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Moctoberfest Day 27: 2009 NCAA Tourney Bid Nets New Fan

Moctoberfest is a month-long celebration of Chattanooga Mocs men's basketball. It includes historical moments, social media interactions and introduction to UTC's freshmen among the myriad of video tributes and stories.

Day 27 focuses on one of the special moments in the program's history. The 2009 Southern Conference Championship was the 10th for Chattanooga and as a milestone number, it was a perfect 10 of a week leading into the tournament.

That's because NBC's Jimmy Fallon adopted the Chattanooga Mocs as his team for the 2009 NCAA Tournament. And when Jimmy Fallon is a fan, I mean he's a fan.

There was a segment every night of tournament week featuring the Mocs on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon". It started with his introduction claiming UTC as his team on Monday.

Tuesday the Roots took over with a song. A song is a light term. It was more an ode to John Shulman who was immortalized in lyric as the "Don Juan of the SoCon".

Wednesday the show brought members of the Pep Band and Spirit Squads to New York to be in studio and perform on the show. One of the Mocs most visible fans, Dennis Haskins ("Mr. Belding" from "Saved by the Bell") made an appearance to make sure Fallon stayed true to the blue. Shulman was also interviewed via Skype for the segment.

Thursday's game did not go the Mocs way against No. 1 seed UConn, but that did not temper Fallon's fervor for the school. He had a locker room talk to the team and fans.

Friday, the show flew in the team's six seniors - Nicchaeus Doaks, Zach Ferrell, Kevin Goffney, Khalil Hartwell, Stephen McDowell and Keyron Sheard - and head coach John Shulman to be recognized in studio.

At the time, Shulman summed it up quite well.

"It has been a big week for our team and these seniors," said Shulman.  "The attention we have received and support from so many places makes it all the more special.  This is a great opportunity to say thanks and give the seniors a chance to go out on a positive note.

"National television appearance," smiled Shulman.  "I think that does it."

Click the attached video link to relive the week that was. The coverage became big news in the area and provided an estimated $500,000 worth of national exposure for the Mocs, the University, and the City of Chattanooga.

Chattanooga opens the season Monday, November 12, against Tennessee Temple in McKenzie Arena at 7 p.m. Season tickets for a school-record 18-game home slate are available. Call 266-MOCS (6627), go online here at GoMocs.com or stop by the Gate One McKenzie Arena Ticket Office. Single-game tickets are also on sale now.

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MOCTOBERFEST
1 - First NCAA DI Game
2 - Walter "Moose" McGary
3 - Stephen McDowell
4 - 1980 Recruiting Class
5 - Gerald Wilkins 4-point Play
6 - Social Media Factoid: UTC's 10 NCAA appearances are the most in the SoCon since joining the league in 1977-78. Leaders: Chattanooga 10, Davidson 7, ETSU 6, Marshall 3, App State 2, Furman 2, Wofford 2, Western Carolina 1, UNCG 1 and College of Charleston 1. Sources: http://twitter.com/GoMocsMBB & http://www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaMocs
7 - LeVert Threats to Keith Nelson Buzzer-Beater
8 - 1st NCAA Tournament Win
9 - Social Media Factoid: Today's Moctoberfest Factoid is in honor of tomorrow's 30 minutes or less ticket promotion. Derrick Kirce holds the UTC record for career 30-point games with 5 in his 2 seasons (1990-91). He scored 1,113 points which is a school record for a two-year player averaging 19.5 points per contest, another all-time leading mark. Chad Copeland (1993-94) is the only Moc with back-to-back 30-pt games. He scored 30 in a home win over Southern Miss on Jan. 2, 1994 and followed with 33 keying a one-point road win three nights later at Furman. Sources: http://twitter.com/GoMocsMBB & http://www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaMocs
10 - Drazen Zlovaric  Makes ESPN Top 10 Plays
11 - TRIVIA GIVEAWAY: Who led the Mocs in scoring in the two 1997 NCAA Tournament wins over Georgia and Illinois? Answer: Willie Young with 39 (24 vs. UGa/15 vs. Illini).
12 - Meet Gee McGhee
13 - Ty Patterson Beats Shot Clock in 2009 SoCon Championship Game
14 - Meet Alex Bran
15 - Meet Eric Robertson
16 - 1985 NIT Quarterfinalists
17 - Deal's Pass to Wilkins in 1985 NIT at Lamar
18 - TRIVIA GIVEAWAY: What Southern Conference opponent have the Mocs played the most in their history? Answer: Samford, 83 games (48-35). Western Carolina is second with 78 followed by Appalachian State (72) and The Citadel (70). The Catamounts are the most frequent SoCon regular season opponent with 64 games with UTC holding a 46-18 record in those league contests.
19 - Dontay Hampton Coast to Coast Game Winner
20 - Social Media Factoid: Today's Moctoberfest Factoid keys on the long list of professional players that Chattanooga has produced over the years. There are currently 16 former Mocs active in professional leagues all over the globe. Click here for a list of NBA Draft Picks and recent UTC players in the pros. Sources: http://twitter.com/GoMocsMBB & http://www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaMocs
21 - Chris Mims Game Winner in 1997 SoCon Championship
22 - Meet Farad Cobb
23 - Remembering the NCAA Sweet 16 Team
24 - Meet Casey Jones
25 - TRIVIA GIVEAWAY: Last season Keegan Bell became the 3rd Moc to record a triple-double in a game with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at College of Charleston. Name the other two. ANSWER: Tim Brooks & Gary Robb. Robb set the school record with 17 assists vs Southern to go with 13 pts & 10 reb in the 1992 Dr Pepper Classic. Tim Brooks had the 1st with 16 pts, 10 reb & 16 ast at Western Carolina on Feb 1, 1992.
26 - Mindaugas Katelynas Captures NCAA Slam Dunk Championship
27 - 2009 Tourney Run Nets New Fanatic
28 - Championship Tradition
29 - Mocs Top Moments
30 - TRIVIA GIVEAWAY
31 - Mocs Top Moments
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