BOONE, N.C. -- The Tennessee Tech men's basketball team will
step out of Ohio Valley Conference play Saturday night when it
visits Appalachian State in an ESPNU BracketBuster game, which tips
off at 6 p.m. central in Boone, N.C.
Tech is coming off back-to-back overtime losses earlier in the week, falling at Tennessee State in double-overtime 109-102 on Feb. 15, and dropping a 77-72 overtime game at Austin Peay on Feb. 18.
The Golden Eagles are led by sophomore Kevin Murphy who is fifth in the OVC in scoring, averaging 15.1 points per game. Senior Frank Davis, who is 10th on the OVC’s all-time 3-pointers made list, is averaging 14.6 points per game for Tech, and is third in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 47.2 percent. Senior Elijah Muhammad is second in the OVC with 4.5 assists per game, and is also averaging 12.4 points for the Golden Eagles.
Appalachian State is led by Donald Sims, who is averaging 19.8 points per game this season. Isaac Butts is averaging 7.9 rebounds per game, and the Mountaineers are out-rebounding their opponents by 7.1 boards per game. The Mountaineers are coached by Buzz Peterson, who is in the first year of his second stint as the head coach at Appalachian State. Peterson led the Mountaineers to a 79-39 record, three Southern Conference championships and an NCAA Tournament appearance from 1996-2000. Peterson played his collegiate basketball at the University of North Carolina, and helped the Tar Heels to four ACC championships and a national championship from 1981-85.
Appalachian State owns a 3-2 record against Tech in the all-time series between the two programs. The Mountaineers and Golden Eagles faced each other in back-to-back seasons a few years back, playing at Tech in 2003-04 and at ASU in 2004-05, with the home team winning both contests.
The Golden Eagles are competing in the ESPNU BracketBuster series for the fifth consecutive year, and Tech is 1-3 in BracketBuster games. Tech’s first BracketBuster game was in 2006, when the Golden Eagles lost at Bradley, 77-62. In 2007, Tech defeated Northwestern (La.) State, 85-84, in overtime. In 2008, the Golden Eagles dropped an 88-80 contest at East Tennessee State and last year Tech fell at Ball State 59-55.
Fans can catch all the Golden Eagle action Saturday on Teamline and WHUB-AM 1400. The Golden Eagle women’s game at Austin Peay will air on WHUB beginning at 5:15 as well as Teamline via phone or internet. The men’s game can be heard in its entirety on Teamline, and WHUB will pick up the men’s game in progress at the conclusion of the women’s game.
Tech will return home for its season finale on Feb. 27 against Jacksonville State. The Golden Eagles and Gamecocks are currently in a tie for sixth place in the OVC, with the winner of that game clinching the No. 6 seed in the OVC tournament, and the loser dropping to the No. 7 seed.
For more information or to purchase tickets please visit or call the Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center at (931) 372-3940 or visit TTUsports.com.