ETSU men again part of ESPN Bracket Buster Saturday
Junior Ben Rhoda and the Bucs will look to improve their record to 2-0 in ESPN Bracket Buster Saturday competition this year.
Junior Ben Rhoda and the Bucs will look to improve their record to 2-0 in ESPN Bracket Buster Saturday competition this year.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 8, 2004) - It was announced Wednesday that for the second straight season, the East Tennessee State University men's basketball team has been selected to participate in the ESPN Bracket Buster Saturday on Feb. 19, 2005.

The event, now in its third year, is an ESPN television property that allows 64 teams from 13 Division I conferences to participate in a cutting-edge format that involves "wild-card" scheduling for the pool of participating teams, with half of the Bracket Buster Saturday teams pre-designated as "home" and the remaining half as road teams. Last season, the Buccaneers traveled to face Western Athletic Conference foe Fresno State, and enjoyed a 66-62 win that day over the Bulldogs.

This year, the Bucs are designated as a home team and will host the event inside Memorial Center.

"We are extremely excited to once again participate in the ESPN Bracket Buster," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow. "Last year was a great experience for our team, especially going to Fresno State and being fortunate enough to get a win on their home court. This year, Fresno makes the return trip to play us here at the Dome, plus we will host a Bracket Buster game. For our program, the event has been nothing but positive."

Much like last season, 11 of the 32 games will be televised, including six games on ESPN or ESPN2, and the remaining five games on ESPN's Full Court (a national subscription service) and on regional and local syndication. The remaining 21 games will not be televised. The evaluation and pairings of teams for the 11-game ESPN television package will be made by the staff of ESPN, in consultation with conference commissioners of participating conferences. Consideration will be given to avoiding match-ups of conference teams and match-ups of any teams that have already met during the current season.

Beginning in January, conference telephone calls will be conducted with the commissioners and ESPN personnel with the purposes of reviewing teams for the BBS field. ESPN, in consultation with the conference commissioners, will make pairings decisions on Sunday morning, January 30. Pairing decisions for the remaining 21 games will be announced by Thursday, February 3, 2005.

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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
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
WBB ETSU Wilmington, N.C.
Dec 19, 11:30 a.m. University of North Carolina Wilmington