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CHATTANOOGA — Madness has arrived. And for the first time since 2016, the Chattanooga Mocs men’s basketball team will hold the No. 1 seed in Asheville, North Carolina at the 2022 Ingles Southern Conference Championships to be held at Harrah’s Cherokee Center this weekend.
No. 1 Chattanooga will face the winner of No. 8 ETSU / No. 9 The Citadel (Friday – 5 p.m. ET) on Saturday in the quarterfinals. Tipping for this match is set at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN+. All match coverage links can be found on the schedule page. For all things SoCon Tournament, please visit the website here.
POST-SEASON GUIDE AND NOTES
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SOCON TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Friday, March 4 (ESPN+)
Game 1 – (8) ETSU vs. (9) The Citadel, 5 p.m.
Game 2 – (7) Mercer vs. (10) West Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 5 (ESPN+/Nexstar)
Game 3 – (1) Chattanooga vs Game 1 winner, 12 p.m.
Game 4 – (4) Wofford vs (5) VMI, 2:30 p.m.
Game 5 – (2) Furman vs Game 2 winner, 6 p.m.
Game 6 – (3) Samford vs (6) UNCG, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday March 6 (ESPN)
Game 7 – Winner of Game 3 vs. Game 4 winner, 4 p.m.
Game 8 – Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, March 7 (ESPN)
Championship game, 7 p.m.
Chattanooga finished the regular season with a 24-7 overall record and a 14-4 league total. The Mocs clinched their first regular-season SoCon title since 2015-16 and just their second since 1994. UTC set a program record this year with 12 road wins, which also led all Division basketball teams. I.
PARIS NAMED SOCON COACH OF THE YEAR
Lamont Paris became the fourth UTC head coach to win the Coach of the Year award and the first since Matt McCall won the honors in 2015-16. Mack McCarthy won the award twice in 1991-92 and 1992-93.
Paris led Chattanooga to a 24-7 overall record in the league this season while capturing a school record and the best 12 road wins nationally. Over the past three seasons, Paris has guided UTC to a stellar 62-28 (.689) overall record while playing to a 33-19 (.635) mark in the SoCon game.
MALACHI SMITH NAMED SOCON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Malachi Smith is the program’s first player of the year since Johnny Taylor after the 1996-97 season. Smith is only the fifth Moc to win the Coaches Player of the Year award and the fourth to win the Malcom U. Pitt (media) award.
JEAN-BAPTISTE SELECTED AT ALL-SOCON
Graduate guard David John the Baptist was selected to the All-SoCon Second Team, in each of two polls, for the second straight year after his remarkable final campaign in a Mocs uniform.
Jean-Baptiste averaged 14.6 points per game this season while knocking down 83 three-pointers, ranking 13th and 5th respectively in the SoCon. For his career, Jean-Baptiste ranks fourth all-time in program history (1,699) while holding the school’s three-point record with 282.
LISTEN TO MOCS
RADIO RATING: WFLI has added 96.1 and 100.3 FM to its arsenal of stations. The previous deal had the Mocs on 97.7 FM and 1070 AM, which was a good base of operation. As of this weekend, 96.1 takes the place of 97.7 while 100.3 is added. Switching to 96.1 adds the audio range to approximately 100,000 homes while 100.3 extends overall coverage further north of the Tennessee River, notably strengthening the signal at Hixson and Soddy-Daisy.
Mocs Sports Network is developed by Mocs Sports Properties, the Learfield-owned media rights holder for Mocs athletics. MSN carries all men’s and women’s basketball and soccer games as well as “Chat with the Mocs”, a weekly coaching show covering all things Mocs.
Mocs Sports Network stations: 96.1 FM, 100.3 FM and 1070 AM.
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