SoCon foes will collide when the Chattanooga Mocs (14-9, 5-5 SoCon) take on the East Tennessee State Buccaneers (19-4, 8-2 SoCon) at McKenzie Arena. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.
East Tennessee State Buccaneers vs. Chattanooga Mocs Free Preview
The Buccaneers were victorious over the UNCG Spartans in their last matchup, 82-65. Tray Boyd III was the game’s leading scorer with 30 points on 10-for-16 shooting. East Tennessee State played a perfect game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.288 (above their season average of 0.248) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 43.3 (above their season average of 33.4). UNCG was 0.089 and 25.8, respectively, for those same stats.
In the Mocs’ last matchup, they were defeated by the Western Carolina Catamounts, 64-61. With 12 points and six rebounds, Chattanooga’s Ramon Vila had a good game. Western Carolina did an excellent job of making free throws (12-14; 85.7 percent). Chattanooga, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (11.2 vs. 16.8).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Buccaneers won 75-64. The Buccaneers’ 8.3 turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over the Mocs, who had a mark of 25.2. In the victory, Hodges led all scorers with 27 points.
Both teams have had a player heat up over their last five games. For the Buccaneers, it’s been Bo Hodges, who has averaged 13 points,6.0 rebounds,2.2 steals,1.2 blocks, while the Mocs have gotten great contributions from Vila (16 points,5.6 rebounds).
Expect this one to be a clinic on boxing out as two of the NCAA’s top rebounding teams go head-to-head. The Buccaneers currently rank 39th in offensive rebounding percentage (33.8 percent), while Chattanooga ranks 28th in defensive rebounding percentage (76.3 percent).
East Tennessee State vs. Chattanooga Free Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – East Tennessee State, ATS Winner – East Tennessee State, O/U – Over
The Buccaneers are 32nd in the nation with 10.4 assists allowed per game while the Mocs are 44th with 10.7 assists allowed per game.
East Tennessee State ranks 18th in steals per game (8.9) while Chattanooga ranks 232nd (4.9).
The Buccaneers rank 30th in rebounds allowed per game (31.6) while the Mocs rank 92nd (33.9).
East Tennessee State averages 4.0 blocks per game, which ranks 62nd in the nation. Chattanooga ranks 106th in blocks allowed per game (3.3).
The Mocs have been outscored by an average of 0.6 points in their last five games. For the season, Chattanooga has defeated opponents by an average of 4.7 points.
During their last five games, the Buccaneers have scored an average of 77.0 points per game (0.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 65.8 points per game (3.3 above their season average).