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MBB-FCS: VMI Keydets (6-20) at East Tennessee State Buccaneers (9-17)

The ETSU men’s basketball team looks to sweep the regular season series over VMI as the Buccaneers host the Keydets in a rare Friday night Southern Conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside Freedom Hall.

ABOUT THE BUCS

· The Bucs are looking to snap a two-game skid as ETSU sits at 9-17 overall and 5-8 in SoCon play

· ETSU is coming off a 91-65 setback at UNCG on Tuesday night where Jalen Haynes (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and Jordan King (Albany, N.Y.) combined for 43 points on 15-of-29 shooting

· Haynes registered his third straight 20-point scoring game (seventh of the season) as he netted 23 points, six rebounds and two assists against the Spartans

· Over his last seven games, Haynes has totaled 151 points and 53 rebounds, while shooting 62 percent from the field (57-92) … Haynes, who is averaging 21.6 points during this stretch, has accounted for 32 percent of the Bucs’ scoring over this run

· King totaled his 14th career 20-point scoring game as he finished exactly with 20 points on Tuesday night in Greensboro

· Jordan King and Jalen Haynes accounted for 43 of ETSU’s 65 points and 15 of its 22 made field goals Tuesday night at UNCG … King and Haynes haven been carrying the load for the Bucs over the last seven games as they have accounted for 53% of the scoring (249 of the 472 points) and 54% of their field goals (95 of the 175) … The duo has been efficient as they have done this while accounting for less than 50 percent of the team’s shots (48%, 187 of 388)

· The Bucs, who have just played six games on Friday since the start of the 2018-19 season, are playing their first conference game on a Friday since Feb. 23, 2018 when ETSU hosted Wofford

· ETSU has made at least one three-pointer in 1,118 straight games – the fourth-longest streak in the country

ABOUT VMI

VMI enters Friday’s game with an overall record of 6-20 and league mark of 1-12
The Keydets have dropped 12 of their 13 road games this season with the lone win being a 75-69 victory over The Citadel on Feb. 2
VMI has four players scoring in double figures with Asher Woods pacing the group at 13.8 points per game … Woods also leads the Keydets in field goals made (125), and minutes per game (35.2)
Woods is one of five VMI players averaging over 25 minutes per game this season
Sean Conway leads the team with 58 made three-pointers as he’s averaging 12.7 points per contest
As a team, VMI is averaging 69.7 points per game and allowing 75.2 per contest

SERIES HISTORY

· ETSU leads the all-time series, 55-15

· The Bucs defeated VMI 64-50 back on New Year’s Eve in Lexington, Va. … Jalen Haynes finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and two blocks, while Brock Jancek (Knoxville, Tenn.), Jordan King and DeAnthony Tipler (Ashland, Miss.) accounted for 31 points off the bench

· ETSU has won 24 of the last 26 games in the series dating back to 1999

· The Bucs have won the last 12 meetings in Johnson City with the last setback coming on Jan. 2, 1999 when ETSU fell, 58-55

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