Tray Boyd III. Bo Hodges. Daivien Williamson. Patrick Good. Jeromy Rodriguez. Damari Monsanto. Octavion Corley. Isaiah Trisdale. Joe Hugley. Vonnie Patterson. Jordan Coffin. Lucas N’Guessan. Charlie Weber. The aforementioned names were part of the 2019-2020 ETSU Buccaneers who won the regular season Southern Conference and tournament basketball championships. With the recent cancellation of the NCAA tournament due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Bucs were denied a chance to show the basketball world what they could have accomplished. Led by coach Steve Forbes, and with a school setting record of 30-4, they could have certainly shocked the world of college basketball. Despite the heartbreaking loss of the NCAA tournament, the team will always be champions and will forever be remembered as one of the best team ever at ETSU. The amazing season was filled with thrills thanks to these tough group of Bucs. Highlights included giving top ranked Kansas all they could handle before falling to the Jayhawks 75-63, in a game that was much closer than the final score, and a romping of LSU in Baton Rouge by the score of 74-63 in a game that wasn’t as close at the score appears. If you didn’t think the Bucs were the real thing after the close loss to Kansas, the win over LSU proved otherwise. Not only will fans cherish that win over the Tigers, but thrilling home victories over Wofford on New Years Day, the trouncing of UNCG by 82-65, and two wins over rival Chattanooga. The success of the Bucs lead to a massive showdown on February 19th at home against Furman, who had defeated ETSU on January 4th, for first place in the conference. The sellout crowd in Freedom Hall celebrated a Buc victory over the Paladins by the score of 75-66, leaving the Bucs in first place with the other conference teams looking up. Tough road victories followed at Samford and Wofford, leading up to the home finale against Western Carolina for the regular season championship on the line. I, along with many other fans, will never forget this game. The Bucs began hot, cooled off, and trailed most of the second half. We were all worried the outright regular season championship might be slipping away, but then came Patrick Good. The redshirt Junior from Johnson City became a one man bomber of 3 pointers and was able to get Bucs back in the game. The “supernatural” performance was one for the ages and led to a 68-67 ETSU victory and the regular season championship. I was at the game with WCU, and I will never forget witnessing this amazing comeback. Freedom Hall went absolutely bonkers in the final seconds of the game after cheering loudly for the Bucs to make a comeback. I, for one, was jumping up and down and screaming during this game for the ages. If you were at the game I’m sure you agree this is one that will never be forgotten. The Bucs rolled into Asheville, NC, on March 7th as the #1 seed on a mission. The team wanted to punch their ticket to the NCAA tournament and not wait on a possible at-large bid. In the tournament they defeated VMI 70-57, shellacked Western Carolina 97-75 and finally defeated Wofford in the championship game 72-58. The post game celebration before a sold out crowd was joyous for Buc fans, and provided the team their 30th win of the season. Only Gonzaga won more games, 31, and San Diego State and Liberty won 30. So the 30 win club for the 2019-20 season was small. All of the above is why it’s truly sad ETSU, along with other teams will not have the chance to show their talents in the NCAA tournament. The seniors who led this team, Boyd III, Tisdale, Hugley, N’Guessan, and Rodriguez, will always be remember as true leads and as special men on and off the court. The unselfish and tight nit Buccaneers proved if you work as a group and want the best for the team your reach is limitless. Here is to the 2019-2020 ETSU basketball Buccaneers, true champions on and off the court, and a team that will be remembered forever. When the season ended Coach Forbes left and new coach Jason Shay took over the Buccaneer ship. Here’s to Shay leading the team on new adventures for 2020-21. Go Bucks!