2016–17 East Tennessee State Buccaneers men's basketball team

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2016–17 East Tennessee State Buccaneers men's basketball
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SoCon regular season co-champions and Tournament champions
NCAA Tournament, First Round
ConferenceSouthern Conference
2016–17 record27–8 (14–4 SoCon)
Head coachSteve Forbes (2nd season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaFreedom Hall Civic Center
Seasons
2016–17 Southern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East Tennessee State 14 4   .778     27 8   .771
UNC Greensboro 14 4   .778     25 10   .714
Furman 14 4   .778     23 12   .657
Chattanooga 10 8   .556     19 12   .613
Wofford 10 8   .556     16 17   .485
Mercer 9 9   .500     15 17   .469
Samford 8 10   .444     20 16   .556
The Citadel 4 14   .222     12 21   .364
Western Carolina 4 14   .222     9 23   .281
VMI 3 15   .167     6 24   .200
2017 SoCon Tournament winner

The 2016–17 East Tennessee State Buccaneers basketball team represented East Tennessee State University during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Buccaneers, led by second-year head coach Steve Forbes, played their home games at the Freedom Hall Civic Center in Johnson City, Tennessee as of the Southern Conference. They finished the season 27–8, 14–4 in SoCon play to finish in a three-way tie for the SoCon regular season championship. They defeated Mercer, Samford and UNC Greensboro to win the SoCon Tournament. As a result, they received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 13 seed in the East region. There they lost in the First Round to Florida.

Previous season[edit]

The Buccaneers finished the 2015–16 season 24–12, 14–4 in SoCon play to finish in to second place. They defeated Mercer and Furman to advance to the championship game of the SoCon Tournament where they lost to Chattanooga. They were invited to the inaugural Vegas 16, which only had eight teams, where they defeated Louisiana Tech in the quarterfinals before losing to Oakland in the semifinals.

Roster[edit]

2016–17 East Tennessee State Buccaneers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F 0 T.J. Cromer 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Albany, Georgia
G 1 Devontavius Payne 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Carbondale, Illinois
G 2 Julian Walters 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Madison, Wisconsin
F 3 David Burrell 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Milwaukee, Wisconsin
G 4 Jason Williams 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Detroit, Michigan
C 5 Peter Jurkin 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Sr Juba, South Sudan
F 10 Isaac Banks 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sr New Orleans, Louisiana
G 11 Desonta Bradford 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Humboldt, Tennessee
F 12 Hanner Mosquera-Perea 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Sr Istmina, Colombia
G 13 A.J. Merriweather 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Jackson, Mississippi
G 14 Kanayo Obi-Rapu 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Greensboro, North Carolina
G 23 Dillon Reppart 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr Johnson City, Tennessee
G 24 Jermaine Long 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr New Orleans, Louisiana
F 40 Tevin Glass 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr Norcross, Georgia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: November 9, 2016

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/05/2016*
4:00 pm
Mars Hill W 104–67 
Freedom Hall Civic Center (2,541)
Johnson City, TN
Non-conference regular season
11/11/2016*
7:00 pm
Fordham W 96–59  1–0
Freedom Hall Civic Center (3,309)
Johnson City, TN
11/14/2016*
7:00 pm
Detroit W 107–78  2–0
Freedom Hall Civic Center (3,026)
Johnson City, TN
11/20/2016*
3:00 pm
at UNC Wilmington L 59–68  2–1
Trask Coliseum (4,032)
Wilmington, NC
11/25/2016*
3:00 pm
vs. Milwaukee
Sanford Pentagon Showcase
W 86–62  3–1
Sanford Pentagon (626)
Sioux Falls, SD
11/26/2016*
5:30 pm
vs. South Dakota State
Sanford Pentagon Showcase
W 71–59  4–1
Sanford Pentagon (1,688)
Sioux Falls, SD
11/27/2016*
1:00 pm
vs. UC Irvine
Sanford Pentagon Showcase
W 72–66  5–1
Sanford Pentagon (291)
Sioux Falls, SD
12/01/2016*
7:00 pm
Lees–McRae
Sanford Pentagon Showcase
W 85–80  6–1
Freedom Hall Civic Center (2,574)
Johnson City, TN
12/04/2016*
2:00 pm
Limestone W 85–57  7–1
Freedom Hall Civic Center (2,435)
Johnson City, TN
12/10/2016*
2:00 pm
at Dayton L 61–75  7–2
UD Arena (13,017)
Dayton, OH
12/14/2016*
9:00 pm, SECN
at Mississippi State W 67–65  8–2
Humphrey Coliseum (6,479)
Starkville, MS
12/17/2016*
2:00 pm
at Morehead State W 78–68  9–2
Ellis Johnson Arena (1,812)
Morehead, KY
12/22/2016*
2:00 pm, ESPN3
Tennessee L 68–72  9–3
Freedom Hall Civic Center (6,149)
Johnson City, TN
12/29/2016*
7:00 pm
Savannah State W 92–71  10–3
Freedom Hall Civic Center (2,768)
Johnson City, TN
SoCon regular season
12/31/2016
2:00 pm, ESPN3
VMI W 102–75  11–3
(1–0)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (3,051)
Johnson City, TN
01/05/2017
7:00 pm
at The Citadel W 115–71  12–3
(2–0)
McAlister Field House (1,207)
Charleston, SC
01/07/2017
4:30 pm
at Mercer W 67–58  13–3
(3–0)
Hawkins Arena (3,739)
Macon, GA
01/12/2017
7:00 pm
UNC Greensboro L 79–83  13–4
(3–1)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (4,112)
Johnson City, TN
01/14/2017
4:00 pm
Western Carolina W 75–52  14–4
(4–1)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (4,342)
Johnson City, TN
01/19/2017
7:00 pm
at Furman L 62–75  14–5
(4–2)
Timmons Arena (1,609)
Greenville, SC
01/22/2017
2:00 pm
Wofford W 79–72  15–5
(5–2)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (4,034)
Johnson City, TN
01/25/2017
8:00 pm
at Samford W 96–86 2OT 16–5
(6–2)
Pete Hanna Center (2,012)
Homewood, AL
01/28/2017
4:00 pm
Chattanooga W 76–71  17–5
(7–2)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (6,149)
Johnson City, TN
02/02/2017
7:00 pm
at VMI W 81–71  18–5
(8–2)
Cameron Hall (1,094)
Lexington, VA
02/06/2017
7:00 pm
at Wofford L 76–79  18–6
(8–3)
Benjamin Johnson Arena (1,497)
Spartanburg, SC
02/09/2017
7:00 pm
The Citadel W 90–69  19–6
(9–3)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (3,845)
Johnson City, TN
02/11/2017
4:00 pm
Mercer W 88–71  20–6
(10–3)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (5,225)
Johnson City, TN
02/15/2017
7:00 pm
Samford W 79–77  21–6
(11–3)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (3,623)
Johnson City, TN
02/18/2017
5:00 pm
at Chattanooga W 65–51  22–6
(12–3)
McKenzie Arena (6,402)
Chattanooga, TN
02/22/2017
7:00 pm
Furman W 93–81 OT 23–6
(13–3)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (6,149)
Johnson City, TN
02/25/2017
7:00 pm
at Western Carolina W 68–52  24–6
(14–3)
Ramsey Center (3,015)
Cullowhee, NC
02/27/2017
7:00 pm
at UNC Greensboro L 66–72  24–7
(14–4)
Greensboro Coliseum (3,833)
Greensboro, NC
SoCon Tournament
03/04/2017
8:30 pm, ESPN3
(3) vs. (6) Mercer
Quarterfinals
W 73–66  25–7
U.S. Cellular Center (5,127)
Asheville, NC
03/05/2017
7:30 pm, ESPN3
(3) vs. (7) Samford
Semifinals
W 81–72  26–7
U.S. Cellular Center (5,079)
Asheville, NC
03/06/2017
7:00 pm, ESPN
(3) vs. (1) UNC Greensboro
Championship game
W 79–74  27–7
U.S. Cellular Center (6,400)
Asheville, NC
NCAA Tournament
03/16/2017*
3:00 pm, truTV
(13 E) vs. (4 E) No. 20 Florida
First Round
L 65–80  27–8
Amway Center (15,037)
Orlando, FL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. E=East Region.
All times are in Eastern Time.

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