ETSU confirmed as part of ESPN Bracket Busters field
The 2002-03 Buccaneers won a Southern Conference Tournament championship and played in the NCAA Tournament.
The 2002-03 Buccaneers won a Southern Conference Tournament championship and played in the NCAA Tournament.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 8, 2003) - ESPN confirmed Tuesday during a national teleconference announcement that the East Tennessee State University men's basketball team has been offered an invitation to participate in the network's 2004 Bracket Busters Saturday. The event, which features 46 teams representing 11 conferences, pits programs with NCAA Tournament-caliber teams into a 23-game, one-day event at multiple sites around the country. A total of 10 games will be televised, including five games on ESPN and ESPN2, and the remaining five games on ESPN's Full Court service or regional syndication. The other 13 games will not be televised. "We're excited to be a part of the event," said ETSU's first-year head coach Murry Bartow. "It's a great event on a national level and it could be very beneficial to our program from a scheduling standpoint. With the potential television element, it really adds some excitement for our players, our fans and our program." Bracket Busters Saturday is scheduled for Feb. 21, and pairings for the day's games will be made on Jan. 31. The Bucs will be on the road for this season. The Buccaneers are coming off a 2002-03 season which saw them finish with a 20-11 record, win their third straight Southern Conference North Division championship, and capture their first SoCon Tournament title since 1992. ETSU's season ended in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a 76-73 loss to No. 2-seeded Wake Forest, but the Bucs return a wealth of talent this season and expect to challenge for yet another championship.
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WBB High Point University 76 Final
Nov 17 ETSU 84
MBB Virginia-Wise 66 F
Nov 18 ETSU 111
WBB Appalachian State University 76 Final
Nov 19 ETSU 70
WBB ETSU 79 Final
Nov 21 Saint Francis University 63
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. No. 5 Western Carolina (SoCon Quarterfinal)
MBB UNC Asheville 87 F
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. ETSU 98
MBB ETSU 69 F
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Winthrop 64
WBB ETSU 69 Final
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Indiana State University 76
WBB ETSU 69 Final
Nov 26, 12:00 p.m. Indiana University 97
WBB ETSU Blacksburg, Va.
Nov 29, 5:00 p.m. Virginia Tech University
MBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 1, 7:00 p.m. Morehead State
WBB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Dec 3, 5:00 p.m. George Mason University
MBB Western Carolina Freedom Hall
Dec 3, 8:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Huntsville, Ala.
Dec 6, 6:00 p.m. Alabama A&M University
MBB UNC Greensboro Freedom Hall
Dec 13, 4:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB Eastern Kentucky University Johnson City, Tenn.
Dec 13, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 15, 12:00 p.m. Morehead State University
MBB ETSU Richmond, Ky.
Dec 16, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky