Game Notes: Southeast Missouri at Chattanooga, Sunday

Saturday, November 17, 2012
2012-13 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Southeast Missouri (2-1) at CHATTANOOGA (1-1)
Game 3 | Nov. 18, 2012 | 3 p.m. | McKenzie Arena (10,928)
 

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NEXT UP
It’s three games in three days for Chattanooga hosting the Chattanooga Sub-Regional of the CBE Classic. Louisiana Tech, Southeast Missouri and Troy square off in a round-robin November 18-20 in McKenzie Arena. The Mocs face SEMO on Sunday at 3 p.m., followed by Troy (Monday, 7 p.m.) and then La. Tech (Tuesday, 7 p.m.).
 

OPENING TIPS
- The Chattanooga Sub-Regional of the CBE Classic features Chattanooga, Southeast Missouri, Louisiana Tech and Troy in a three-day, round robin event.

- The Mocs are 93-46 (.669) in in-season tournament play winning 32 such events, five at away sites. This does not

include preliminary rounds such as the game at Kansas..

- This is the first meeting ever with Southeast Missouri. SEMO is one of three possible Ohio Valley Conference foes in 2012-13. Eastern Kentucky comes to McKenzie Arena on December 8. Austin Peay is in the Dr Pepper Classic and is a possible second-day matchup.

- This is the first UTC roster since well before the move to DI (1977-78) to not have a single junior college transfer on its roster. See expanded note on page two (New Path) of game notes.

- Chattanooga provided a scare to No. 7 Kansas in Phog Allen Fieldhouse. It led by 12 in both halves and its eight-point halftime lead is the largest non-conference home deficit since 2005.

- Freshman Farad Cobb (West Palm Beach, Fla.) provided the spark off the bench at KU. He scored 18 of his 21 points on six three-pointers hit in the first half. Three of his treys caused 30-second timeouts from Bill Self. In fact, the Mocs first half play caused the Jayhawks to use all four 30-second TO’s. Cobb ended up with a team-high 21 points.

- Cobb posted a freshman record for the second straight game with seven three-pointers made at KU. His six steals against Tennessee Temple in the opener was a new standard as well.

- HIs 21 points was the first 20-point night for a Mocs frosh since Josh Odem’s at Georgia Southern on January 6, 2010.

- Former Mocs Head Coach Ron Shumate is scheduled to be in attendance at Sunday’s game. He headed the Mocs from 1973-79 (7 seasons) with a 139-61 record (695). His UTC squads won the 1977 NCAA Division II Championship and were runners-up in 1976. His program also reached the No. 1 ranking in the country in 1974. He ushered the program into the DI era. He also led Southeast Missouri for 16 years (1981-1997) going 306-171 (.642) and coincidentally bridged the DII to DI gap there was well. His career collegiate mark is 445-232 (.657) in 23 campaigns.


OVC HISTORY
The Mocs have a long history of matchups with the Ohio Valley Conference. There are two scheduled matchups this year (SE Missouri, Eastern Kentucky) with another possible (Austin Peay) on the second day of the Dr Pepper Classic.

- UTC is 80-76 vs. current OVC opponents.

- Shulman is 7-5 against OVC squads.

 
SCOUTING SEMO

- Southeast Missouri is 2-1 on the season. It’s 2-0 at home, 0-1 on the road.

- The Red Hawks and Mocs have one common opponent...Kansas. SEMO lost 74-55 at KU on Nov. 9.

- Head Coach Dickey Nutt is in his fourth season at Southeast Missouri. He has a 34-62 record there, 192-191 overall in 17 years. Nutt led Arkansas State for 13 campaigns with an even slate, 190-190.

- Tyler Stone leads SEMO averaging 17.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while Nino Johnson adds a double-double with 15.3 and 11.0 boards per contest.

- The Red Hawks are shooting 44.0 percent from the field, 25.0 percent (13-52) from beyond the arc and 51.5 percent (68-132) inside it.

- SEMO has limited opponents to 33.9 percent shooting, a mere 20.6 percent from three-point range.


MURRAY ARNOLD       
The Chattanooga Mocs lost a legend on Nov. 14, 2012 as former Head Coach Murray Arnold passed away in Florida. He laid the DI championship foundation coaching for six years, 1980-85, with a 135-46 record. He coached collegiately at four institutions (Birmingham Southern, Western Kentucky and Stetson) amassing a 420-229 mark in 22 seasons. The Mocs captured four SoCon Championships in six UTC campaigns advancing to three NCAA Tournaments and two NITs reaching the Elite 8 (NIT) in 1985 and narrowly missing the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1982.


FOR STARTERS
When is the last time Chattanooga had two freshmen in the opening night starting lineup? Well not once on record in the DI era (1977-78 to present).

- Josh Odem (2010) is the last freshman to get the nod on opening night (11/13/09 vs. Virginia Intermont). As previously noted, Odem in 2009 is the last freshman to start on opening night for the Mocs.

- That same game is the last time Chattanooga had as many first-time starters as this season. Keegan Bell (2010-12), Ridge McKeither (2010), Odem and Ricky Taylor (2009-12) each made their first start against Virginia Intermont on November 13, 2009. McKeither and Odem made their collegiate debuts.


NEW PATH
For the first time on record, the Chattanooga Mocs do not have a single junior college transfer on its roster. Those roster records go back 40 seasons. UTC made a commitment to the overall health of its program academically and socially to just sign freshman with an eye toward building a strong APR and better engage the community with student-athletes invested in the Chattanooga way.

 
SEASON NOTES
- Chattanooga made a school record 23 steals including six from Cobb. Those six marked a new freshman record best the previous high of four which was held by seven student-athletes. Among them are teammate Ronrico White and assistant coach Casey Long (2004-07).

- UTC returned just one starter (Drazen Zlovaric) and eight of 13 letterwinners.  It graduated 53.7% of its points, 42.5% of its rebounds, 73.7% of its assists and 54.5% of its minutes. Also gone are 57.3% of the Mocs shot attempts, 78.6% from three-point range. The departed shot 37.5% (398-1060) from the floor and 33.1% (188-568) beyond the arc, while the returners made 46.5% (367-789) from the field and 33.5% (52-155) from deep.


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