UTC Hoops, Lunch and Santa at McKenzie Arena Today

UTC Men Host Reinhardt

Friday, December 21, 2012 - by B.B. Branton

It's John Shulman's version of Baseball's Businessman's Special.

The UTC men's basketball team and head coach John Shulman welcomes one and all for a long lunch break today at noon at McKenzie Arena as the Mocs host Reinhardt University (Waleska, Ga.).

Christmas Special on Tickets: UTC is offering lower level tickets for $10 along with a voucher for a free hot dog, popcorn and soft drink at the concession stands.  Santa Claus will arrive at halftime.

"There is a party every night the week leading up to Christmas, so in 2010 we decided to play a noon game a few days before Christmas," said Shulman. "The fans can take a break from shopping and work and come cheer on the Mocs and our players can head home after the game at a decent hour."

UTC is 2-8 and looking to snap a four-game losing streak, while Reinhart is 5-6.

Looking For Three Straight on Dec. 21: The Mocs won the previous two pre-Christmas games played at noon, beating Reinhardt, 107-48, on Dec. 21, 2010 and tripped Hiwassee, 95-41, on Dec. 21, 2011. 

Shulman is 7-0 on Dec. 21:  UTC coach John Shulman has an unblemished record (7-0) when playing games on Dec. 21 ... 6-0 at home and 1-0 on a neutral court - defeated Mount St. Mary's 85-74 (OT) on Dec. 21 to win the San Juan Shootout (Dec. 20-21, 2005).

Next Up For Mocs

Dr. Pepper Classic (Dec. 28-29): Chattanooga returns from Christmas break to host the Dr. Pepper Classic December 28-29 ... Austin Peay and Utah Valley square off in the opener at 4:30 p.m., followed by High Point and the Mocs at 7 ... The consolation game is at 4:30 p.m. on the 29th with the championship tilt at 7. It’s the 23rd edition of the holiday classic in Chattanooga.

 contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net

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