 31. Since 2015-16, ETSU has 46 true road wins, which are tied for the fifth-most in the country. Last year, ETSU won 11 true road games, joining the 2017-18 and 2003-04 teams to win 11 road games. ETSU’s 11 road wins were tied for the second-most in the country last season (Vermont had 12).
Like the Bucs, Alabama also rolls into Tuesday’s game with a 4-3 mark after the Tide suffered a 73-71 home loss to Western Kentucky on Saturday.
Alabama opened the season with an 81-57 win over Jacksonville State on Nov. 25, while winning two of three at the Maui Invitational in Asheville as the Tide defeated UNLV (86-74) and Providence (88-71). The Tide also rallied from 16 points down to beat Furman last Tuesday, 83-80.
As a team, Alabama is averaging 75.6 points per game, while shooting 40.7 percent from the field, 29.3 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent at the free throw line. The Tide are allowing 71.6 points, while opponents are shooting 42.9 percent from the field, 33.1 percent from three and 68.8 percent at the line.
Alabama is led by Herbert Jones as he’s averaging 14.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, while Jaden Shackelford and John Petty Jr. have accounted for 24 of the Tide’s 61 made threes. Petty, who has made a team-leading 13 from long distance, earned all-SEC honors a year ago.
The Tide rank 25th nationally in three-pointers attempted (208), while they lead the SEC in free throws made (106), rank second in total steals (57) and third in threes made (61).
Alabama, who was ranked No. 25 in the Coaches Poll to start the season, was picked to finish fifth in the SEC Preseason Media Poll.
Tuesday marks the fourth all-time meeting between the two programs with Alabama winning the previous three – the most-recent being a 114-74 decision on Dec. 1 in Tuscaloosa. The Bucs allowed a program-record 19 made threes in that contest, while Ronald Steele set the single-game school record for assists with 18.
Following the holiday break, ETSU opens conference play on Dec. 30 when the reigning SoCon champs host Western Carolina.
For more information on Buccaneer men’s basketball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s basketball tab.