Mocs Basketball Schedule Includes Opener at Georgia and 15 Home Dates

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—Chattanooga Mocs first-year head coach Matt McCall announced the 2015-16 schedule Monday morning. There are 15 home dates including an exhibition game for the first time in several years.

“It can be a tricky process,” McCall noted. “I give our staff a lot of credit. This year’s schedule has a pretty good balance. It’s designed as we move forward to give us flexibility while also bringing exciting games for our home crowd.”

The 2015-16 slate starts on Friday, November 6, with an exhibition game against nearby Covenant College. It’s the first exhibition game since the 2009-10 season.

“You can go one of two ways,” McCall added. “You can have two preseason scrimmages or exhibition games or a mix. We are going with one of each this season to get some game experience before we start the season.”

It begins in earnest on the road November 13 at Georgia. Hiwassee is the home opener on the 16th, before the Mocs hit the trails for five straight. The swing starts with games at Illinois (Springfield, Ill.) and Iowa State before heading to Niceville, Fla., for the Emerald Coast Classic on Nov. 27 and 28.

UTC faces Alabama State in the first game, with Chicago State and Jacksonville State squaring in the other half of the bracket. The championship/consolation date is the next day. The Mocs then move on to Monroe, La., to take on ULM on the 30th.

Following final exams, Tennessee Wesleyan comes to the Scenic City for a Dec. 8 matchup. Then it’s back to the highway heading north to face Atlantic 10 power Dayton on the 11th. There are three home dates – Tennessee Tech (Dec. 15), Kennesaw State (Dec. 18) and Radford (Dec. 22) – before the Mocs close out the year and non-conference portion of the schedule at Lipscomb on Dec. 29.

The non-conference slate includes six post-season competitors from the 2014-15 season. Three – Georgia, Iowa State & Dayton – reached the NCAAs. Illinois made the NIT field, while ULM and Radford competed in the CBI with ULM reaching the title game.

“It’s a good schedule,” McCall added. “We have regional rivals in Tennessee Tech and Kennesaw State coming to town along with a good Big South program in Radford, as well as a close trip to Lipscomb and starting a series at ULM. Four games can be unbelievable experiences at Illinois, Iowa State, Georgia and Dayton.

“Another key is not starting SoCon play until January. It gives us two full months to get comfortable with who we are on the court before league games.”

Southern Conference play begins Jan. 2 at The Citadel. The 18-game, round-robin conference campaign rolls through January and February leading into March with a pivotal four-day SoCon Championship weekend in Asheville, N.C.

The Mocs return four starters including three that earned All-SoCon mention: Casey Jones (Coaches/Media 1st), Justin Tuoyo (Coaches/Media 2nd) and Greg Pryor (Media 3rd). That trio joins the likes of seniors Eric Robertson, Duke Ethridge and Alex Bran, juniors Chuck Ester and Tre’ McLean and sophomore K.J. Bates. There are seven newcomers with transfers Dee Oldham (UT Martin), Johnathon Burroughs-Cook (SW Tenn. CC) and Traevis Graham (Daytona State Coll.) balanced by freshmen Trey Kalina, ZaQwaun Matthews, Jackson White and Peyton Woods.

Chattanooga is coming off a 22-10 campaign with a 15-3 record, finishing in second-place in the SoCon. It was the first 20-win season since 2004-05 for the program, the 18th overall. The 27 SoCon wins (27-7 record) over the past two years matches Wofford for the league’s best over that span.

Date | Opponent | Series Record | Last Meeting

Nov. 6 | Covenant (Exb.) | 2-0 | Nov. 8, 2013, W, 119-56
Nov. 13 | @Georgia (NCAA T’ment) | 5-28 | Dec. 2, 2014, L, 55-86
Nov. 16 | Hiwassee | 5-0 | Nov. 14, 2014, W, 110-53
Nov. 21 | (1) Illinois (NIT) in Springfield, Ill. | 1-0 | March 16, 1997, W, 75-63
Nov. 23 | (1) @Iowa State (NCAA) | 1st Meeting | N/A
Nov. 27 | (1) vs. Alabama State (Niceville, Fla.) | 4-1 | Dec. 2, 1995, L, 66-69
Nov. 28 | (1) vs. Chicago State or Jacksonville State (Niceville, Fla.) | Championship or Consolation Contest
Nov. 30 | @ULM (CBI Runners-Up) | 1st Meeting | N/A
Dec. 8 | Tennessee Wesleyan | 44-18 | Dec. 29, 2008, W, 102-70
Dec. 12 | @Dayton (NCAA) | 2-8 | Jan. 16, 1978, L, 68-97
Dec. 15 | Tennessee Tech | 16-41 | Nov. 22, 2014, L, 67-69
Dec. 18 | Kennesaw State | 4-3 | Nov. 29, 2014, L, 69-77
Dec. 22 | Radford (CBI) | 1-1 | Nov. 11, 2013, L, 78-89
Dec. 29 | @Lipscomb | 10-17 | Dec. 29, 2014, W, 78-60
Jan. 2 | *@The Citadel | 59-16 | Jan. 31, 2015, W, 78-73
Jan. 5 | *Mercer | 29-34 | Feb. 19, 2015, W, 74-61
Jan. 9 | *@Furman | 52-26 | March 6, 2015, L, 67-69
Jan. 11 | *@Wofford | 19-13 | Feb. 12, 2015, W, 56-46
Jan. 14 | *Western Carolina | 61-23 | Feb. 7, 2015, L, 70-73
Jan. 16 | *ETSU | 44-33 | Feb. 21, 2015, W, 67-59
Jan. 21 | *@UNCG | 21-16 | Feb. 28, 2015, W, 61-58
Jan. 23 | *@VMI | 39-11 | Feb. 26, 2015, W, 86-82
Jan. 30 | *@Samford | 53-36 | Feb. 14, 2015, W, 79-72
Feb. 1 | *The Citadel | 59-16 | Jan. 31, 2015, W, 78-73
Feb. 4 | *Wofford | 19-13 | Feb. 12, 2015, W, 56-46
Feb. 6 | * Furman | 52-26 | March 6, 2015, L, 67-69
Feb. 8 | *@Mercer | 29-34 | Feb. 19, 2015, W, 74-61
Feb. 11 | *@Western Carolina | 61-23 | Feb. 7, 2015, L, 70-73
Feb. 13 | *@ETSU | 44-33 | Feb. 21, 2015, W, 67-59
Feb. 18 | *VMI | 39-11 | Feb. 26, 2015, W, 86-82
Feb. 20 | *UNCG | 21-16 | Feb. 28, 2015, W, 61-58
Feb. 27 | *Samford | 53-36 | Feb. 14, 2015, W, 79-72

March 4-7 – Southern Conference Championship – Asheville, N.C.

* SoCon Game | (1) Emerald Coast Classic; Campus Sites/Niceville, Fla.

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