CHATTANOOGA — Coming off a 30-point rout over ETSU to open league play, the Chattanooga Mocs men’s basketball team returns to the court for a Southern Conference showdown at Wofford inside the Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C., on Wednesday night. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
Chattanooga (11-3, 1-0) began SoCon play last Thursday with an 82-52 blowout home win over rival ETSU in front of a nationally-televised audience on ESPNU. The Mocs, who are 5-0 all-time against ETSU in conference openers, moved up two slots to No. 13 in the latest Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll.
Wofford (8-5, 0-1) dropped its league opener at home to VMI, 80-73, last Wednesday. Similar to UTC, Wofford saw its New Year’s Day matchup (at UNCG) postponed due to COVID related issues.
The upcoming game at Wofford can be streamed LIVE on ESPN+ through the Watch ESPN platform or fans can listen on WFLI 97.7 FM/1070 AM in Chattanooga as well as on GoMocs.com and the Varsity Network app.
More game details, notes and more are below.
▪ Chattanooga (11-3, 1-0) at Wofford (8-5, 0-1)
▪ 7:00 p.m. ET | Richardson Indoor Stadium (3,400) | Spartanburg, S.C.
▪ WATCH (ESPN+) | LISTEN (WFLI 97.7FM/1050AM) | STATS
Chattanooga | Wofford (currently unavailable) | SoCon
SERIES HISTORY – 47th Meeting
All-Time: 26-20 – Chattanooga
Last: 78-66, Chattanooga – Feb. 10, 2021 (Spartanburg, S.C.)*
Home: 14-7 – Chattanooga
Away: 11-11 – Tied
Neutral: 2-1 – Wofford
– Chattanooga enters the game with an 11-3 record and a 1-0 mark in SoCon play… coming off an 82-52 rout on Thursday over ETSU… the 30-point margin of victory was the largest over the rivaled Bucs since January 22, 2005… UTC moved to 15-7 all-time in conference openers at home… 26-20 all-time.
– In its last meeting, Chattanooga defeated Wofford 78-66 in Spartanburg, S.C. inside Richardson Indoor Stadium on February 10, 2021… the Mocs have won consecutive games in Spartanburg… has won three of its last five meetings with the Terriers.
– Wofford enters the matchup with an 8-5 overall record and an 0-1 mark in SoCon play… like UTC (at Mercer), Wofford had its January 1 game (at UNCG) PPD due to COVID related issues… the Terriers dropped an 80-73 decision at home to VMI on December 29 to kick off league action… Wofford claimed a win over Georgia (68-65) on the road this season on November 28.
BY THE NUMBERS
– Chattanooga sits at No. 31 in the latest NET Rankings (1/2)… highest team in the SoCon… Wofford comes in at No. 104 in the latest NET Rankings (1/2)… Chattanooga is slotted No. 13 in the latest Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll… Wofford is receiving votes (9).
– Malachi Smith is shooting 53.7 percent overall (102-190), 40.4 percent from three (23-57) and 85.9 percent at the charity stripe (55-64)… if he finishes his season at 50/40/80, it would be the first such stat line in school history… Smith ranks 21st in NCAA Division I basketball this season with a 20.1ppg average… 2x Southern Conference Player of the Week (first Moc to win award 2+ times in a season since Casey Jones in 2014-15)… named a midseason mid-major All-American by Field of 68 outlet.
– Chattanooga is a perfect 5-0 this season when scoring 80 or more points in a game… coming off an 82-52 rout over ETSU on Thursday… the Mocs are a combined 29-5 since 2017-18 under head coach Lamont Paris when scoring 80 or more points in a game… Thursday’s 30-point rout over ETSU also marked the fifth victory this season for Chattanooga of 21 or more points.
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