Leading nearly the whole way with little resistance, ETSU clinched their first tourney berth since 2004 today over Jacksonville -- and first ever as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. You may remember back in '03 when they were led by 5'9" guard Tim Smith, and nearly upset #2 Wake Forest.
The 2008-2009 Bucs three victories en route to the title had an average scoring margin of 15 points, but don't seem to pose a real threat this time around.
A quick rundown on them after the jump, but, let's be honest, this team is a quick out.
Location: Johnson City, Tennessee
Record: 22-10 (14-6)
Leading Scorers: Kevin Tiggs (21.5 ppg); Courtney Pigram (17.9 ppg); Mike Smith (15.3)
What to Know:
- Pigram scored 30 in their conference clincher over Jacksonville, but Tiggs is the go-to guy who took home tourney MVP. He's a 6'4" forward and shoots 54 percent from the field. If he plays with poise, he could be a match-up problem against an undersized team.
- Nobody in the A-Sun seems to play defense. The Bucs were tops in the conference giving up "only" 70 points a game. Too bad that was good for 232nd in the entire country.
- The Bucs played just two games against the RPI top 100 (both losses to Temple and Bradley). Their overall strength of schedule was 273. In short, the word "overwhelmed" comes to mind when thinking of placing this team on a tournament stage.
Projected Seed: 15; thanks for coming, enjoy your free gear.