ETSU Releases 2015-2016 Basketball Schedule

Today the ETSU Buccaneer faithful were delighted to hear that the men’s basketball team finally released the full schedule for the 2015-2016 season. ETSU will play 31 regular season games including 15 home games. Some of the non-conference home games include matches against Green Bay, UNC Wilmington, Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State. ETSU also goes on the road to play Villanova, Tennessee, Charleston Southern, Tennessee Tech, UNC-Asheville, NC Central and Georgia Tech. The Bucs begin conference play on January 2nd against Western Carolina in Cullowhee, NC.

Obviously, the most exciting non-conference home game should be the November 17th game against Wisconsin-Green Bay which is part of the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and will be played at 6AM. Last year Green Bay finished 2nd in the Horizon league with a 24-9 record. Even though the game is at 6AM I think it’s important that ETSU does everything possible to try and fill Freedom Hall and create an exciting atmosphere for the start of the season.

As for the away non-conference games ETSU will play three games in five days as part of the 2015 NIT Season Tip-Off. In those three games ETSU will play at Villanova on November 20th, at Georgia Tech on the 22nd and at Charleston Southern on the 24th. Other interesting road games will include ETSU visiting Tennessee for the second straight year on December 22nd and playing at NC Central on January 4th.

The 2015-2016 basketball schedule certainly presents some challenges for the Bucs, which will feature a completely new coaching staff and nine new players, especially with the trips to Villanova, Ga. Tech and Tennessee but it’s also very exciting to see how the Bucs will do against this tough competition.

The season is only two months away and I can’t wait for it to start. What are your opinions on the schedule?

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Bucs to open with Arizona in Diamond Head Classic

The organizers of the Diamond Head Classic have announced their pairings for its’ Christmas tournament and wouldn’t you know, ETSU reunites with an old foe.

The Bucs will open the tournament with the 17th ranked Arizona Wildcats, members of the Pac-12 conference and a program that brings back one of the greatest memories for many Buc fans, a win in the 1992 NCAA tournament over a Wildcat team that was considered a Final Four contender. The winner will advance on in the winner’s bracket to face the winner of Hawai’i and Miami (Fl), while the losers will meet in the consolation bracket.

ETSU coach Murry Bartow looks forward to the opportunity of playing the tournament, stating it will be a great opportunity for the team and will provide national exposure to the university and the program.

The ESPN family of networks plans to televise every game of the tournament leading up to the Christmas Day championship on ESPN2.

Fans looking for a Hawaiian Christmas should visit diamondheadclassic.com for travel packages.

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Why no ETSU v. UT matchup?

ETSU vs Tennessee in 2009
ETSU vs Tennessee in 2009
ETSU vs Tennessee in 2009

Buc fans, myself included, always enjoy playing UT.  Last season, I vividly recall sitting with fellow Buc fans amidst a sea of orange.   Despite Adam Sollazzo’s 19 pt,  7rebound, 7 assist- performance,  we left heartbroken with a 3-pt loss.  Quieting the UT faithful by winning would’ve given our blue and gold caravan great satisfaction.  Nevertheless, Sollazzo and company proved that the gulf in talent and athleticism is not as great as many think.

According to this article, Buc fans will not get a chance to see this match up, at least for the foreseeable future: 

“According to ETSU athletic director Dave Mullins, the previous two-game contract between Tennessee and ETSU was worth $145,000. It broke down to $80,000 for a 2009-10 game and $65,000 for last season’s meeting. Mullins said his program asks $85,000-$95,000 for a buy-game.”

Given the terms of this offer, our athletic department’s decision to not play UT is a prudent one.  While there’s a certain allure to this game for Buc fans, it simply doesn’t make economic sense.

Besides, I’d rather go to Chapel Hill.

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ETSU Releases 2012-13 basketball schedule

ETSU's Tommy Hubbard vs Va Tech last season
2012-2013 ETSU Basketball Schedule
2012-2013 ETSU Basketball Schedule

On Saturday the ETSU men’s basketball team released the full schedule for the 2012-2013 season. Some highlights include games against UNC, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss and a trip to Hawaii for ESPN’s Diamond Head Classic. Click here to see the full field of teams participating in the Diamond Head Classic.

Perhaps the most exciting matchup on the schedule is on January 2nd when 2011 Final Four participant VCU visits Johnson City.

Other non conference games include matchups against Tennessee Tech at home, a road game versus James Madison and home and away games against Charleston Southern.

ETSU begins conference play on Saturday, January 5th against Lipscomb in Nashville.

The 2012-2013 schedule is certainly one of the most exciting and challenging basketball schedules in recent years for the East Tennessee State men’s basketball team, especially with 2011 Final Four participant Virginia Commonwealth coming to Johnson City.

See Full Schedule.

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