JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – The East Tennessee State University campus is buzzing as students returned to class for the first time on Monday since spring break and the big announcement that the Bucs will face the Florida Gators.
The excitement on campus bubbling over in almost every student News Channel 11 spoke with.
One day after learning they would face Florida in the first round of the NCAA Championship, the Bucs are already hard at work warming up for practice ahead of Thursday’s game.
“It’s great to see The Bucs be able to get out there and play win, it’s pretty awesome,” Hannah Gossett said.
After winning the SOCON Championship in Asheville, the ETSU Men’s basketball team is now hoping to survive and advance to the Final Four.
“I’m sure a lot of people are thinking Florida, but Florida has a couple of key players down, from what I hear. So that gives the Bucs a competitive edge,” Thomas Stovall said.
Another edge, will be student fan support. Mountain States Health Alliance is sponsoring a free charter bus to get students to the game, however, there will only be 50 student tickets.
Those will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.
“We want the students to be a part of this, it’s an exciting time at ETSU and we want to make sure we get as many students as we can to Orlando to cheer on the Bucs as we beat the Gators,” said Assistant Vice President of Student Services Sam Mayhew.
Students will be responsible for a hotel. It’s a price some say is worth paying to support the home team and to be part of history.
50fifty Sports Tavern will open early Thursday to host a watch party for the East Tennessee State University basketball game. 50fifty tells us it will open at 1 o’clock Thursday for fans of the blue and gold to cheer the Bucs on to victory as they do battle against the Florida Gators. Tip-off is set for approximately 3:10 p.m.