2017–18 East Tennessee State Buccaneers men's basketball team

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2017–18 East Tennessee State Buccaneers men's basketball
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ConferenceSouthern Conference
2017–18 record25–9 (14–4 SoCon)
Head coachSteve Forbes (3rd season)
Assistant coachJason Shay
Assistant coachBrooks Savage
Assistant coachBJ McKie
Home stadiumFreedom Hall Civic Center
Seasons
2017–18 Southern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
UNC Greensboro 15 3   .833     27 8   .771
East Tennessee State 14 4   .778     25 9   .735
Furman 13 5   .722     23 10   .697
Mercer 11 7   .611     19 15   .559
Wofford 11 7   .611     21 13   .618
Western Carolina 8 10   .444     13 19   .406
Samford 6 12   .333     10 22   .313
The Citadel 5 13   .278     11 21   .344
VMI 4 14   .222     9 21   .300
Chattanooga 3 15   .167     10 23   .303
2018 SoCon Tournament winner

The 2017–18 East Tennessee Buccaneers basketball team represented East Tennessee State University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Buccaneers, led by third-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 25–9, 14–4 in SoCon play to finish in second place. They defeated Chattanooga and Furman to advance to the championship game of the SoCon Tournament where they lost to UNC Greensboro. Despite having 25 wins, they did not participate in a postseason tournament.

Previous season[edit]

The Buccaneers finished the 2016–17 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 become champions of the SoCon Tournament. They earned the SoCon's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the First Round to Florida.

Roster[edit]

2017–18 East Tennessee State Buccaneers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 0 Kanayo Obi-Rapu 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Greensboro, North Carolina
G 1 Desonta Bradford 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Humboldt, Tennessee
F 2 David Burrell 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Milwaukee, Wisconsin
G 3 Bo Hodges 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Nashville, Tennessee
G 4 Jason Williams 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Detroit, Michigan
C 5 Peter Jurkin 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg) RS Sr Juba, South Sudan
F 10 Kendrick Gray 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Newport, Vermont
G 11 Devontavius Payne 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Carbondale, Illinois
G 12 Jalan McCloud 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Fort Worth, Texas
F 13 Jeromy Rodriguez 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Santiago, Dominican Republic
G 15 Patrick Good 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) So Johnson City, Tennessee
F 20 James Harrison 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Dallas, Texas
G 23 Dillon Reppart 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Johnson City, Tennessee
G 24 Jermaine Long 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr New Orleans, Louisiana
F 33 Mladen Armus 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Fr Belgrade, Serbia
C 34 Karl Overstreet 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Sr Lynchburg, Virginia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Jason Shay
  • Brooks Savage
  • BJ McKie

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

Roster
Last update: January 4, 2018

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Non-conference regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Northern Kentucky L 63–81  0–1
BB&T Arena (3,586)
Highland Heights, KY
Nov 13, 2017*
7:00 pm
at Savannah State
Adolph Rupp Classic
W 76–61  1–1
Tiger Arena (965)
Savannah, GA
Nov 17, 2017*
7:00 pm, SECN
at No. 7 Kentucky
Adolph Rupp Classic
L 61–78  1–2
Rupp Arena (20,378)
Lexington, KY
Nov 20, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Delaware State
Adolph Rupp Classic
W 81–57  2–2
Freedom Hall Civic Center (3,562)
Johnson City, TN
Nov 22, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Troy
Adolph Rupp Classic
L 65–73  2–3
Freedom Hall Civic Center 
Johnson City, TN
Nov 25, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Fort Wayne
Adolph Rupp Classic
W 83–73  3–3
Freedom Hall Civic Center (2,919)
Johnson City, TN
Nov 29, 2017*
7:00 pm
at Fordham W 82–77  4–3
Rose Hill Gymnasium (1,158)
Bronx, NY
Dec 6, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Northern Kentucky W 84–71  5–3
Freedom Hall Civic Center (3,484)
Johnson City, TN
Dec 10, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Hiwassee W 94–48  6–3
Freedom Hall Civic Center (3,321)
Johnson City, TN
Dec 16, 2017*
2:00 pm, FSN
at No. 10 Xavier L 66–68  6–4
Cintas Center (10,432)
Cincinnati, OH
Dec 19, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Detroit W 81–73  7–4
Calihan Hall (893)
Detroit, MI
Dec 22, 2017*
6:00 pm, ESPN3
Georgia Southern W 79–59  8–4
Freedom Hall Civic Center (4,050)
Johnson City, TN
Dec 28, 2017*
6:00 pm, ESPN3
Tusculum W 84–65  9–4
Freedom Hall Civic Center (3,218)
Johnson City, TN
SoCon regular season
Dec 31, 2017
1:00 pm, ESPN3
at Mercer W 74–55  10–4
(1–0)
Hawkins Arena (3,069)
Macon, GA
Jan 4, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPN3
at Samford W 90–72  11–4
(2–0)
Pete Hanna Center (894)
Homewood, AL
Jan 6, 2018
5:00 pm, ESPN3
at Chattanooga W 85–66  12–4
(3–0)
McKenzie Arena (4,444)
Chattanooga, TN
Jan 11, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
UNC Greensboro W 68–58  13–4
(4–0)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (5,038)
Johnson City, TN
Jan 13, 2018
4:00 pm, ESPN3
VMI W 89–48  14–4
(5–0)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (4,218)
Johnson City, TN
Jan 18, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Furman W 62–61  15–4
(6–0)
Timmons Arena (1,806)
Greenville, SC
Jan 20, 2018
4:00 pm, ESPN3
Western Carolina W 66-50  16-4
(7-0)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (5,412)
Johnson City, TN
Jan 24, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Mercer W 84–75  17–4
(8–0)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (4,770)
Johnson City, TN
Jan 27, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Wofford W 75–62  18–4
(9–0)
Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium (3,400)
Spartanburg, SC
Jan 29, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPN3
at The Citadel W 73–71  19–4
(10–0)
McAlister Field House (412)
Charleston, SC
Feb 1, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Samford W 96–76  20–4
(11–0)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (5,019)
Johnson City, TN
Feb 3, 2018
4:00 pm, ESPN3
Chattanooga W 81–61  21–4
(12–0)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (6,149)
Johnson City, TN
Feb 10, 2018
1:00 pm, ESPN3
at VMI W 70–56  22–4
(13–0)
Cameron Hall (3,253)
Lexington, VA
Feb 12, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at UNC Greensboro L 56–74  22–5
(13–1)
Greensboro Coliseum (4,179)
Greensboro, NC
Feb 17, 2018
2:00 pm, ESPN3
at Western Carolina W 72–61  23–5
(14–1)
Ramsey Center (1,836)
Cullowhee, NC
Feb 20, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
The Citadel L 82–84  23–6
(14–2)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (4,911)
Johnson City, TN
Feb 23, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Wofford L 71–75  23–7
(14–3)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (6,005)
Johnson City, TN
Feb 25, 2018
2:00 pm, ESPN3
Furman L 76–79  23–8
(14–4)
Freedom Hall Civic Center (5,908)
Johnson City, TN
SoCon Tournament
Mar 3, 2018
8:30 pm, ESPN3
(2) vs. (10) Chattanooga
Quarterfinals
W 77–59  24–8
U.S. Cellular Center (5,431)
Asheville, NC
Mar 4, 2018
6:30 pm, ESPN3
(2) vs. (3) Furman
Semifinals
W 63–52  25–8
U.S. Cellular Center (5,546)
Asheville, NC
Mar 5, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPN2
(1) vs. (1) UNC Greensboro
Championship game
L 47–62  25–9
U.S. Cellular Center (5,823)
Asheville, NC
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. E=East Region.
All times are in Eastern Time.

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