Two teams that are still in the running for the fourth and final bye in the 2013 SoCon Men's Basketball Tournament
will battle as UT Chattanooga
travels to Western Carolina's Ramsey Center
on Thursday, February 28th, for their second and final meeting in the regular season.
won the first meeting in Chattanooga
back on January 19th at one of the most difficult locations in the Southern Conference
for the Catamounts
to win, McKenzie Arena -
by a final score of 90-81. (Read about that game here
While both teams need help from others to reach that elusive bye, a loss by either team in this game eliminates that team from the race. However, for the winner of this game, there remains hope that the other dominoes will fall into place, leading to the bye.
need to win this game, they need big-time assistance from their arch rival to accomplish their goal and set up a run at Samford
, the current holder of that bye.
So, what is the help the Cats
needs from Appalachian State
? Simply put, we need the Mountaineers
to beat Samford
on Thursday night, while we take care of Chattanooga
. If they don't accomplish that - and Samford
wins their game, all three remaining schools hoping for that bye, Western
, & UTC
are eliminated in this bye race. If the Bulldogs
win, they lock up the bye, regardless of what else happens in the Thursday and Saturday's games. Go Mountaineers!
comes to Cullowhee
having been on a very similar roller coaster ride that the Catamounts
have been on this season. The $64 thousand dollar question is - which Mocs
team will show up in the Ramsey Center
Will it be the Mocs
team that was blown out by UNCG
, 94-68 last Thursday or will it be the Mocs
team that upset Elon
, 72-68 just two days later? Hopefully the answer to that question lies in the Mocs' win/loss record on the road
has played a total of only 11 road games thus far this season, but, and this is a critical point, they have won only 3 of those games away from the somewhat friendly confines of McKenzie Arena
road game losses are where some of their largest margins of defeat occurred. The last road win for Chattanooga
came at The Citadel,
back on Jan 10, 2013.
Currently the Mocs
are 12-17 over all and 7-9 in SoCon
play. While the Mocs
are averaging 68.8 points per game placing them in 6th place in the SoCon
, - as a team, Chattanooga
is hitting only 67.1% at the free throw line, a very important stat if you are a Catamount
has two players currently scorning in double figures - Z. Mason
leads the team scoring with 14.3 ppg, and 7.3 rebounds per game, but is closely followed by Gee McGhee,
candidate for freshman of the year, with 12.4 ppg and 3.8 rebounds per game.
This should be a battle to the end, with so much ridding on the outcome for both teams.
Too close to call, but here's hoping the Ramsey Center
gives the Cats
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