ESPN ranks Bucs in Top 30 percent of Division I men's basketball programs as part of "Prestige" list
Greg Dennis and the Bucs defeated Arizona in the first round of the 1992 NCAAs.
Greg Dennis and the Bucs defeated Arizona in the first round of the 1992 NCAAs.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

            JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (July 22, 2008) - Since the beginning of the modern era for NCAA Division I-A basketball - marked by the expansion of the NCAA Tournament field to 64 teams in 1984-85 - the ETSU men's basketball program ranks in the Top 30 percent of the 300 programs that were eligible for the postseason at that time, this according to a new "Prestige" ranking released by ESPN.com earlier this week.

 

            The Buccaneers, who have enjoyed six NCAA Tournament trips, one NIT berth, seven 20-win seasons, and a slew of conference regular season and tournament championships since 1984-85, ranked tied for 82nd out of 300 teams, meaning they were in the Top 27 percent of schools making the list. ETSU was ranked ahead of every current Atlantic Sun Conference team, as well as former Southern Conference rivals Appalachian State, Western Carolina, Georgia Southern and UNC Greensboro. The Bucs also were placed ahead of every current member of the Colonial Athletic Association with the exception of Old Dominion.

 

            In addition, the Bucs ranked ahead of SEC schools such as Tennessee, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Georgia, Mississippi and Auburn, as well as other major programs such as Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, DePaul, Bradley, Clemson, California and Florida State.

 

            "We're proud of our tradition at ETSU and its obvious we have an incredibly rich history of success," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow. "Since I've been here and throughout the past 24 years we've had the good fortune of having good players here and that's allowed our program to win a lot of games and win our share of championships. This is a really interesting ranking and says a great deal about ETSU men's basketball as a whole."

 

            Fans wishing to access the complete list may do so by visiting www.ESPN.com and clicking on the men's college basketball link.

 

            According to the ESPN website:

 

How do you rank the best programs in the modern era of college basketball?

 

It's not easy, but this summer, we decided to tackle the hundreds of college basketball teams, the thousands of regular-season and postseason wins and losses, the NBA draft picks, the All-Americans and the national titles to come up with a numerical point system to unbiasedly rank every college hoops program's success since the start of the 1984-85 season, the season when the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams.

 

We let the numbers do the talking by assigning the following point values for certain successes and failures.

 

National title 25
Title game loss 20
National semifinal loss 15
Elite Eight loss 10
Best W-L record in conference's regular season 5
30+ wins in a season 5
Sweet 16 loss 5
Conference tournament title 3
AP first-team All-American 3
Losing in NCAA second round 3
Player in top 10 of NBA draft 2
NCAA first-round win as a 12-16 seed 2
NIT title 2
AP second-team All-American 2
20-29 wins in a season 1
NCAA tournament berth 1
Postseason NIT berth 1
AP third-team All-American 1
NCAA first-round loss to a 12-16 seed -2
Losing season -3
Ban from NCAA tournament -3
>> Minimum 15 seasons in Division I
** Ties are broken by overall winning percentage since the 1984-85 season
^^ Teams are listed with their current conferences

 

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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.
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Oct 26 Western Carolina 3
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MCC Southern Conference Championship Kernersville, N.C.
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