JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The ETSU men’s basketball team learned Sunday night that it will host Green Bay in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The first-round game, labeled the Hugh Durham Classic, will be played Wednesday at 7 p.m. inside Freedom Hall.
The Bucs, who have won five of their last seven games, enter the tournament with an overall record of 24-9 after reaching the semifinals of the Ingles Southern Conference Basketball Championship presented by General Shale. The 24 wins are tied for the seventh-most in program history, while ETSU has won 100 games since the start of the 2015-16. The 100 wins are the most over a four-year stretch in program history, while the Blue and Gold were the 18th team to accomplish the feat during this time frame.
ETSU won 13 of its 15 games inside Freedom Hall this season and is 51-10 (.836) at home in the Forbes era.
This marks the Bucs’ 16th postseason appearance in program history, along with their third trip in the CIT (2011 & 2014).
Green Bay enters Wednesday’s game with an overall record of 17-16 and went 10-8 in the Horizon League. The Phoenix fell to top-seeded Wright State in the semifinals of the conference tournament. Green Bay is led by senior guard Sandy Cohen III as he is averaging a team-best 17.2 points per game, which ranks sixth in the Horizon League. Cohen has scored 20 or more points in five of his last seven games, while he also leads the Phoenix in field goals made (183), free throws made (150), rebounds per game (6.4), assists (150) and steals (63).
This will be Green Bay’s sixth postseason appearance in the last seven seasons. The Phoenix played in the 2013 CIT, made back-to-back trips to the NIT in 2014-15, played in the 2016 NCAA tournament and accepted a bid to the 2017 CBI.
ETSU defeated Green Bay 103-90 back on Nov. 17, 2015, inside Freedom Hall, which is the only prior meeting between the two programs. The game was a part of ESPN’s 24-hour college basketball marathon and tipped off at 6 a.m. on ESPN2.
Tickets for Wednesday’s game can be purchased online at ETSUBucs.com or by calling the ETSU ticket office at 423-439-3878. Due to the short turnaround, fans are strongly encouraged to use the “Print At Home” function to receive their tickets. For those who do not use the “Print At Home” method, tickets will be available at will-call starting Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Freedom Hall.
Below is a list of the ticket prices:
Upper Baselines –$12
Bronze – $15
Silver – $20
Gold – $30
Baseline Floor – $40
Courtside Floor – $50
First and second rounds will be played March 18-25, quarterfinals will be held March 27-31, semifinals will be played April 2 and the championship is scheduled for April 4. The CIT uses the old NIT model in which there is no set bracket. Future round opponents are determined by the results of the previous round. All games at on-campus sites.
For more information on the CIT click here.
ETSU is one of four SoCon schools to be playing in the postseason with Wofford earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and UNCG and Furman earning at-large berths to the NIT.