Mocs Take on UConn in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament
Senior Khalil Hartwell returns home for first NCAA appearance
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NCAA Viewing Party at Buffalo Wild Wings 

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.---You can’t go home again?  Don’t tell that to Khalil Hartwell.  The Mocs senior will be starting in his hometown Thursday afternoon as No. 16 Chattanooga (18-16) takes on No. 1 UConn (27-4) in the first round of the NCAA West Regional at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

Chattanooga, the champions of the Southern Conference, will face the Huskies at approximately 3 p.m.  The game is scheduled for 30 minutes after the first matchup of the day as No. 8 BYU squares off with No. 9 Texas A&M whose winner will face with the Mocs or UConn.

 

Stephen McDowell leads the Mocs with his 18.6 points per game which ranks 46th nationally.  He is third in the country averaging 4.0 three-pointers made per game, while ranking 14th in percentage at 43.7 percent.

 

A key area for the Mocs is on the boards.  UConn is one of the top rebounding teams in the nation with an 8.3 rebounding margin advantage over its foes.  Chattanooga’s frontline of Hartwell (7.1 rpg), Nicchaeus Doaks (8.7) and Kevin Goffney (6.9) will have their hands full.

 

All three are ranked among the top 10 in the Southern Conference in rebounding with Doaks sitting on top.  Doaks is just four rebounds (296) shy of Lance Fulse (1985-88) season record of 300 set in 1987-88.

 

The unsung member of the starting five is Keyron Sheard.  Despite averaging 12.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, Sheard did not receive all-tournament mention last week.  The senior from Red Bank, N.J., which is 82 miles from Philly on the Jersey shore, had a 6:1 assist-to-turnover ratio during the Mocs run to the title.

 

WHO:  Jimmy Fallon.  Late Night with Jimmy Fallon has adopted the Chattanooga Mocs as its team for the tournament.

 

WHAT:  The Mocs are making their 10th appearance in the big dance.  Previous appearances:  1981, 1982, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 2005.  Chattanooga is 3-9 in its prior tournament trips going to the Sweet 16 in 1997 with wins over Georgia (73-70) and Illinois (75-63) before losing to Providence (71-65).

 

WHERE:  CBS.  Dick Enberg, Jay Bilas and Carter Blackburn on the call.  Live stats can be found on GoMocs.com.

 

HOW:  The Mocs are 3-9 (.250) in in its nine tourney appearances.  By round, the Mocs are 3-7 in the First Round, 1-1 in the second and 0-1 in the Sweet 16.

 

WHY:  Chattanooga earned its place in the Field of 65 by winning its 10th Southern Conference Tournament Championship.

 

LAST MEETING:

1995 NCAA West Regional, UConn 100, Chattanooga 71

 

SERIES RECORDS BY SCHOOL (UTC vs. West Regional):  UConn (0-1), Maryland (0-2), Memphis (2-9), Mississippi State (4-6), Missouri (0-3), Purdue (0-2), Would be first meeting with BYU, Cal, Cal State-Northridge, Cornell, Marquette, Northern Iowa, Texas A&M, Utah State and Washington.

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