The Chattanooga Mocs returns to McKenzie Arena for a Wednesday night Southern Conference showdown with The Citadel. Tipoff is at 7 p.m., against the top scoring ream in the nation.
The Citadel, 9-9 overall and 2-3 in league play, averages 97.2 points per game which is just ahead of Kentucky (94.
2) and UCLA (92.8). The Bulldogs are also top 10 in 3pt made per game (2nd, 12.7), steals (5th, 10.2) and assists (10th, 18.3).
The Mocs are coming off a weekend sweep of Wofford (77-66) and Furman (80-64). They’re 12-4 overall, 3-1 in the SoCon tied for second just a half-game behind leader ETSU (3-0). UTC has won 27 of its 28 home games.
The Citadel (9-9/2-3) at Chattanooga (12-4/3-1) – 7 p.m. – WatchESPN (ESPN3)
5 Notes to Know
Ø Won last 17 games when holding an opponent to less than 70 including 10 this season (16 contests).
Ø Five teams are separated by a mere half-game atop the Southern Conference standings. ETSU leads at 3-0 followed closely by Chattanooga, Furman, Samford and UNCG at 3-1.
Ø Senior Justin Tuoyo has as many or more blocks (58) than 207 DI TEAMS.
Ø Senior Tre’ McLean averages over last 11 games: 16.5 points and 2.1 steals per game during that stretch shooting 50.8 percent (61-120) from the field, 45.5 percent (20-44) from 3pt range and 84.8 percent (39-46) at the FT line.
Ø The 16-point win over Furman Saturday was the largest loss of the season for the Paladins. The previous high was six at Michigan (62-68) and at Georgia (78-84). Largest margin of defeat since a 20-point (50-70) deficit at Dayton on Dec. 19, 2015.
Matt McCall on…
Matchup vs. The Citadel:
“Very difficult team to prepare for from the standpoint of how they play. They’re not like any other team we play all year offensively and defensively. You have to be extremely disciplined. What they try to do is completely take you out of everything you try to do. They want you to be undisciplined and fall into that trap…you have to play clean and not sloppy.”
Which is the bigger challenge staying disciplined offensively or defensively:
“It’s both. You’ve got to be able to face up on every catch, understand where traps are coming from and not put each other on an island. Defensively, they do an unbelievable job of penetrating and kicking out for open 3s. Our discipline defensively guarding the ball, trying to stay out of rotations will be big as well.”
Ø 78th meeting with The Citadel.
Ø UTC leads the series 61-16 (31-6 in Chattanooga).
Ø 57-13 in regular season SoCon matchups.
Ø Won seven straight and 19 of the past 21.
Ø 8-2 in the last 10 matchups.
Ø McCall is 2-0 vs. the Bulldogs…1-0 in Chattanooga.
Ø Last year’s games: Home | Away
Stat to Follow
The Citadel is No. 1 in the country in scoring averaging 97.2 points per game. The last SoCon opponent to exceed 90 points in regulation in the Roundhouse? UNCG (96) on Feb. 21, 2013.
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