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Forbes' Bucs to play at Kansas in November

From staff reports • Aug 10, 2019 at 1:21 AM

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

Tipoff time for ETSU’s game with the Jayhawks is scheduled for 8 p.m. This will mark the fourth meeting between the teams but the first since Jan. 4, 1996.

“Kansas has the loudest home atmosphere of any place I have ever coached,” said Bucs 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 host their regional games on Nov. 23-24 inside Freedom Hall, which opens its doors for Southern Utah, Charleston Southern and Delaware State.

The schedule for those games is:

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 plays the Southern Utah-Charleston Southern winner on Nov. 24.

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

“Coach (Brooks) Savage works diligently day in and day out to put our schedule together,” Forbes said. “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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