SoCon title on the line for ETSU tonight

Just a season ago, ETSU was in this same position.

One win away from a Southern Conference tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. They came up just short. The final score read Chattanooga 73, ETSU 67.

One season later, the Bucs have worked their way back for a chance at the title again. If the Bucs secure a victory they would clinch conference title number 10, and the same number of NCAA Tournament bids.

ETSU has some extra motivation other than trying to win the conference titles.

They have to face University of North Carolina- Greensboro, who have beaten ETSU twice this year.

UNCG denied ETSU the chance of being outright regular season champions in both teams final game of the regular season. The Spartans’ win on Senior Night made them co-champions of the league with ETSU and Furman. It also gave them the number 1  seed in the conference tournament.

Two players ETSU must guard closely are UNCG guard Francis Alonso and center RJ White. Alonso is averaging 23.5 points per game and White is averaging 17 against ETSU  this season.

ETSU got off to a slow start in the second half in their last game against ETSU, falling behind by as many as 16. They only shot 3-14 from 3 point range. The Bucs started charging back in the second half, mixing in some full court pressure.

To avoid any shooting woes, look for ETSU to keep going to guard TJ Cromer, who went off for 41 points last night. However, Cromer hasn’t had much success against UNCG this year. He has only scored 9 points in each contest this year.

Look for ETSU to dominate in the front court as forwards Tevin Glass and Hanner Mosquera-Perea provided a spark in the last matchup. Mosquera-Perea scored 18 points and Glass had 14 with 7 rebounds. The front court could be the key to victory against UNCG.

Tip-off of the SoCon Tournament final starts at 7 p.m. inside the U.S. Cellular Center. The game will broadcast on ESPN and on 640 AM WXSM in the Tri-Cities, Tennessee.

 

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