Opponent Preview: Jacksonville

Jacksonville Dolphins

The Bucs will be hosting the Dolphins of Jacksonville (10-10) on Thursday night at 7:00PM. ETSU comes winning 2 of their last 3 including a 10-point victory at KSU on Saturday. Jacksonville comes in hot with a 3 game winning streak and a 5-2 record in the conference that has them in 2nd place.

ETSU hopes to pick up where they left off on Saturday. The Bucs had their best shooting game of the season against KSU on Saturday. ETSU has struggled at home this year with only winning two games on their home court while Jacksonville has struggled on the road.

Versus ETSU:  ETSU leads series 11-5.  Last meeting ETSU 55 – Jacksonville 61 in Johnson City.(2012)

Last Season 8-22
Conference Record 6-12 (9th)
Coach Cliff Warren (Mount St. Mary’s ’90)
Record At School 110–124 (8 years)
Career Record 110–124 (8 years)

A Quick Look at Jacksonville

After a disappointing season last year Jacksonville has started out strong in conference play. Jacksonville is lead by guards Keith McDougald and Jarvis Haywood. The Dolphins are somewhat hard to figure out as they go blown at home earlier this season to Wofford by 42 points but have been playing very well since starting conference play. Jacksonville puts up very similar stats to ETSU which should make for an evenly matched game.

A Quick Look at ETSU

ETSU is coming off their best shooting output of the season. The Bucs shot 63% from the field and 69% from the 3-point line on Saturday. Both Jarvis Jones and Lester Wilson had strong games, with both combined going 7-8 from the 3-point line. In addition to that, KGC has also played a very important role the last two games.

Team Stats

Scoring Offense: ETSU 59.5, Jacksonville 68.0
Scoring Defense: ETSU 69.5 points allowed, Jacksonville 71.8
Field Goal%: ETSU 40.4%, Jacksonville 41.4%
Field Goal% Defense: ETSU 44.9%, Jacksonville 45.1%
3-Point Field Goal%: ETSU 32.2%, Jacksonville 30.8%
3-Point Field Goal% Defense: ETSU 35.6%, Jacksonville 34.5%
Rebounding Margin: ETSU -6.5, Jacksonville -0.4
Turnover Margin: ETSU 0.0, Jacksonville +0.7

For ETSU to Win they will need strong play from their top two scorers Wilson and Jones. It is also vital that KGC and Hunter Harris play well on both sides of the ball. Good shooting and limiting their turnovers is also vital for the Bucs success. This is defiantly a winnable game for ETSU as both teams are fairly evenly matched. A win will put ETSU right back in the mix of things in conference play.

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