Monday, February 15, 2021

Game #22 - Chattanooga Mocs

The Catamounts travel to Chattanooga on Wednesday, looking for their third conference win of the season in a location that the Cats have had very little success in winning basketball games. 

When: Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 7 pm 
Where: McKenzie Arena - Chattanooga, TN
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
-announcers: Gary Ayers, play by play - Daniel Hooker
TV/video: ESPN+
-announcers:  Chris Gofoth (PxP) & Todd Agne (analyst)
Fans allowed in games:  Capacity  The 2020-21 season will begin with a maximum capacity at McKenzie Arena of 1,000 fans for each home game.  To purchase tickets online for Men's Basketball, please click here

Official Athletic Site: GoMocs
Chattanooga Fan Site: Chattanooga Moc Nation Message Board

The Series: In a series that started in 1969, and the Cats & Mocs will play in the 97th meeting between the two schools. The Mocs hold a 67-29 win margin over the Cats. The Cats are 6-36 in games played in Chattanooga, but interestingly enough WCU has

Mark Prosser's record vs. the Mocs: 3-2

Chattanooga Head Coach: Lamont Paris
Lamont Paris' Record at Chattanooga: 58-61 / 4h season

Mocs' record this season (2020-21): 17-5 overall, 8-5 SoCon, 8-3 home, 9-2 away
Mocs' record last season (2019-20): 20-13 overall, 10-8 SoCon, 10-4 home, 7-8 away, 3-1 neutral

Game Notes:       Western Carolina         -                   Chattanooga

Key Returners: David Jean-Baptiste, Stefan Kenic, Trey Doomes, A.J. Caldwell
Key Losses: Ramon Vila, Matt Ryan, Rod Johnson, Maurice Commander
Key Newcomers: Mark Tikhonenko (Sam Houston State), Josh Ayeni (South Alabama)

The Cats travel to Chattanooga to play in one of the most difficult places for a Western Carolina basketball team to pick up a win, the McKenzie Arena, where the Cats have only won 6 times out of forty-two attempts. Currently, the Mocs are sitting in fifth place in the SoCon standings, and have won five straight games, including a win over the Cats back on February 3d. 

The Mocs are averaging 74.3 points per game, placing them in 8th place in the SoCon in scoring, and are giving up 69.8 points per game (5th in the SoCon). Chattanooga is hitting 44.8% of their field goals as a team, and 37% of their three-point attempts. The Mocs have four players scoring in double digits, led by David Jean-Baptist with 17.7 points, followed by Malachi Smith with 16.1 ppg, then Stefan Kenic with 12.9 ppg, and Darius Banks with 12.8 ppg. Malachi Smith also leads the team in rebounding with 9.5 rebounds.