Mocs Release Basketball Schedule With Opener on the Road Against Loyola Marymount
(gomocs.com) CHATTANOOGA (September 7) — The Chattanooga Mocs men’s basketball program and head coach Lamont Paris have announced the upcoming 2021-22 schedule which is set to begin November 9 on the road in Los Angeles, Calif., at West Coast Conference-member Loyola Marymount.
Full schedule information and details are below. Official game times will be announced at a later date.
Chattanooga will play 15 home games (six non-conference, nine in-conference) inside McKenzie Arena that opens on November 14 against Tennessee Tech. UTC hosts the non-conference likes of TTU, UNC Asheville (11/20), College of Charleston (11/27) and MTSU (12/22) in addition to non-DI opponents Covenant (11/23) and Tennessee Wesleyan (12/12).
The Mocs first road game following the California trip will be inside the famed Siegel Center on Saturday, November 20 against perennial mid-major power VCU. UTC takes in-state trips to TTU (11/30), Lipscomb (12/5) and Belmont (12/15) while visiting out-of-state opponents UNC Asheville (12/8) and Murray State (12/18).
SOUTHERN CONFERENCE SLATE
Chattanooga will open its run for a Southern Conference regular season title at home against rival ETSU on December 29 before consecutive road games at Mercer (1/1) and Wofford (1/5). The Mocs will play home games against The Citadel on January 8 and Furman on January 15 with a road trip to Western Carolina on January 12 sandwiched in the middle.
Four of the next five games will be away from McKenzie Arena which kicks off with back-to-back road contests at UNCG (1/20) and VMI (1/22). Wofford visits the Roundhouse on January 26 ahead of trips to The Citadel (1/29) and Samford (2/2).
Chattanooga closes the regular season SoCon slate with five of its final seven games at home. The lone road games will be at Furman on February 12 and ESTU on February 23. Home opponents and dates include Mercer (2/5), Western Carolina (2/9), UNCG (2/17), VMI (2/19) and Samford (2/26) in the finale.
SCHEDULE NOTES & NUMBERS
– Chattanooga will host NCAA Division III member College of Wooster (OH) in an exhibition game inside McKenzie on November 4… head coach Lamont Paris graduated from College of Wooster in 1996 following an all-conference playing career from 1993-96.
– 15 total home games… six non-conference and nine within the SoCon… non-conference DI opponents finished a combined 115-100 (.535) in 2020-21… VCU is the lone 2020-21 NCAA Tournament rep.
– The season-opening trip to LMU marks the first time UTC will compete in The Golden State since the 2007-08 season… competed in the Anaheim Classic in Anaheim, California.
Chattanooga returns a heavily experienced lineup to the floor in 2021-22 led by the all-conference backcourt duo of Malachi Smith and David Jean-Baptiste. Smith (16.8ppg) and Jean-Baptiste (16.1ppg) led the team in scoring last season and return to UTC after testing NBA Draft waters in the offseason.
The Mocs scored a pair of experienced graduate transfer additions ahead of the season in power forward Silvio De Sousa (Kansas) and center Avery Diggs (UCF). Adding to the experience are returners Darius Banks, A.J. Caldwell, KC Hankton, and Jamaal Walker, all who averaged more than 23.0 minutes per game last season.
Thurs., Nov. 4 College of Wooster (EXH)
Tues., Nov. 9 at Loyola Marymount University
Sun., Nov. 14 Tennessee Tech
Tues., Nov. 16 UNC Asheville
Sat., Nov. 20 at VCU
Tues., Nov. 23 Covenant
Sat., Nov. 27 College of Charleston (DH)%
Tues. Nov. 30 at Tennessee Tech
Sun., Dec. 5 at Lipscomb
Sat. Dec. 8 at UNC Asheville
Sun., Dec. 12 Tennessee Wesleyan
Wed., Dec. 15 at Belmont
Sat., Dec. 18 at Murray State
Wed., Dec. 22 MTSU
Wed., Dec. 29 ETSU*
Sat., Jan. 1 at Mercer*
Wed., Jan. 5 at Wofford*
Sat., Jan. 8 The Citadel*
Wed., Jan. 12 at Western Carolina*
Sat., Jan. 15 Furman*
Thurs., Jan. 20 at UNC Greensboro*
Sat., Jan. 22 at VMI*
Wed., Jan. 26 Wofford*
Sat., Jan. 29 at The Citadel*
Wed., Feb. 2 at Samford*
Sat., Feb. 5 Mercer (DH)*%
Wed., Feb. 9 Western Carolina*
Sat., Feb. 12 at Furman*
Thurs., Feb. 17 UNC Greensboro*
Sat., Feb. 19 VMI*
Wed., Feb. 23 at ETSU*
Sat., Feb. 26 Samford (DH)*%
*-SoCon Game; %-Doubleheader w/ WBB