Bucs participate in official NCAA practice session, visit with media
ETSU head coach Murry Bartow talks with the CBS television talent -- including Dick Enberg and Lesley Visser -- following the Buccaneers practice Thursday at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
ETSU head coach Murry Bartow talks with the CBS television talent -- including Dick Enberg and Lesley Visser -- following the Buccaneers practice Thursday at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Thursday, March 18, 2004

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 18, 2004) - The East Tennessee State University men's basketball team participated in its final practice session and met with the media Thursday, as the Buccaneers move ever closer to their first round NCAA Tournament game with Cincinnati.

The No. 13-seeded Bucs (27-5) will face off with the No. 4-seeded Bearcats (24-6) Friday at approximately 2:45 p.m. as part of CBS's national coverage. ETSU will be competing in its second-straight NCAA Tournament and the seventh in school history.

After last season's 76-73 loss to No. 2 seed Wake Forest in the 2003 NCAA Tournament, the Bucs are entering this game with a purpose, even though head coach Murry Bartow knows the team will not be sneaking up on anyone this season.

"I think the experience of being there a year ago helps our team and is beneficial," said Bartow. "We have to play well, but if we do we like to think we have a chance to win. I think it's harder for this team this year, though, because last year this team was a little bit under the radar."

ETSU fans can listen to the Sophisticated Otter Countdown to Tipoff beginning at 2 p.m. Friday on the Buccaneer Sports Network or by clicking on the BSN logo at www.etsubucs.com. And for more information on the NCAA Tournament - including player//coach quotes, statistics and scheduling - check out the NCAA Tournament website:

http://www.ncaasports.com/basketball/mens

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WTEN ETSU
Oct 21 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals
MSOC ETSU 4 Lexington, Va.
Oct 21 VMI 0
VB The Citadel 0 Johnson City, Tenn.
Oct 21 ETSU 3
FB ETSU Kingsport, Tenn.
Oct 23, 6:00 p.m. Scrimmage at J. Fred Johnson Stadium
MSOC ETSU 0 Greenville, S.C.
Oct 24, 6:00 p.m. Furman 3
VB ETSU 2 Birmingham, Ala.
Oct 24, 6:00 p.m. Samford University 3
WGOLF Palmetto Intercollegiate Kiawah Island, S.C.
Oct 26 10th of 20
WSOC ETSU 2 Cullowhee, N.C.
Oct 26 Western Carolina 3
MSOC UNC Greensboro 1 OT
Oct 28 ETSU 0
MBB Blue/Gold Scrimmage Freedom Hall
Oct 30, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
MCC Southern Conference Championship Kernersville, N.C.
Oct 31
WCC Southern Conference Championship Kernersville, N.C.
Oct 31
WTEN ETSU Knoxville, Tenn.
Oct 31 University of Tennessee Fall Invite
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Oct 31, 7:00 p.m. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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Nov 1, 7:00 p.m. University of Tennessee Fall Invite
WBB Milligan College Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 12:00 p.m. ETSU
FB ETSU Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 3:00 p.m. Homecoming scrimmage
WSOC ETSU Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 5:30 p.m. UNC Greensboro
VB University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 7:00 p.m. ETSU