Thursday, August 02, 2012
- by B.B. Branton
An attractive 18-home game schedule, plus road trips to NCAA runner-up Kansas, LSU and Georgia Tech highlight the 2012-13 Chattanooga men’s basketball schedule.
“I am excited about the upcoming season and with 18 home games that’s great for our young players and our fans,” said UTC coach John Shulman.
The Mocs open the season with Tennessee Temple (Nov.12), quickly fly to Kansas to play the NCAA runner-up Jayhawks (Nov. 15) and then home (Nov.18-20) for three more against Southeast Missouri State, Troy State and Louisiana Tech.
UTC plays eight of its first 11 contests at home before Christmas, followed by two more home games in late December with the Dr. Pepper Classic (Dec. 28-29) at McKenzie Arena.
The Southern Conference opener is also at home as the Mocs face defending conference champion Davidson (Sat. Dec. 1).
“We are ready to redeem ourselves from last season (11-22), our players have worked hard during the summer and are very focused on what need to be done to win,” Shulman stated.
“We have left all that negativity from last season behind us and are ready to move forward.”
Shulman knows the importance of a good year in this his ninth season as Mocs head coach.
“We did a poor job last year and are asking for the fans to give us another shot,” said Shulman. “We will earn back your trust and the players and coaches are excited about the upcoming season.’”
Mocs fans will get their first look at the Mocs on Nov.6 with the Blue-Gold game with a 7 p.m. tip-off.
Shulman on the Schedule
From historic Allen Fieldhouse in Kansas to the House Pete (Maravich) Built at LSU and a game in Atlanta with Georgia Tech, the Mocs have a top level non-conference D-I schedule.
“It’s great to be able to one year play the eventual national champions in Kentucky, followed by a trip to NCAA runner-up Kansas and play in such a great arena as Allen Fieldhouse,” Shulman stated.
“Two of our freshman – Casey Jones (New Orleans) and Gee McGhee (Baton Rouge) are from Louisiana so this is a great trip for them to be able to play at LSU.”
LSU on a Tuesday Night: Junior Z Mason looks forward to playing at LSU in basketball on a Tuesday night and has also played football in Baton Rouge on a Saturday night in 2010 .. As a tight end for Ole Miss, the Rebs lost to No.5 LSU 43-36 berfore 92,000+ fans.
"The crowd was really into the game and it was so loud in Tiger Stadium," said Mason who trasnferred to UTC after the 2010-11 season.
Mason had his right knee scoped in May and is now about 75% healthy.
"We have to get over the hump and win the close games this year after coming up short in the close ones last season."
“I think we made a good 3-for-1 trade in playing at Kansas in exchange for three straight home games (Nov. 18-20) with Southeast Missouri, Troy State and Louisiana Tech (WAC runner-up) as part of the CBE Classic.”
SoCon Opener- Dec. 1
“Having defending champs Davidson (25-7) at home to open the conference schedule is important and should draw a good crowd.”
Three More at Home Before Christmas
“Eastern Kentucky is here on Dec.8 and then we host a real tough Mercer squad (Dec. 16) who was 27-11 and has four of five starters returning, followed by a noon game with Reinhardt on Dec. 21 before taking a short break for Christmas.”
Dr. Pepper Classic (Dec. 28-29)
“We face High Point (N.C.) in the opener and then either Utah Valley State who played here last year or Austin Peay on the second night.”
The Mocs are on the road for six of eight games in January, including at Georgia Tech (Jan.2). SoCon home games are with Appalachian State (Jan.17) and Western Carolina (Jan. 19).
In February, the Mocs are home for six of 10 SoCon games.
SoCon Championship; March 8-11 in Asheville, N.C.
Shulman's Recovery: Coach John Shulman suffered a broken right jaw on July 5 when he was hit at a youth baseball tournament in Lookout Valley when two players were playing catch and an overthrown ball hit Shulman... he has his jaw wired shut, but says everything happens for a reason.
"All in all, it has been a really good month ... I have lost 16-17 pounds ... I don't yell at the players ... the ball could have hit my son ... a few inches higher and the ball strikes me in the temple or the eye ...
"This last month has been a time to think, listen, shut up and reflect."
Shulman visits the doctor on Friday and could have wires taken out next week.
Chattanooga Men’s Basketball
Date Opponent Site Time (ET)
NOV. 6 Blue-Gold Game McKenzie Arena 7 p.m.
Nov. 12 Tennessee Temple McKenzie Arena 7 p.m.
Nov. 15 (1) Kansas Lawrence, Kan., TBA
Nov. 18-20 CBE Classic Chattanooga Reg. McKenzie Arena (all TBA times)
18 (1) Southeast Missouri
18 (1) Louisiana Tech vs. Troy
19 (1) Louisiana Tech vs. Southeast Missouri
19 (1) Troy
20 (1) Southeast Missouri vs. Troy
20 (1) Louisiana Tech
Nov. 24 @Kennesaw State Kennesaw, Ga. TBA
Dec. 1 *Davidson (DH) McKenzie Arena 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 8 Eastern Kentucky McKenzie Arena 7 p.m.
Dec. 11 @LSU Baton Rouge, La. TBA
Dec. 16 Mercer McKenzie Arena TBA
Dec. 21 Reinhardt McKenzie Arena Noon
Dec. 28-29 DR PEPPER CLASSIC McKenzie Arena 4:30/7 p.m.
28 Austin Peay vs. Utah Valley State, 4:30 p.m.
28 High Point 7 p.m.
29 Consolation Game 4:30 p.m.
29 Championship Game 7 p.m.
Jan. 2 @Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga. TBA
Jan. 5 *@Samford Birmingham, Ala. TBA
Jan. 10 *@The Citadel Charleston, S.C. TBA
Jan. 12 *@College of Charleston Charleston, S.C. TBA
Jan. 17 *Appalachian State McKenzie Arena 7 p.m.
Jan. 19 *Western Carolina McKenzie Arena 7 p.m.
Jan. 24 *@Elon Elon, N.C. TBA
Jan. 26 *@UNCG Greensboro, N.C. TBA
Feb. 2 *@Georgia Southern Statesboro, Ga. TBA
Feb. 7 *The Citadel McKenzie Arena 7 p.m.
Feb. 9 *College of Charleston (DH) McKenzie Arena 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11 *Samford (DH) McKenzie Arena 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 14 *Furman McKenzie Arena 7 p.m.
Feb. 16 *@Wofford Spartanburg, S.C. TBA
Feb. 21 *UNCG McKenzie Arena 7 p.m.
Feb. 23 *Elon (DH) McKenzie Arena 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 28 *@Western Carolina Cullowhee, N.C. TBA
March 2 *@Appalachian State (DH-Lady Mocs) Boone, N.C.
March 8-11 Southern Conference Championship Asheville, N.C.
March 19-20 First Four Dayton, Ohio
March 21-24 NCAA Second/Third Rounds
March 28-31 NCAA Regional Finals
Apr. 6-8 NCAA Final Four Atlanta, Ga.
(1) CBE Classic; Campus Sites/Chattanooga, Tenn.
(2) Dr Pepper Classic; Chattanooga, Tenn.
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