Team preview: East Tennessee State

Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2005-06 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 31, 2005, 12:31 PM ET
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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)


A year after East Tennessee State coasted through the Southern Conference regular-season schedule with a 15-1 record and captured its second straight conference tournament title, the Buccaneers struggled mightily.

An early injury to Brad Nuckles (7.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg), a 6-9 center the Bucs were relying on heavily, set off a chain of misfortune that made their last year in the Southern Conference a forgettable one.

So this season is one of new beginnings, as ETSU joins the Atlantic Sun Conference and tries to make last year's lost season a distant memory. On paper, the Bucs seem to have the players to do just that.