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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MBB UNC Greensboro 80 F
Dec 13 ETSU 79
WBB Eastern Kentucky University 49 Final
Dec 13 ETSU 64
WBB ETSU 86 Final
Dec 15 Morehead State University 77
MBB ETSU 63 F
Dec 16 Eastern Kentucky 60
WBB ETSU 48 Final
Dec 19 University of North Carolina Wilmington 61
WBB ETSU Wilmington, N.C.
Dec 20, 12:00 p.m. Jacksonville State University
MBB ETSU Richmond, Va.
Dec 22, 7:00 p.m. VCU
WBB Iona College Johnson City, Tenn.
Dec 29, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
MBB ETSU Knoxville, Tenn.
Dec 31, 1:00 p.m. Tennessee
WBB ETSU Chapel Hill, N.C.
Jan 2, 2:00 p.m. University of North Carolina
MBB VMI Freedom Hall
Jan 2, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
MBB ETSU Birmingham, Ala.
Jan 5, 8:00 p.m. Samford
MBB Mercer Freedom Hall
Jan 8, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Greenville, S.C.
Jan 10, 2:00 p.m. Furman University
MBB Chattanooga Freedom Hall
Jan 10, 4:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Spartanburg, S.C.
Jan 12, 11:30 a.m. Wofford College