Chattanooga (1-1) vs. Southeast Missouri State (2-1)
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m. ET
McKenzie Arena (10,928) . Chattanooga, Tenn.
Radio: ESPN 105.1 FM
Series Record: First meeting
Probable Southeast Missouri starters
F-Nino Johnson, 6-8, 230, SO (15.3 ppg, 11 rpg, 2.3 bpg)
F-Tyler Stone, 6-8, 230, JR (17.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.6 apg)
G-A.J. Jones, 6-4, 200, JR (8.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.6 apg)
G-Lucas Nutt, 6-1, 180, JR (2.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 4.0 apg)
G-Marland Smith, 6-2, 175, SR (8.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.3 apg)
Key Reserves: Nick Niemczyk (6-1, 185, SR), Corey Wilford (6-2, 180, SR), Colin Ferguson (6-9, 250, FR), Jared White (6-2, 200, FR)
Probable Chattanooga starters
F-Casey Jones, 6-5, 185, FR (2.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.0 apg)
F-Z. Mason, 6-5, 238, JR (14.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 bpg, 1.0 apg)
C-Drazen Zlovaric, 6-9, 220, SR (10.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg)
G-Ronrico White, 6-3, 170, SO (7.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg)
G-Gee McGhee, 6-5, 200, FR (3.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.0 spg)
Key Reserves: Farad Cobb (6-0, 160, FR), Martynas Bareika (6-4, 208, SO), Lance Stokes (6-6, 217 SO), Eric Robertson (6-4, 191, FR)
The opening tip
The Mocs return to action after a positive showing at No. 7 Kansas last Thursday, and they’ll face a solid Southeast Missouri squad in the Chattanooga sub-regional of the CBE Classic – a three-day, round robin event at McKenzie Arena. The Redhawks have already played three times, having lost to Kansas on Nov. 9, while beating Lyon College and McNeese State.
The Redhawks’ frontcourt has been dominant so far this season. 6-8 forward Nino Johnson is averaging a double-double (15.3 ppg, 11.0 rpg), while Tyler Stone, also 6-8, is their main scoring threat (17.0 ppg). Stone scored 25 points against Lyon College on Nov. 12 and finished with 18 against Murray State three days later.
The Mocs are 93-46 (.669 percent) in in-season tournament play, winning 32 such events, five at away sites, but that record does not include preliminary rounds such as Thursday’s loss at Kansas. Freshman Farad Cobb has been on a tear for the Mocs in the early season. The 6-foot point guard has set two UTC freshman records in his first two games – six steals against Tennessee Temple and seven 3-pointers at Kansas. His 21 points against the Jayhawks were the most for a Chattanooga freshman since Josh Odem’s 22-point performance at Georgia Southern in 2008.
The Mocs will play three games in three days starting with Sunday’s contest against the Redhawks. They’ll face Troy on Monday and Louisiana Tech on Tuesday, both of which are 7 p.m. tips.
Southeast Missouri head coach Dickey Nutt on his optimism this season: “I know this time of year everybody’s excited. I do feel like we see the corner. I don’t feel like we’ve turned the corner yet, but I feel like we see the corner. I feel like our guys are excited about this year. We feel like we have a chance to be very, very competitive. That’s kind of what we’ve been waiting for.
Former Mocs head coach Ron Shumate is scheduled to be in attendance at Sunday’s game. He coached the Mocs from 1973-79,finishing his seven-year stint with a 139-61 record. His 1977 UTC squad won the Division II Championship and were runners-up in 1976. … SEMO has limited its opponents to 33.9 percent shooting from the field and just 20.6 percent from 3-point range. … Sunday’s matchup is the first meeting between the two schools. The Redhawks are one of three possible foes from the Ohio Valley Conference in 2012-13. East Kentucky comes to McKenzie Arena on Dec. 8, while Austin Peay will take part in the Dr. Pepper Classic and could be a second-day matchup.