Young and Depleted, Bucs Set to Improve Against 16th ranked North Carolina

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Johnson City, Tn. – With ETSU extremely limited in just about every facet of the game, the trip to Chapel Hill might be more of a learning experience rather a shot at shocking the world.  The Bucs will face a nationally ranked North Carolina team expected to contend not just in the perennially tough ACC, but also for a trip to Atlanta for the Final Four.  Head coach Murry Bartow is left again to find a replacement for injured point guard Petey McClain, as he continues to recover from his ankle injury.  Kinard Gadsden Gilliard it looks like will be ready to give it a go on Saturday when the Bucs tip off inside the Dean Smith Center at 7:30 (ESPN3/Buccaneer Sports Network).

The roster woes will continue for the Bucs, as the earliest its’ projected that Jarvis Jones could be back would be for the Ole Miss game, and ETSU alums know how getting grades posted can go.  (Writer’s note:  It can take an eternity for them to be put online.)  Playing a nationally ranked opponent and one that let’s be honest here, is head and shoulders ahead of you will be valuable for a group that at this point has no leadership and is continuing to gain experience by the game.

The Heels are led by the living legend, Roy Williams, and will come at ETSU offensively with multiple looks.  James McAdoo leads the team in several offensive categories (nose hair isn’t one of them) including points per game, shots made, shots taken and minutes.  McAdoo is also the teams leading rebounder.  And while anyone who’s ever watched North Carolina or knows Roy Williams knows that zone defense simply is not an option, until now.  Look for the Tar Heels throw some zone out there just to have some different looks for ETSU as well as future opponents to digest.

After the Bucs were blown out by a pedestrian James Madison squad, Murry Bartow said:  “It’s not that we’re not playing hard, but if you look at the box score no one really played well.”  With guys out of position it’s tough, Rashawn Rembert who is really more of a 2-3 guard and maybe even a small forward was forced into the role of point guard.  Bartow compared that to a tight end playing quarterback.  With Gilliard returning it should provide a little relief to the legs of a young group that will only continue to improve with each passing game.

Side notes:  Saturday is UNC’s Toys for Tot’s game, in short, bring a toy!  Also, ETSU is having another alumni gathering before the game, with a chance to speak with Dr. Noland not just about hoops, but all of the exciting changes that are certain to come at ETSU in the coming days, months and years.  If you’re going to the game, don’t miss out on a great opportunity here.  The only alumni connection I can really think of at this time is two:  Scot Brummet and Gerald Sensabaugh, two of the members of the 2003 football team who transferred to North Carolina at the conclusion of what appeared to be the Bucs last football game.

Scott Lawson

Graduated in 2006 with a degree in Communications, Scott has spent time with WCYB, MRN, Citadel Broadcasting and the Buccaneer Sports Network. After moving to Nashville, he traveled the south working with retail merchandising and is currently studying to go back to school to become a software engineer. He enjoys fishing, golf, country music, college football and college basketball. Scott is married with twin boys on the way.

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