Shulman, UTC vs. The Driesells

Mocs at The Citadel Tonight

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

Chattanooga men’s basketball coach John Shulman takes his Mocs on the road (Charleston, S.C.) tonight against a familiar foe in The Citadel and a coach with a nationally-recognized last name.

Tonight, it’s Shulman v. Chuck Driesell with one win each in their short rivalry, but the UTC coach has also done X’s and O’s battles with the dad, hall of famer Lefty Driesell.

Tonight, the Mocs (6-9, 1-1) look for their fifth win in six games and Shulman hopes to go 9-2 overall against the Bulldogs in nine seasons.

While the Mocs have turned it around – 4-1 since a 2-8 start – the Bulldogs (3-9, 0-2) need a win for the first time since mid-November.

“The Citadel is a real tough place to play as they run a very deliberate style offense and the cadets are right on top of you yelling for 40 minutes,” said Shulman who is 4-1 in McAllister Field House.

“Playing at The Citadel is like going through root canal surgery. It’s no fun.”

While Shulman and Chuck Driesell are 1-1, Shulman has the upper hand on Lefty, who coached four schools in the NCAA tournament and is the only coach to win 100 games at four different schools (Davidson Maryland, James Madison and Georgia State).

As an assistant at East Tennessee State in the early 1990s, Shulman and the Bucs edged the elder Driesell and James Madison, 68-65 and 110-90, in back-to-back years.

A decade later, Shulman – then an assistant coach to Jeff Lebo and a year from the duo coming to UTC – helped Tenn. Tech to a 64-62 first round National Invitational Tournament win in 2002 against Lefty who was then in his next to last year as head coach at Georgia State.

Coach Driesell does have a pair of NCAA tournament wins against UTC in 1981 and 1983 during the Mocs Murray Arnold Era, while Shulman was developing his basketball skills as a young player in his hometown of Johnson City, Tenn.

 Tonight: UTC (6-9, 1-1) vs. The Citadel (3-9, 0-2)

Coaches UTC, John Shulman (138-136) … The Citadel, Chuck Driesell (19-55 at The Citadel, 107-127 overall)

McAllister Fieldhouse, Charleston, S.C.  … 7:05 p.m. … ESPN The Zone, 105.1 FM

 

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


Hickman Wins At North Georgia Speedway; Ownbey's Bad Crash Destroys Race Car

Ooltewah's Riley Hickman picked up the Super Late Model win Saturday night as North Georgia Speedway kicked off the second half of their 2016 season after a long two-month-plus break in racing action. Hickman's # R1 "American Billet, Hickman Manufacturing, Austin Trucking, RH Designs, Competition Racing Equipment, Mayo Racing Components, Tucker Mobile Homes" sponsored CVR ... (click for more)

Lookouts Keep Rolling With 3-1 Win Over M-Braves Saturday

Edgar Corcino and the Lookouts pitching staff combined to send Chattanooga fans home happy on Fan Appreciation Night with a 3-1 win over the Mississippi Braves.  Corcino tripled in two runs to start the scoring in home half of the fourth Saturday. Ryan Walker and Travis Harrison came home to score on the big hit and gave the Lookouts a lead they would hold the rest of the ... (click for more)

Family Forced From Home After Storm Blows Tree Down

As a severe thunderstorm blew through the Chattanooga area Sunday afternoon, high winds knocked down a large tree onto a house around  4 p.m.  at 1105 E. 13th Street. Captain David Thompson, Jr. said no one was injured, but the damage was severe enough that the family would have to stay elsewhere  tonight . Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Southeast ... (click for more)

Michael Wilson Back In Bradley County; Due In Court On Monday

Michael Wilson is back in Bradley County, and was escorted into the Correctional Facility around 8:15 p.m. Wilson’s first appearance in court will be on Monday, at 9 a.m. in the Bradley County General Sessions Courtroom at the Judicial Complex at 2290 Blythe Ave. Wilson was arrested last week, after e ndangered Bradley County child Skyla Wilson was found safe in Colorado ... (click for more)

Pedestrians Have The Right Of Way - And Response (3)

Often I visit Gold's Gym at Chestnut and 4th Street. I  park in the theater parking lot at Broad and 4th Street.  I depend on the walk signs to get me there safely.  Most days I almost get hit by someone turning left or right coming from the exit ramp off 27 or turning right on 4th street from Chestnut. This happened yesterday as I was almost mowed down by a garbage ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Girls - ‘I Can And I Will’

Every night after the Rodriguez girls went to sleep not that long ago in a grim, rat-infested basement apartment on Chicago’s South Side, their father – a boxing referee who came to America from Puerto Rico -- would kneel beside the girls’ bed and whisper in each child’s ear. Their parents made them sleep hot-dog style, tightly wrapped in the same sheet and pressed together to protect ... (click for more)