If East Tennessee State’s men’s basketball team is going to find a spark to propel a successful finish to its present slate, there may not be a better opportunity on its schedule than the five-game home stretch which begins Thursday.
Coming off a pair of disappointing losses last week at Stetson and defending Atlantic Sun champion Florida Gulf Coast, Murry Bartow’s squad sits tied with the fourth-best overall mark at 9-10 and knotted at seventh in conference play (2-4) with third place North Florida (11-9, 5-2) coming into the MSHA Athletic Center on Thursday.
“Obviously, we’re trying to focus in on this one,” Bartow said. “North Florida’s maybe the most improved team in our league. It’ll be a hard game, but we’ve had some good practices and hopefully we’ll be ready to play.”
After losing its first four regular season games, the Bucs reeled off wins in eight of its following 10 contests.