As season nears, men’s hoops hosts Holding Court 6

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A great crowd of supporters made their way to the ETSU Athletics Center on Tuesday night to show their support of the Buccaneers’ men’s basketball program by taking part in Holding Court 6 Pasta and Practice with Mark Adams.

            The event featured an open team practice during dinner (hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine included), special auction items, and a question/answer session with both ETSU head coach Steve Forbes and basketball analyst/scheduling expert Mark Adams. With a presentation that focused on the current climate surrounding mid-major basketball, Adams talked about what it takes to build a program into a national contender and the state of scheduling in the college game.

            The Bucs, who will play an exhibition game against Southern Wesleyan on Friday night at 7 p.m. inside Freedom Hall, are preparing to open their season on Nov. 6 with a road trip to defending Sun Belt Conference champion Georgia State.

            Adams’ connection to the ETSU program was announced earlier this year when Forbes confirmed that the Buccaneers had joined a new, innovative college basketball scheduling alliance for the 2019-20 season. The Alliance, which is the brainchild of Adams, will be a consortium of “like-minded” mid-major programs from multiple conferences for the 2019-20 season, with plans to expand that presence further in the years to come.

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