Saturday, January 23, 2021

Game #14 - Wofford








The Catamounts return to the road for two more games away from the Ramsey Center, first stopping in Spartanburg, SC to face the current #1 Terriers of  Wofford College. The 5-1 Terriers have a loss to UNCG in conference play.




When: Saturday, January 23, 2020, at 4 pm
Where:   Richardson Indoor Arena
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
-announcers:   Gary Ayers, play by play 
TV/video:  ESPN+ 
-announcers:  -   Jim Noble (Play by Play), Thom Henson (Color Analyst)
Official Athletic SiteWoffordTerriers

The Series: In a series that started in 1948, the Cats & Dogs are tied at 30 wins apiece. The Cats are coming into the contest riding a two-game win streak versus the Terriers. 

Mark Prosser's record vs. the Terriers:  2-1

Wofford Head Coach: Jay McAuley
Jay McAuley's Record at Wofford:    27-20  /  1st season

Terrier's record this season (2020-21): 8-4 overall, 5-1 home, 0-1 away, 1-2 neutral
Terrier's record last season (2019-20): 19-16 overall, 8-10  conf., 4-1 home, 4-2 away, 0-1 neutral

Game Notes:    Western Carolina       -     Wofford

Key Returners: Storm Murphy, Tray Hollowell, Messiah Jones, Ryan Larson, Isaiah Bigelow
Key Losses: Chevez Goodwin, Nathan Hoover, Trevor Stumpe
Key Newcomers: Nick Pringle, Sam Godwin, Keaton Turner, Max Klesmit, BJ Mack (South Florida)

The Terriers are in the first place as the Cats travel to Spartanburg, sporting a 5-1 conference record, with their only loss to UNCG back in early January.  The Terriers currently are in 7th place in scoring with an average of 76.6  but are holding opponents to 65.2 ppg, good enough for second in the league. 

Wofford Stat Leaders:
Points: Storm Murphy, 19.4 ppg 
Rebounds: Messiah Jones, 6.6 rpg 
Assists: Storm Murphy, 4.8 apg 
Steals: Ryan Larson, 1.3 stls/g 
Blocks: 2 tied with 0.7 blks/g



 

Friday, January 22, 2021

SoCon Basketball Saturday (Jan. 23)

Saturday, January 23, 2021 


12:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+ 
UNCG (9-5, 4-2 SoCon) at Chattanooga (12-4, 3-4 SoCon)
McKenzie Arena - Chattanooga, TN
- our pick, Mocs by 2

2:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
VMI (8-7, 3-3 SoCon) at Mercer (9-4, 2-3 SoCon)
Hawkins Arena - Macon, GA
- our pick, Bears by 3

3:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Citadel (8-4, 1-4 SoCon) at Samford (6-8, 2-5 SoCon)
Hanna Center - Birmingham, AL
- our pick, Bulldogs by 4

4:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Western Carolina (7-6, 0-4 SoCon) at Wofford (8-4, 5-1 SoCon)
Richardson Indoor Stadium - Spartanburg, SC
- our pick, Terriers by 10

4:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Furman (10-4, 4-1 SoCon) at ETSU (8-5, 4-1 SoCon)
Freedom Hall Civic Center - Johnson City, TN
- our pick, Paladins by 4

Conference Standings
1 - Wofford  5-1 
2 - Furman   4-1 
3 - ETSU     4-1 
4 - UNCG    4-2 
5 - VMI        3-3 
6 - UTC        3-4 
7 - Mercer    2-3 
8 - Samford  2-5 
9 - Citadel    1-4
10 -WCU      0-4 



Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Game #13 - East Tennessee State







The Catamounts finally return to Cullowhee for the first time since December 6, 2020, for a one-game homestand.   ETSU travels across the mountains to face the Cats in the second game of this year's series between the two schools in the basketball version of the "Blue Ridge Border Battle".





When: Wednesday, January 20, 2020, at 4 pm
Where:   Ramsey Center, Cullowhee
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
-announcers:   Gary Ayers, play by play 
TV/video:  ESPN+ 
-announcers:  - Daniel Hooper, play by play   
Official Athletic SiteETSUBucs
ETSU Fan Message BoardBuccaneer Nation

The Series: In a series that started in 1947, the Cats are 24-56 and have lost the last 12 straight games to the Bucs, last beating the Bucs in 2015 in Asheville. That win broke a 15 game losing streak against ETSU. 

Head Coach:  Jason Shay
Jason Shay's Record at ETSU:    4-4  /  1st season

Bucs' record this season (2020-21): 4-4 overall, 3-1 home, 0-1 away, 1-2 neutral

Bucs' record last season (2019-20): 30-4 overall, 16-2  conf., 16-1 home, 11-3 away, 3-0 neutral

Game Notes:    Western Carolina       -     ETSU 


Key Returners: Vonnie Patterson
Key Losses: Patrick Good, Isaiah Tisdale, Jeromy Rodriguez, Lucas N'Guessan, Tray Boyd III, Joe Hugley
Key Newcomers: Ledarrius Brewer (SEMO), Ty Brewer (SELA), Silas Adheke (Northern Kentucky), David Sloan (Kansas State), Serrel Smith Jr.  (Maryland)

ETSU enters Wednesday's game having won the last 12 games with the Catamounts. The two teams opened the Conference season against each other in Johnson City on December 30th. In that game, the Bucs used a 17-4 second-half run and held off the usual late in the game, Catamount rally. 

ETSU basketball coach Jason Shay announced on Tuesday that the Bucs will be without freshman guard Marcus Niblack. Niblack has not played since ETSU’s Dec. 30 game against Western Carolina. “Marcus is currently not able to play as we work through a non-disciplinary matter,” Shay said  In nine appearances, Niblack has scored 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for ETSU this season. 

Through 12 games, the Bucs are 7-5 and 3-1 in SoCon play. In the Bucs’ seven wins, they are averaging 75.6 points, while holding opponents to 61.4 points. In their five losses, the Bucs are averaging 61.8 points and allowing 73.0 points. In the seven wins, the Bucs have scored 121 points (17.3 per game) off turnovers and 86 second-chance points (12.3), while allowing just 81 points (11.6 per game) off turnovers and 50 second-chance points (7.1 per game). However, in the setbacks, the Bucs are allowing 83 points off turnovers (16.6) and 73 second-chance points (14.6), while ETSU is scoring 76 points off turnovers (15.2) and 37 second-chance points (7.4) in the losses.  






Tuesday, January 19, 2021

SoCon Basketball Wednesday (Jan. 20)

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 


Only 4 games are on the schedule for Wednesday, with ETSU & UNCG not playing. The Cats hosts the Bucs, Citadel entertains the Bears, while the Paladins travel to face the Keydets and the Mocs are in Birmingham to face the Bulldogs.

4:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
ETSU (7-5, 3-1 SoCon) at Western Carolina (7-5, 0-3 SoCon)
Ramsey Regional Activity Center - Cullowhee, NC
- our pick, Bucs by 4

5:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Mercer (8-4, 1-3 SoCon) at Citadel (8-3, 1-3 SoCon)
McAlister Field House - Charleston, SC
- our pick, Bears by 5

7:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Furman (10-3, 4-0 SoCon) at VMI (7-7, 2-3 SoCon)
Cameron Hall - Lexington, VA
- our pick, Paladins by 7

8:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Chattanooga (11-4, 2-4 SoCon) at Samford (6-7, 2-4 SoCon)
Pete Hanna Center - Birmingham, AL
- our pick, Mocs by 4


Conference Standings
1 - Furman   4-0 - 10-3
2 - Wofford  5-1 - 8-4
3 - ETSU     3-1 - 7-5
4 - UNCG    4-2 - 9-5
5 - VMI        2-3 - 7-7
6 - UTC        2-4 - 11-4
7 - Samford  2-4 - 6-7
8 - Citadel    1-3 - 8-3
8 - Mercer    1-3 - 8-4
10 -WCU      0-3 - 7-5






Monday, January 18, 2021

SoCon MBB Power Rankings (1-18-21)




Each Monday, we will post our power ranking based on the previous week's games.

Now looking at the eighth week of play, these rankings are based on gameplay.  Given that, here's our eighth ranking of the season.





Power ranking - 
1- Furman
2- Wofford
3- UNCG
4- Mercer
5- ETSU
6- WCU
7- Chattanooga
8- VMI
9- Citadel
10- Samford




   

                                                           

Game #12 - Samford Bulldogs





The Catamounts stay on the road to play a Monday afternoon make-up game against the Samford Bulldogs. Both the Bulldogs and Cats are coming off conference losses on Saturday and both teams really need a win in this game.    




When: Monday, January 18, 2021, at 3 pm
Where: Hanna  Center, Birmingham, AL
Radio:  Catamount Sports Network
-announcers:  Gary Ayers   
TV/video:  ESPN+
-announcers:   Curt Bloom, play-by-play -Boyd Kaiser, color 
Official Athletic Site: Samford Sports
Samford Fan Message BoardThe Dog Pound

The Series: In a series that started in 1970 with a forfeit by Samford, the Cats are 14-11 overall against the Bulldogs.  Western brings in a two-game winning streak with Samford and has won 4 of the last five contests. 

Bulldogs' record last season (2019-20): 10-23 overall, 4-14 conf., 7-8 home, 3-14 away, 0-1 neutral
Bulldogs' record this season (2020-21): 5-7 overall, 1-4 SoCon, 3-3 home, 2-4 away

Game Notes:       Western Carolina    -     Samford   

Mark Prosser's record vs. Samford:   3-1

Samford Head Coach: Bucky McMillan
Record:  5-7   /   1st Season


Samford is coming off back-to-back games with UNCG, and the Spartans defeated the Bulldogs 87-63 on Thursday, Jan. 14, followed by an 82-70 loss on Saturday. The Bulldogs come into the WCU game having lost 4 straight conference games, after beating VMI in Birmingham to open conference play. Christian Guess, a 6-6 junior guard continues his strong play on the glass for Samford, averaging a team-leading 9.4 rebounds while scoring 15.5 ppg. 

The Bulldogs are averaging 98.3 points per game but are allowing 94.6 from their opponents. Samford is hitting 46.6 of the field goals attempted, and 33.7% of their three-pointers (8.8 per game). The team averages 68.4% of their attempts at the charity stripe. The Bulldogs have 3 players scoring an average of double figures, led by Myron Gordon with 15.6 ppg, followed by Christian Guess hitting 15.5 ppg, and AJ Staton-McCray hits 10.4 ppg. 









Sunday, January 17, 2021

SoCon Basketball Monday (Jan. 18)

Monday, January 18, 2021 


It's make-up Monday in the SoCon, and we have 6 teams making up games. The Cats travel to Samford, the Spartans host the Bulldogs and the Keydets travel to Johnson City, Tennessee.


3:00 PM ET  - Watch on ESPN+
Western Carolina at (7-4, 0-2 SoCon) at Samford (5-7, 1-4 SoCon)
Hanna Center - Birmingham, AL
-our pick, Cats by 3

7:00 PM ET  - Watch on ESPN+ESPN+
Citadel (8-2, 1-2 SoCon) at UNCG (8-5, 3-2 SoCon) 
Greensboro Coliseum - Greensboro, NC
-our pick, Spartans by 8

7:00 PM ET  - Watch on ESPN+ESPN+
VMI (7-6, 2-2 SoCon) at ETSU (6-5, 2-1 SoCon)
Freedom Hall Civic Center - Johnson City, TN
-our pick, Bucs by 7


2020-2021 Southern Conference Standings
Furman 4-0 
Wofford 5-1 
ETSU  2-1  
UNCG 3-2  
VMI  2-2  
UTC  2-4  
Citadel  1-2  
Mercer  1-3  
Samford 1-4  
WCU  0-2 



Friday, January 15, 2021

Game #11 - Mercer









After four postponed games, the Cats take to the road and travel down to Macon, Georgia to face the Mercer Bears. The Bears and Cats are the only two teams remaining without a conference win. 








When: Saturday, January 16, 2021, at 42pm
Where: Hawkins Arena, Macon, GA 
Radio:  Catamount Sports Network
-announcers:  Gary Ayers, Daniel Hooker

TV/video: The game between the Bears and Catamounts is the "Ingles SoCon Game of the Week" and will be broadcast throughout the league's six-state footprint across a network of Nexstar stations. Nexstar affiliates airing games include WYCW (Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville), WMUB (Macon), and WWCW (Lynchburg/Roanoke) (check local listings for availability). The game can also be seen on ESPN+ (subscription required). WSPA Sports Director Pete Yanity will provide play-by-play and 20-year coaching veteran Dean Keener will serve as the color analyst.

Official Athletic Site:  Mercer Bears
Bears Fan Message BoardMU Bear Down

The Series: In a series that started in 1978 with the Bears, the two teams are knotted at 10 wins apiece. The Cats are 4-4 in games played in Macon and are coming off a win from the 2020 SoCon tournament. 

Bears' record this season (2020-21): 7-4 overall, 4-1 home, 3-3 away,  0-3 SoCon 
Bears' record last season (2019-20): 17-15 overall, 11-7 SoCon, 9-6 home, 8-6 away, 0-3 neutral

Game Notes:       Western Carolina       -        Mercer  
Mark Prosser's record vs. Mercer:   3-4

Mercer Head CoachGreg Gary
Record at Mercer:   24 - 19  /  2d season

Key Returners: Ross Cummings, Jeffrey Gary, Maciej Bender, Kamar Robertson, James Glisson III
Key Losses: Djordje Dimitrijevic, Ethan Stair
Key Newcomers: Neftali Alvarez (Fairfield), Felipe Haase (South Carolina) 

The Bears come into this game on a three-game conference slide, losing to Wofford, Furman, & Chattanooga. The Bears got off to a hot winning 7 games before starting conference play, with wins over Ga Tech, Ga State, & Ga Southern.

Mercer is averaging 81.5 points per game (5th in SoCon) and holding opponents to an average of 74.1 ppg (8th in SoCoCon), hitting 49% of their field goal attempts and 37% of 3-point attempts. The Bears average 68% of attempts from the charity stripe and are turning-over the ball an average of 14 times per game. Mercer has four players currently with scoring averages in double figures, led by Ross Cummings at 17 ppg, followed by Felipe Haase with 12.7 ppg, Neftali Alvarez 12.7 ppg, Leon Ayers 11.8& Maciej Bender 11.7 ppg.


























Thursday, January 14, 2021

SoCon Basketball Thursday & Saturday (Jan 14 & 16)

We'll combine Thursday's solo game with Saturday's full slate, as all 10 teams will be back in action on Saturday.  No "give-me" games in the SoCon, so it' will be some great basketball for your viewing.  




Thursday, January 14, 2021 
7:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+ 
UNCG (1-2 SoCon) at Samford (1-2 SoCon)
Pete Hanna Center - Birmingham, AL
-our pick, Spartans by 3


Saturday, January 16, 2021
1:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Citadel (8-1, 1-1 SoCon) at VMI (6-6, 1-2 SoCon)
Cameron Hall - Lexington, VA
-our pick, Keydets by 4

2:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Wofford (7-4, 4-1 SoCon) at Chattanooga (11-3, 2-3 SoCon)
McKenzie Arena - Chattanooga, TN
-our pick, Mocs by 4

2:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Western Carolina (7-3, 0-1 SoCon) at Mercer (7-4, 0-3 SoCon)
Hawkins Arena - Macon, GA
-our pick, Cats by 2

3:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
UNCG (6-5, 1-2 SoCon) at Samford (5-5, 1-2 SoCon)
Hanna Center - Birmingham, AL
-our pick, Spartans by 2

4:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPNU
ETSU (6-4, 2-0 SoCon) at Furman (9-3, 3-0 SoCon)
Timmons Arena - Greenville, SC
-our pick, Paladins by 5





Tuesday, January 12, 2021

SoCon Basketball Wednesday (1-13-21)

January 13, 2021


Three games are set for Wednesday evening and night in the SoCon, as the Cats have another postponement.  Most fans will probably watch Furman at the Citadel earlier in the day as the Paladins travel to face the undefeated Bulldogs who just knocked off the Mocs after 3 games were postponed due to COVID-19. Wofford at VMI also looks to be another barn burner, as no one can take any team for granted this season in the SoCon. Samford and ETSU will not play Wednesday due to COVID-19 concerns. 



3:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Furman (2-0) at Citadel (1-0)
McAlister Field House - Charleston, SC
-our pick, Paladins by 5

7:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Wofford (3-1) at VMI (1-1)
Cameron Hall - Lexington, VA
-our pick, Terriers by 5

7:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Mercer (0-2) at Chattanooga (1-3)
McKenzie Arena - Chattanooga, TN
-our pick, Mocs by 2



POSTPONED
Samford (1-2) at ETSU (2-0)
UNCG (1-2) at Western Carolina (0-1)


Current SoCon Standings:

1. (T) Furman  (2-0)
1. (T)  ETSU  (2-0)
3. Citadel (1-0)
4. Wofford (3-1)
5. VMI (1-1)
6. (T) UNCG (1-2)
6. (T) Samford (1-2)
8. Chattanooga (1-3)
9. Western Carolina (0-1)
10 Mercer (0-2)






Monday, January 11, 2021

SoCon MBB Power Rankings (1-11-21)




Each Monday, we will post our power ranking based on the previous week's games.

Now looking at the seventh week of play, these rankings are based on preseason and actual gameplay.  Given that, here's our seventh ranking of the season.



Power ranking - 
1- Furman
2- Wofford
3- Chattanooga
4- Mercer
5- ETSU
6- WCU
7- UNCG
8- Citadel
9- Samford
10- VMI



                                                               



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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

SoCon Basketball Wednesday (1-6-21)


Now down to only two games for Wednesday night with Samford at Chattanooga and UNCG at Wofford.  Three games have been postponed due to Covid-19.  



7:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Samford (1-1) at Chattanooga (0-2)
McKenzie Arena - Chattanooga, TN
-our pick, Mocs by 5


7:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
UNCG (0-1) at Wofford (2-0)
Richardson Indoor Stadium - Spartanburg, SC
-our pick, Terriers by 3


Postponed: 
Citadel (0-0) at Mercer (0-2)
VMI (1-1) at ETSU (2-0)
Furman (2-0)  at Western Carolina (0-1q)






Monday, January 4, 2021

SoCon MBB Power Rankings (1-4-21)




Each Monday, we will post our power ranking based on the previous week's games.

Now looking into the sixth week of play, these rankings are based on preseason and actual gameplay.  Given that, here's our sixth ranking of the season.



Power ranking - 
1- Furman
2- Wofford
3- ETSU
4- UNCG
5- Mercer
6- WCU
7- VMI
8- Chattanooga
9- Samford
10- Citadel




                                                               



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Friday, January 1, 2021

Two Men's Basketball Games Postponed



Saturday's SoCon men's basketball game with The Citadel and next  Wednesday's game versus Furman scheduled in the Ramsey Center, have been postponed due to positive COVID tests and quarantine requirements within WCU's program.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

SoCon Basketball Saturday (1-2-21)

Saturday, January 2, 2021 


There are five games scheduled for Saturday, with all teams scheduled for action, unless COVID-19 interferes. Not sure of the status of the Citadel for Saturday, since they missed the Wednesday night scheduled game with UNCG. So, right now, four teams have one conference win (Furman, Samford, Wofford, & ETSU), four teams have one loss (WCU, Chattanooga, Mercer, and VMI), and two teams have not played a conference game. 
 

1:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Chattanooga (9-1) at VMI (5-4)
Cameron Hall - Lexington, VA
-our pic, Mocs by 6

1:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Citadel (7-0) at Western Carolina (7-3)
Ramsey Center - Cullowhee, NC
-our pick, Cats by 8

2:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Mercer (7-2) at Furman (7-3)
Timmons Arena - Greenville, SC
-our pick, Paladins by 10

5:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
ETSU (5-4) at UNCG (5-3)
Greensboro Coliseum - Greensboro, NC
-our pick, UNCG by 5

7:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Samford (4-3) at Wofford (4-3)
Richardson Indoor Stadium - Spartanburg, SC
-our pick, Terriers by 8




Monday, December 28, 2020

SoCon MBB Power Rankings (12-28-20)




Each Monday, we will post our power ranking based on the previous week's games.

Now looking into the sixth week of play, these rankings are based on preseason and actual gameplay.  Given that, here's our fifth ranking of the season.



Power ranking - 
1- Chattanooga
2- Furman
3- Mercer
4- Wofford 
5- UNCG
6- WCU
7- ETSU
8- Samford
9- Citadel
10- VMI



                                                               



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Saturday, December 26, 2020

SoCon Basketball Tuesday (12-29-20)

Tuesday & Wednesday - December 29, 2020


It's tip-off day on Tuesday 12-29-20 for Southern Conference MBB action. Wofford & Mercer play a day early, thanks to ESPNU, and the remainder of the conference action unfolds on Wednesday with four games. The premier game will be the preseason #1 Furman at league-leading Chattanooga (9-0).  Here are the games and our picks. 


Tuesday, December 29, 2020
7:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPNU
Wofford (3-3) at Mercer (7-1)
Hawkins Arena - Macon, GA
-my pick, the Bears by 4 points


Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020
1:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Furman (6-3) at Chattanooga (9-0)
McKenzie Arena - Chattanooga, TN
-my pick, the Paladins by 5 points

7:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Western Carolina (7-2) at ETSU (4-4)
Freedom Hall - Johnson City, TN
-my pick, the Cats by 2 points

7:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
UNCG (5-3) at The Citadel (7-0)
McAlister Field House - Charleston, SC
-my pick, the Spartans by 6 points

8:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
VMI (5-4) at Samford (4-3)
Pete Hanna Center - Birmingham, AL
-my pick, the Bulldogs by 6 points




Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Game #10 - East Tennessee State







After Christmas break, the Catamounts will remain on the road to tip-off Southern Conference basketball action in Johnson City, Tennessee. The Cats and Bucs will face off in Freedom Hall for the 80th overall basketball game between the two schools 





When: Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at 7 pm
Where:   Freedom Hall, Johnson City, TN 
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
-announcers:   Gary Ayers, play by play - Daniel Hooper, color
TV/video:  ESPN+ 
-announcers:  Mike Gallagher & Bruce Tranbarger   
Official Athletic SiteETSUBucs
ETSU Fan Message BoardBuccaneer Nation

The Series: In a series that started in 1947, the Cats are 24-55 and have lost the last 11 straight games to the Bucs, last beating the Bucs in 2015 in Asheville. That win broke a 15 game losing streak against ETSU. 

Bucs' record last season (2019-20): 30-4 overall, 16-2  conf., 16-1 home, 11-3 away, 3-0 neutral
Bucs' record this season (2020-21): 4-4 overall, 3-1 home, 0-1 away, 1-2 neutral

Game Notes:    Western Carolina       -     ETSU   

Head CoachJason Shay
Jason Shay's Record at ETSU:    4-4  /  1st season

Key Returners: Vonnie Patterson
Key Losses: Patrick Good, Isaiah Tisdale, Jeromy Rodriguez, Lucas N'Guessan, Tray Boyd III, Joe Hugley
Key Newcomers: Ledarrius Brewer (SEMO), Ty Brewer (SELA), Silas Adheke (Northern Kentucky), David Sloan (Kansas State), Serrel Smith Jr.  (Maryland)

The ETSU men’s basketball team was picked to finish third in the SoCon preseason polls.  Brothers Ledarrius and Ty Brewer landed spots on the Preseason All-Conference Team despite not playing in a league game. 

The 2020-21 Buc roster has a much different look as ETSU lost all five starters and return only three players that saw minutes from last year’s championship squad – Vonnie Patterson, Charlie Weber, and Jordan Coffin.  Overall, the Bucs lost 95% of their scoring, 89% of their rebounding and 90% of their minutes from last season’s team who became the fourth squad in SoCon history to win 30 games in a season.  

Where did they go?  ETSU graduated five of their top eight leading scorers in Tray Boyd III (13.6 ppg), Isaiah Tisdale (9.2), Jeromy Rodriguez (9.1) and Lucas N’Guessan (8.9). Guard Bo Hodges (12.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.5 apg) transferred to Butler and guard Daivien Williamson (10.4 ppg, 2.6 apg) transferred to Wake Forest with Coach Forbes and his staff.  Patrick Good decided to opt-out in late September. 

Jason Shay moved from assistant to head coach after Steve Forbes was named head coach at Wake Forest.  Despite all the changes, the cupboard is not bare for Coach Shay. He brought in four NCAA Division I transfers, Silas Adheke (Northern Kentucky), Ledarrius Brewer (Southeast Missouri State), Ty Brewer (Southeastern Louisiana), and Serrel Smith (Maryland) have combined to play in 230 games (109 starts), totaling 1,687 points, 817 rebounds, 168 assists, 143 steals and 75 blocks.  Ledarrius, sat out the 2019-20 season, while Ty transferred this past April after playing his first two years at Southeastern Louisiana. The Brewer duo combined for 1,542 points, 637 rebounds, 138 assists, 131 steals, and 65 blocks in 131 games at the Division I level.    

While the Bucs got off to a shaky start, losing 3 of the first 4 games, they then put up wins in the next three starts but fell to Alabama on Tuesday night. The Cats have not won in Johnson City since February 24, 1996.  

WCU Probable Starters:




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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

SoCon Basketball Tuesday (12-22-20)


Tuesday, December 22, 2020 


Five games are on the SoCon schedule for Tuesday with everybody except the Citadel on the road. The premier game of the night looks to be ETSU at Alabama. We're picking at least four wins for the day, but the most difficult win would be at Alabama.


2:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Mercer (6-1) at Kennesaw State (3-4)
KSU Convocation Center - Kennesaw, GA
-my pick, Bears by 10


3:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Presbyterian (2-1) at The Citadel (6-0)
McAlister Field House - Charleston, SC
-my pick, Bulldogs by 5


3:00 PM ET - Watch on ESPN+
Chattanooga (8-0) at Tennessee State (1-3)
Gentry Center - Nashville, TN
-my pick, Mocs by 8


7:00 PM ET - Watch on Aggies All-Access
UNCG (4-3) at NC A&T (3-8)
Corbett Sports Center - Greensboro, NC
-my pick, Spartans by 10


7:30 PM ET - Watch on SECN+
ETSU (4-3) at Alabama (4-3)
Coleman Coliseum - Tuscaloosa, AL
-my pick, Tide by 10





Monday, December 21, 2020

SoCon MBB Power Rankings (12-21-20)




Each Monday, we will post our power ranking based on the previous week's games.

Now looking into the fifth week of play, these rankings are based on preseason and actual gameplay.  Given that, here's our fourth ranking of the season.



Power ranking - 
1- Chattanooga
2- Furman
3- Mercer
4- Wofford 
5- Western Carolina
6- UNCG
7- ETSU
8- Citadel
9- VMI
10- Samford




                                                               



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