JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- The East Tennessee State Buccaneers have waited for more than a week to learn who and where they play in the NCAA tournament. Well, the two-time Atlantic Sun Conference tournament champs earned a doozy.
Second-ranked Kentucky with a No. 16 seed in the East Region on Thursday in New Orleans.
This is the Bucs' ninth all-time trip to the NCAA tournament.
It was a challenging season for coach Murry Bartow.
He had to deal with the death of rising sophomore Seth Coy in a car accident last July. The 6-foot-11 Coy, 19, was killed when his car hydroplaned on a wet highway and flipped. He played in 24 games as a freshman, averaging 2.9 points. Key scorer Mike Smith also was hurt, but the Bucs went 20-14.
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