UTC Men's Basketball Purpose-Driven Road Trip

Mocs are at Western Carolina Tonight

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

Last Friday Chattanooga men’s basketball assistant coach Casey Long believed the UTC players needed to re-focus their efforts.

Less than 24 hours after the team’s embarrassing , uninspired, 94-68, home loss to UNC-Greensboro last Thursday night, coach Long preached about why the players are here and what they are playing for.

“I reminded them that this program has a rich tradition of winning and that they owe it to the coaches and those who have come before them to play with a purpose, a passion and sense of urgency,” said the first year assistant coach.

The Mocs took those words to heart and to the court as they played an inspired brand of basketball Saturday night in an impressive 72-68 triumph against Northern Division leader Elon.

“I told them that when I played here for coach John Shulman our number one focus and goal was to win the conference and make the NCAA tournament which we did my sophomore year in 2005,” Long stated.

Mocs at Western Carolina: The Mocs (7-9) must carry that same purpose and intensity from last week into tonight’s road game (7 p.m. 105.1 FM ESPN The Zone) at Western Carolina (8-8) where they have not won since Feb. 12, 2007.

Battling for a Tourney Bye: UTC and Catamounts are two of four teams fighting for the fourth and final first round bye in next week’s Southern Conference tournament.

Samford (9-7) needs one win secure the spot and is at Appalachian State (8-8) tonight, while UTC and W.C. go at it in Cullowhee, N.C.

For the Mocs to have a chance at the bye, they have to win both games this weekend (at App State on Saturday), Samford has to lose twice, thus giving App State and Western Carolina a two-game split and all four teams would be finish at 9-9. In that scenario, UTC would have swept the series with Samford and App. State and split with Western Carolina.

The Last Time …:  It’s been 20 years since UTC has won road games at App State and Western Carolina in the same season (1992-93) … ironically, that season, UTC won the SoCon title in Asheville, N.C.  where next week’s tournament will be played.

Coach Long Knows Road Wins: Coach Long was the Mocs starting point guard the last time UTC won at App. State (Jan. 2006) and Western Carolina(Feb. 2007).

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


GPS Head Of School Dr. Graves Profiled In #SheBelieves Campaign

GPS Head of School Dr. Autumn Graves is officially a part of the U.S Women's National Team's #SheBelieves campaign. Before the World Cup soccer champions defeated Costa Rica in front of a record crowd of 20,535 at Finley Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 19, Dr. Graves met with USWNT midfielder Heather O'Reilly and hosted a photographer and director of communications from the U.S. Soccer ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: The Ball Is In Your Court

To the Hamilton County Board of Education: The ball is now in your court. You know which ball I'm talking about. The proverbial football that has been kicked and bounced all over East Ridge. It's finally been placed in your court because the stadium where the Pioneers have played their home football games for the last 50 years has been condemned. Other than a few coats of orange ... (click for more)

Hutcheson Medical Center Seeking Court Approval To Sell Trenton Family Practice For $350,000

Hutcheson Medical Center, continuing to make cost-cutting measures, is seeking court approval to sell the Trenton Family Practice at Trenton, Ga., for $350,000. Ted Rumley, county executive for Dade County, said the medical center is so important for the county that officials have arranged for the Dade County Industrial Development Authority to buy it. He said arrangements ... (click for more)

Sheriff Hammond Says Chattanooga Shooting Was Illustration Of "Islam Terrorism"

"Communism with a god.” That’s how Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond sees Islam.   He also said Muslims are aiming to overtake Tennessee. He said, "They want Tennessee. They are building mosques as fast as they can."    In an address to the Pachyderm Club on Monday, Sheriff Hammond spoke again to the community on the effects of radical ... (click for more)

DWT Is DUI - And Response

A routine narrative of a DUI arrest report goes something like this:   The defendant was operating a motor vehicle in the 00 block of sonsoroad. The driver was weaving back and forth across the marked roadway. The defendant drove through a stop sign. Was stopped at an intersection despite the traffic light was green. Entered the lane of another vehicle and caused a ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UT’s Gender-Neutral Dopes

With due apology to Smokey, the University of Tennessee’s famed blue-tick hound, the tail is wagging the dog at UT-Knoxville. Donna Braquet, the director of the university’s Pride Center, wants to suck 99.9 percent of the 28,000 students into a ridiculous scheme that will make the campus “welcoming and inclusive for all” … .01 percent. Her idea is to do away with binary gender ... (click for more)