CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The Chattanooga Mocs 2012-13 basketball schedule was announced Wednesday day by head coach John Shulman pending approval by the University's Faculty Athletics Committee. It features 18 homes dates as well as games at Kansas, LSU and Georgia Tech.
After opening with nearby Tennessee Temple on November 12, UTC travels to Lawrence, Kan., to face 2012 national runner-up Kansas on November 15 in famed Phog Allen Fieldhouse. That begins the CBE Classic for the Mocs which brings six games a few days later to McKenzie Arena.
Chattanooga hosts a sub-regional for the CBE Classic November 18-20. It features a round-robin with Louisiana Tech, Southeast Missouri and Troy coming to the Scenic City. There will be two games per day with each team guaranteed three games.
After a November 24 date at Kennesaw State, UTC returns home to open Southern Conference play with Davidson on December 1. It's one of six home games during the month as 10 of the first 13 contests on this year's slate are in McKenzie Arena.
The Mocs face their second Ohio Valley Conference foe Eastern Kentucky on December 8. It's the beginning of a home-and-home series with the Colonels as UTC returns the game in 2013-14 in Richmond.
It's off to LSU from there for a December 11 matchup in Baton Rouge, La. It will be Chattanooga's first game against the Tigers, leaving Texas A&M as the only SEC school the Mocs have never faced.
Mercer (Dec. 16) and Reinhardt (Dec. 21) wrap up the pre-holiday portion of the schedule before UTC student-athletes get a few days off to spend with their families. They return for the 23rd Dr Pepper Classic as High Point, the Mocs first round opponent, Austin Peay and Utah Valley State visit the Roundhouse December 28-29 for this holiday tradition.
Chattanooga ends the non-conference portion of its regular-season schedule on January 2 heading south to face an old ACC friend. Georgia Tech returns to the lineup for the first time since February 2011. It will mark three times in four years the two meet on the hard court.
The trip to Atlanta is the start of a four-game road swing with seven of the next nine coming away from Choo Choo city. The Mocs return to conference play at Samford (Jan. 5) followed by two games in Charleston, S.C., at The Citadel (Jan. 10) and College of Charleston (Jan. 12).
UTC returns home to host Appalachian State (Jan. 17) and Western Carolina (Jan. 19) before a trio on the road. Trips to Elon (Jan. 24), UNCG (Jan. 26) and Georgia Southern (Feb. 2) lead into a strong home stretch.
Six of the next seven are in the friendly confines of McKenzie Arena. The Citadel (Feb. 7) and College of Charleston (Feb. 9) are followed by Samford (Feb. 11) and Furman (Feb. 14) for a stretch of four-games-in-eight days in Chattanooga. Make it five-games-in-10 total with a trip to Wofford on February 16.
The regular season concludes with four key SoCon North matchups. The Mocs host UNCG (Feb. 21) and Elon (Feb. 23) before closing the year at Western Carolina (Feb. 28) and Appalachian State (Mar. 2).
The SoCon Championship returns to the Asheville Civic Center March 8-11. The champions of North and South Divisions receive first-round byes along with the next two best records in SoCon play.
February boasts three home men’s and women’s basketball doubleheaders for Mocs fans. Those dates are February 9 (Sat.), 11 (Mon.) and 23 (Sat.). Season ticket renewals are available now on GoMocs.com or by calling 266-MOCS (6627). New sales begin in August while single game tickets will be available in October.