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Games at Illinois, Creighton highlight Bucs’ schedule

Joe Avento • Sep 14, 2018 at 6:31 PM

Games at Illinois and Creighton highlight East Tennessee State’s 2018-19 men’s basketball schedule, released Friday.

The Bucs take on Creighton in Omaha, Neb., on Nov. 11 in their third game of the season. The game at Illinois is set for Dec. 15.

The rest of the schedule includes six nonconference home games: against Hiwassee, Chicago State, North Dakota State, Reinhardt, Tennessee-Martin and Sam Houston State or Jackson State.

The season starts on Nov. 6 with a trip to Atlanta to take on Georgia State. The home opener is scheduled for Nov. 8 when Hiwassee pays another visit to Freedom Hall.

“Scheduling is a long and difficult process for a myriad of reasons, and I appreciate the patience of our loyal fan base as we worked to complete this year’s schedule,” said ETSU coach Steve Forbes, whose team is coming off a 25-win season and a third straight trip to the Southern Conference tournament title game. “Each year, we work extremely hard to challenge our team with our nonconference schedule in preparation for the rigors of playing in the SoCon, and this schedule does that once again.”

The Bucs are also playing in the Sun Bowl Classic tournament in El Paso, Texas. They’ll take on Wyoming on Dec. 21 and either UTEP or Norfolk State the next day.

In addition, they’re taking part in the mainland section of the Cayman Islands Classic, where they will get two home games. They face Chicago State on Nov. 19 while Sam Houston State and Jackson State also play. The winners of those two games meet the next day.

Other road games are against Winthrop and Georgia Southern.

ETSU begins SoCon play at Wofford on Dec. 1. The conference home opener is set for Dec. 29 against Furman.

The rematch of the conference tournament championship game is Jan. 19 when UNC Greensboro comes to Freedom Hall.

The conference tournament is scheduled for March 8-11 in Asheville, N.C.

ETSU 2018-19 basketball schedule

Nov. 2 vs. Southern Wesleyan (exhibition)

Nov. 6. at Georgia State

Nov. 8 vs. Hiwassee

Nov. 11 at Creighton $

Nov. 17 at Winthrop

Nov. 19 vs. Chicago State $

Nov. 20 vs. Sam Houston St./Jackson St. $

Nov. 24 vs. North Dakota State

Nov. 27 at Georgia Southern

Dec. 1 at Wofford *

Dec. 3 vs. Reinhardt

Dec. 8 vs. UT Martin

Dec. 15 at Illinois

Dec. 21 vs. Wyoming !

Dec. 22 vs. UTEP/Norfolk St. !

Dec. 29 vs. Furman *

Jan. 3 vs. Samford *

Jan. 5 vs. Chattanooga *

Jan. 10 at The Citadel *

Jan. 12 at Mercer *

Jan. 17 vs. VMI *

Jan. 19 vs. UNCG *

Jan. 26 at Western Carolina *

Jan. 31 at Samford *

Feb. 2 at Chattanooga *

Feb. 7 vs. Wofford *

Feb. 9 at Furman *

Feb. 14 vs. The Citadel *

Feb. 16 vs. Mercer *

Feb. 21 at VMI *

Feb. 23 at UNCG *

March 2 vs. Western Carolina *

March 8-11 SoCon Tournament (Asheville, N.C.)

$--Cayman Island Classic

! –Sun Bowl Classic

*--Southern Conference game

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