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ETSU basketball team to play at Kansas in November

Johnson City Press • Updated Aug 9, 2019 at 2:57 PM

A trip to Allen Fieldhouse awaits the East Tennessee State University men’s basketball team. The Buccaneers will visit Kansas on Nov. 19 for an opening-round contest in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, whose mainland schedule was announced on Friday.

Tip-off time for ETSU’s game with the Jayhawks is scheduled for 8 p.m. (EST). This will mark the fourth meeting between the two teams and the first since Jan. 4, 1996.

“Kansas has the loudest home atmosphere of any place I have ever coached,” said head coach Steve Forbes. “I have the utmost respect for Coach (Bill) Self and his program. Our players are excited for the opportunity to play against one of the top programs in the history of college basketball.”

The Bucs will host their regional games on Nov. 23-24 inside Freedom Hall, which open its doors for Southern Utah, Charleston Southern and Delaware State. Below is the schedule of those games:

Nov. 23 — Southern Utah vs. Charleston Southern, 11:30 a.m.

Nov. 23 — ETSU vs. Delaware State, 2 p.m.

Nov. 24 — Delaware State vs. Charleston Southern/Southern Utah, 11:30 a.m.*

Nov. 24 — ETSU vs. Charleston Southern/Southern Utah, 2 p.m.*

*The winner of ETSU-Delaware State will play the winner of Southern Utah-Charleston Southern on Nov. 24.

The Bucs are 2-0 all-time against Delaware State, including an 81-57 win back on Nov. 20, 2017, while ETSU has won four of the six all-time meetings against Charleston Southern. ETSU and Southern Utah have never met.

“Coach (Brooks) Savage works diligently day in and day out to put our schedule together,” said Forbes. “Having the opportunity to host two "mainland" home games in the Maui Invitational gives our fans a weekend in November of back-to-back home basketball games to attend and watch our team play.”

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