Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
The Veteran Chattanooga Mocs didn’t look themselves the other day falling to VMI at home by a final of 64-80, but it’s possible Chattanooga might have been looking ahead on the schedule to this important matchup against their in-state foe. The Mocs have been putting together some solid results this season standing 15-5 overall and 6-2 in the SoCon, and there’s a furious battle at the top of this league for the regular season title. Chattanooga was one of the favorites to push for the SoCon title coming into the year and this group has strengths on both ends ranking 85th in the nation in scoring average and 86th in total defense.
East Tennessee State is another group that came into the year with a lot of hype and expectations and the Buccaneers have been strong as well standing 16-5 overall and 6-2 in conference. ETSU is one of the more athletic mid-major teams in the nation and this group likes to play at a fast pace ranking 34th in the nation in scoring average and 106th in total defense. ETSU picked up a great win in their last outing getting past Samford on the road by a final of 96-86 and the Buccaneers will face a tough test today on their home court. ETSU has been led by top returner T.J. Cromer who’s averaging 18.4 points per game for a unit that has some quality depth.
This is one of the more intriguing matchups in the mid-major ranks today and the winner of this one could end up shaping who’s able to win the SoCon regular season title. Chattanooga didn’t look themselves the other day, but we like for this veteran group to get back on track today as they compete hard and cover this spread on the road.
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