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|November 18, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||USCU||ETSU|
|FG Percentage||.298 (17-57)||.324 (22-68)|
|3P FG Percentage||.158 (3-19)||.200 (6-30)|
|FT Percentage||.600 (6-10)||.600 (6-10)|
Patterson - 3
Brewer - 3
Sloan - 2
Brewer - 2
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 17, 2021) – After opening the season with a pair of road games against 2021 NCAA Tournament teams, ETSU men’s basketball is set for its home opener when the Buccaneers host USC Upstate Thursday night inside Freedom Hall. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT
Thursday is Fan Appreciation Night, presented by Food City, as fans will be treated to a postgame autograph session on the court. In addition, Chick-fil-A is giving away free coupons for a chicken sandwich.
LAST TIME OUT
Since 1981-82, ETSU has won 36 of its 40 home openers … The Bucs have won 31 of their last 34 home openers, including six of the last seven … ETSU had its six-game win streak in home openers snapped last season when the Bucs fell to UAB, 65-61.
HOME SWEET HOME
ETSU has gone 77-16 (.828) inside Freedom Hall since the start of the 2015-16 season … In 2019-20, 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 that year 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 were also the most in program history in the modern era (since 1960).
ON THIS DATE
Since the start of the 1960-61 season, ETSU has played twice on Nov. 18, with the Bucs splitting the two contests … ETSU defeated UVA-Wise 111-66 in 2014 and fell to Tennessee 106-83 in 2005.
BUCS SEARCHING FOR WIN NO. 1
ETSU has dropped its first two games to start the season and is looking to avoid its first three-game losing streak since Feb. 20-25, 2018 … The Bucs lost to The Citadel, Wofford and Furman during that stretch … Meanwhile, the Bucs haven’t started a season 0-3 since dropping four straight to open the 2013-14 season when ETSU lost to Charlotte, Morehead State, Western Kentucky and Winthrop.
ETSU SIGNS THREE EARLY
East Tennessee State University men’s basketball head coach Desmond Oliver and his staff signed three Buccaneers during the November early signing period … The class includes 6-foot-8 forward Jeremy Gregory (Charlotte, N.C.), 6-foot-10 forward Braden Ilic (Morristown, Tenn.) and 6-foot-7 guard Kristian Shaw (Hendersonville, Tenn.) … Gregory played at North Mecklenburg High School before transferring to Oak Hill Academy … He was ranked the No. 12 player in the North Carolina class of 2022 by Phenom Hoop Report … Ilic plays at Morristown East where he has totaled 1,231 points, 712 rebounds and 271 blocks in his first three seasons … Shaw plays at Beech High School in Hendersonville where he was named 2021 Player of the Year by Main Street Preps.
BUCS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS
As a team, ETSU ranks among the national leaders in free throw percentage (7th, 86.4), fewest fouls (38th, 30) and fewest turnovers (39th, 24) … David Sloan, who is a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line, is one of 59 Division I players who are perfect at the charity stripe this season.
ABOUT USC UPSTATE
ETSU heads to Florida for the Naples Invitational, which will be held Nov. 22-24 at the Community Schools of Naples … ETSU opens the tournament with Murray State on Nov. 22 at 5:30 p.m.
For more information on ETSU men’s basketball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s basketball tab.