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East Tennessee State University Buccaneers
2013–14 East Tennessee State Buccaneers basketball team
East Tennessee State University Buccaneers athletic logo
University East Tennessee State University
Conference SoCon
Location Johnson City, TN
Head coach Murry Bartow (11th year)
Arena ETSU/Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center
(Capacity: 8,539)
Nickname Buccaneers
Colors

Navy Blue and Old Gold

            
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Away
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Alternate jersey
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Alternate
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1968
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1992
NCAA Tournament appearances
1968, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010
Conference tournament champions
1968, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010
Conference regular season champions
1968, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are the basketball team that represents East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in Johnson City, Tennessee. ETSU currently competes in the Southern Conference as of July 1, 2014. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2010. The Buccaneers are coached by head coach Murry Bartow.

History[edit]

ETSU has been playing Division I basketball since the 1958–59 season when they joined the Ohio Valley Conference. In the 1979–1980 season ETSU joined the Southern Conference and after the 2004–2005 season they left the Southern Conference for the Atlantic Sun Conference. On July 1, 2014, they re-joined the Southern Conference.

Division I season-by-season results[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Madison Brooks (1948–1973)
1958–1959 Madison Brooks 13–10 5–7 4th
1959–1960 Madison Brooks 9–14 2–10 7th
1960–1961 Madison Brooks 9–15 1–11 7th
1961–1962 Madison Brooks 11–14 3–9 6th
1962–1963 Madison Brooks 14–8 7–5 3rd
1963–1964 Madison Brooks 12–10 8–6 6th
1964–1965 Madison Brooks 6–17 4–10 7th
1965–1966 Madison Brooks 7–14 3–11 7th
1966–1967 Madison Brooks 17–9 8–6 3rd
1967–1968 Madison Brooks 19–8 10–4 1st NCAA Sweet 16
1968–1969 Madison Brooks 15–11 6–8 5th
1969–1970 Madison Brooks 15–11 8–6 3rd
1970–1971 Madison Brooks 12–12 8–6 4th
1971–1972 Madison Brooks 11–14 6–8 6th
1972–1973 Madison Brooks 9–17 2–12 8th
Madison Brooks: 370–263
Leroy Fisher (1973–1976)
1973–1974 Leroy Fisher 8–18 3–11 8th
1974–1975 Leroy Fisher 9–14 5–9 5th
1975–1976 Leroy Fisher 6–20 4–10 8th
Leroy Fisher: 23–53 12–30
Sonny Smith (1976–1978)
1976–1977 Sonny Smith 12–14 6–8 5th
1977–1978 Sonny Smith 18–9 10–4 2nd
Sonny Smith: 30–23 16–13
Jim Halihan (1978–1982)
1978–1979 Jim Halihan 16–11
1979–1980 Jim Halihan 15–13 8–7 4th
1980–1981 Jim Halihan 13–14 9–7 4th
1981–1982 Jim Halihan 13–15 8–8 4th
Jim Halihan: 57–53 25–22
Barry Dowd (1982–1985)
1982–1983 Barry Dowd 22–9 12–4 3rd NIT 1st Round
1983–1984 Barry Dowd 9–19 6–10 7th
1984–1985 Barry Dowd 9–18 3–13 9th
Barry Dowd: 40–46 21–27
Les Robinson (1985–1990)
1985–1986 Les Robinson 13–16 8–8 4th
1986–1987 Les Robinson 7–21 3–13 8th
1987–1988 Les Robinson 14–15 9–7 4th
1988–1989 Les Robinson 20–11 7–7 4th NCAA 1st Round
1989–1990 Les Robinson 27–7 12–2 1st NCAA 1st Round
Les Robinson: 81–70 39–37
Alan LeForce (1990–1996)
1990–1991 Alan LeForce 28–5 11–3 1st NCAA 1st Round
1991–1992 Alan LeForce 24–7 12–2 1st NCAA 2nd Round
1992–1993 Alan LeForce 19–10 12–6 2nd
1993–1994 Alan LeForce 16–14 13–5 2nd
1994–1995 Alan LeForce 14–14 9–5 2nd (North)
1995–1996 Alan LeForce 7–20 3–11 T-5th (North)
Alan LeForce: 108–70 60–32
Ed Dechellis (1996–2003)
1996–1997 Ed Dechellis 7–20 2–11 5th (North)
1997–1998 Ed Dechellis 11–16 6–9 T–5th
1998–1999 Ed Dechellis 17–11 9–7 3rd (North)
1999–2000 Ed Dechellis 14–15 8–8 4th (North)
2000–2001 Ed Dechellis 18–10 13–3 1st (North)
2001–2002 Ed Dechellis 18–10 11–5 T–1st (North)
2002–2003 Ed Dechellis 20–11 11–5 T–1st (North) NCAA 1st Round
Ed Dechellis: 105–93 60–49
Murry Bartow (2003–present)
2003–2004 Murry Bartow 27–6 15–1 1st (North) NCAA 1st Round
2004–2005 Murry Bartow 10–19 4–12 5th (North)
2005–2006 Murry Bartow 15–13 12–8 5th
2006–2007 Murry Bartow 24–10 16–2 1st NIT 1st Round
2007–2008 Murry Bartow 19–13 11–5 T–3rd
2008–2009 Murry Bartow 23–10 14–6 T–2nd NCAA 1st Round
2009–2010 Murry Bartow 20–15 13–7 T–2nd NCAA 1st Round
2010–2011 Murry Bartow 24–12 16–4 2nd CIT Semifinals
2011–2012 Murry Bartow 17–13 10–8 T-4th
2012–2013 Murry Bartow 10–22 8–10 T-7th
Murry Bartow: 189–135 119–63
Total: 968–768

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

The Les Robinson / Alan LeForce Era[edit]

Commonly referred to as "The Glory Days" of ETSU basketball, between 1989 and 1992, ETSU won 4 straight Southern Conference titles while compiling 99 wins. During this 4-year period ETSU had wins over prestigious programs such as Arizona, NC State (3 times), Wake Forest, Cincinnati, BYU, Xavier, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Tennessee (twice) and Memphis. ETSU also suffered their most famous loss when they lost by 1 point to top ranked Oklahoma as a 16th seed in the 1989 NCAA Tournament.

When Les Robinson left for NC State after the 1990 season, longtime assistant Alan Leforce took over a veteran team led by Senior Keith "Mister" Jennings. The team was ranked as high as 10th[1] in the nation during the 1991 season and finished the year 17th in the AP poll and 15th in the Coaches poll.[2] In the 1992 NCAA Tournament ETSU upset the Arizona Wildcats in the opening round, but eventually fell in the second round to the Michigan Wolverines and the Fab Five.

The Ed Dechellis Era[edit]

In 1996 Ed Dechellis replaced Alan Leforce who resigned after the 1995–1996 season. In 2001 Dechellis led ETSU to their first regular season conference title since the 91–92 season. In 2003 Dechellis helped ETSU win their first Southern Conference Tournament title and first NCAA berth since 1992. ETSU faced Wake Forest University in the first round where they lost in the final seconds 73–76 after having a chance to win the game with the last shot. After the 2003 season Dechellis left for Penn State.

Dechellis complied 105–93 record at ETSU but is mostly remembered for bringing prominence back to the ETSU basketball program that had struggled after the 1993 season.

The Murry Bartow Era[edit]

In 2003 ETSU hired Murry Bartow after Ed Dechellis took the head coaching position at Penn State. Bartow took over a senior led team that won 27 games and nearly went undefeated in conference play in his first season; additionally, ETSU won their second straight Southern Conference Tournament and headed back to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year. ETSU had another close call in the 2004 NCAA Tournament when they lost to Cincinnati 77–80 in the closing seconds, much like the Wake Forest game the previous year.

In the 2005–2006 season ETSU left the Southern Conference to join the Atlantic Sun Conference. During his time in the Atlantic Sun ETSU has received 4 postseason bids. Back to Back NCAA tournaments in 2009 and 2010, the NIT in 2007 and the CIT in 2011.

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division I tournament results[edit]

The Buccaneers have appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament nine times. Their combined record is 2–10.

Year Seed Round Opponent Results
1968 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Florida State
Ohio State
Marquette
W 79–69
L 72–79
L 57–69
1989 #16 First Round #1 Oklahoma L 71–72
1990 #13 First Round #4 Georgia Tech L 83–99
1991 #10 First Round #7 Iowa L 73–76
1992 #14 First Round
Second Round
#3 Arizona
#6 Michigan
W 87–80
L 90–102
2003 #15 First Round #2 Wake Forest L 73–76
2004 #13 First Round #4 Cincinnati L 77–80
2009 #16 First Round #1 Pittsburgh L 62–72
2010 #16 First Round #1 Kentucky L 71–100

NCAA Division II tournament results[edit]

The Buccaneers have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament one time. Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
1976 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Centenary
Kentucky Wesleyan
W 62–61
L 73–84

NAIA tournament results[edit]

The Buccaneers have appeared in the NAIA Tourament three times. Their combined record is 0–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
1953 First Round Arizona State L 79–81
1954 First Round Southwest Missouri State L 72–77
1956 First Round Gustavus Adolphus L 60–80

NIT results[edit]

The Buccaneers have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) two times. Their combined record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1983 First Round Vanerbilt L 73–79
2007 First Round Clemson L 57–64

CIT results[edit]

The Buccaneers have appeared in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) two times. Their combined record is 3–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
2011 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Furman
Ohio
Iona
W 76–63
W 82–73
L 80–83
2014 First Round
Second Round
Chattanooga
Towson
W 79–66
L 77–83

Team records[edit]

Career leaders[edit]

Single game leaders[edit]

Record Home Crowds[edit]

Top 8 all-time home crowds to attend an ETSU basketball game inside of ETSU/Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center

Rank Attendance Event Date
1 12,884 Chattanooga vs. ETSU Feb. 4, 1991
2 12,240 NC State vs. ETSU Dec. 29, 1990
3 12,208 VMI vs. ETSU Feb. 25, 1991
4 11,341 Southern Mississippi vs. ETSU Dec. 7, 1991
5 11,189 Appalachian State vs. ETSU Feb 1, 1992
6 10,727 Chattanooga vs. ETSU Jan. 20, 1992
7 10,607 Appalachian State vs. ETSU Jan. 5, 1991
8 10,475 Appalachian State vs. ETSU Feb. 17, 1990

ETSU players in the NBA and ABA[edit]

3 players from ETSU have played in the NBA & ABA [3] and a total of 8 players have been drafted.[4]

Tommy Woods 1968 [5]

Skeeter Swift 1970 to 1974 [6]

Keith "Mister" Jennings 1993 to 1995 [7]

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