2019 ScheduleAll times ET

2019 Schedule
15-4, 2nd in Southern
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ETSU adds Oklahoma State transfer N'Guessan

Lucas N'Guessan, who is from the Netherlands, will sit out the 2018-19 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

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East Tennessee St. extending coach Forbes

Coach Steve Forbes, who led the East Tennessee State Buccaneers to the 2017 NCAA tournament, has reached an extension with the school through the 2023 season.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

East Tennessee State is expected to announce a contract extension for head coach Steve Forbes through 2023, sources told ESPN.

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Love games with first place on the line: Murray State at Belmont (7p, @ESPNU); Vermont at New Hampshire (7p, #ESPN3); East Tennessee State at Furman (730p, #ESPN3); Saint Mary's at Gonzaga (9p, @ESPN); Seattle at New Mexico State (9p, #ESPN3).

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Several first-place battles tonight: Summit League (Oral Roberts at South Dakota St); Conference USA (Western Kentucky at Old Dominion); WAC (New Mexico St at Grand Canyon); Southern (UNC Greensboro at East Tennessee St); Horizon League (Wright St at Northern Kentucky); NEC (St. Francis-PA at Robert Morris).

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Xavier was down 22 at one point in the second half against East Tennessee State. Outscored them 39-15 in the final 14 minutes. Ended the game on a 24-7 run.

Xavier's Bluiett has ice-water in his veins (0:53)

Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

AJ Merriweather of East Tennessee State got the crowd on its feet before and after his dunk in the College Slam.

Sam Strong ESPN Staff Writer 

Fresh off a 50 in round 1, ETSU's AJ Merriweather followed it up with this.

Sam Strong ESPN Staff Writer 

Double clutch for ETSU's AJ Merriweather.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Keatts, Steve Forbes and Joe Dooley are all hot mid-major names for the coaching carousel. All three came to Orlando looking to get a win and boost their profile. But there will be no Andy Enfield-esque run from any of the three. Would guess at least one of them makes a move this spring, though.

No shockers for Greenberg, Williams on day 1 (1:20)

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida looked great in the second half and pulls away from East Tennessee State for a 80-65 win. ETSU made it a game late in the first half and early in the second, but Florida just had too much size and speed. Gators took advantage of ETSU turnovers, and there was no answer for Devin Robinson.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

One coach that scouted Florida said the Gators' backcourt was "the fastest I've ever seen on film. They have John Wall speed." Chris Chiozza just outran East Tennessee State's entire team for a layup. Gators starting to pull away in the second half.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

East Tennessee State's T.J. Cromer is a competitor. Totally fearless, makes shots, drives into traffic. Very confident offensively.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Florida was 1-of-10 from beyond the 3-point line in the first half. The Gators have shot 39.2 percent on 3-pointers in their wins compared with 26.1 percent in losses.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Florida took an 8-point lead early and looked like it was going to run away with the game, but East Tennessee State trails by just 1 at the break. The Gators were ice cold from beyond the arc in the first half, going 1-for-10. Florida was 2-3 this season when making fewer than five 3-pointers in a game.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida goes into halftime with a one-point lead over ETSU. Gators getting most of its opportunities on the offensive glass or in transition. East Tennessee State winning the half-court battle. T.J. Cromer has been terrific for the Bucs.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

There's only one section of East Tennessee State fans here, but they're making their voices heard as the Buccaneers hang tight with 4-seed Florida.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Devin Robinson is where Florida has its biggest edge against East Tennessee State. No one can match his size and length on the perimeter. Had 10 points early, has been quiet since.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

East Tennessee State has done a good job against Florida in the halfcourt, contesting shots and closing out. If they can limit Florida's fast-break and second-chance opportunities, they can stay in the game.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

East Tennessee State was most concerned with Florida's speed heading into the game. Need to limit live-ball turnovers. Six points off turnovers for Florida in the first three minutes.

Team Stats

Points Per Game80.4
Rebounds Per Game43.3
Assists Per Game15.9
Points Allowed65.438th

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record2-11
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances10