SoCon Tourney Hoops: Mocs/Lady Mocs Play Today

Both Moc Teams Face Ga. Southern

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

The two University of Tennessee at Chattanooga basketball teams hope to send the Ga. Southern packing, permanently.

Today at the Southern Conference Basketball Championships in Asheville, N.C., the Lady Mocs (noon) and the Mocs (6 p.m.) take on the Statesvlle Ga.-based teams for the last time as Ga. Southern is leaving the Southern Conference at the end of this school year.

Both UTC teams have high seeds - Lady Mocs are No.1 and the Mocs are a No.2 seed - thus, had first round byes on Friday.

UTC Women's Basketball: Noon - No. 1 seeded Lady Mocs (26-3, 18-0) vs. Ga. Southern (10-20, 7-11)

Friday Results: No. 8 Ga. Southern def. No.9 Wofford, 75-62

UTC beat Ga. Southern, 69-60 and 72-60, earlier this season ...  UTC has won 22 in a row this season

SoCon Tourney History: UTC is defending conference champs ... has not won back-to-back titles since 2006-07-08 .... UTC is 48-16 overall in tournament play and 23-8 in opening games ... UTC has won 15 SoCon tourney titles ...

Coach Jim Foster and Viet Nam: Did You Know that coach Foster served two tours of duty so his younger brother, John, would not have to go to Viet Nam ..."He was in the infantry, so there was a real good chance he would be on the front lines in the rice paddies, said coach Foster ... We had some morter fire where we were, but was not in the heat of the battle.

G.I. Bill: "I wanted to go to college, but my parents did not have the money," said coach Foster, a 1980 Temple Univ. grad. "I knew that the G.I. Bill would pay for college, so I enlisted after graduating from college in 1966."  

Taylor Hall - All A's:  The UTC senior who carries a 3.6 GPA made all A's from 1st - 12th grades ...

Player of the Year: Earlier this week, she was selected as SoCon Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year

UTC Men's Basketball: 6 p.m. - No.2 UTC ( 18-13, 12-4) vs. No. 7 Ga. Southern (15-18, 6-10)

Friday Results: No. 7 Ga. Southern defeated No.10 Samford, 65-50 

UTC vs. Ga. Southern ... This Year ... Ga. Southern beat UTC, 77-61 in Chattanooga, Feb. 20 ...

 The Mocs are 30-20 all-time against the Eagles and 5-1 in the SoCon Tournament.

- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in rebounding (37.4), rebound margin (+1.9) and blocks (5.1) and second in scoring.

Chattanooga’s 12-4 (.750) SoCon mark is the best winning percentage since 11-3 (.786) in 1996-97. First time with 12 wins since going 12-6 in 2010-11. It’s the 11th season with 12 or more regular-season wins.

SoCon Tourney RecordThe Mocs are 52-26 (.667) in the SoCon Tournament with 10 titles, the best record among current membership. That includes an 8-1 mark at home, 0-3 away and 44-22 on a neutral floor. In Asheville, Chattanooga is 21-10 with four championships.

Coach of the Year: UTC's Will Wade was voted SoCon coach of the year by the media

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


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