Louisiana Tech (3-1) at Chattanooga (1-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 20, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McKenzie Arena (11,218) -- Chattanooga, Tennessee. Television: None. Home Record: LaTech 1-0, Chattanooga 1-2. Away Record: LaTech 0-1, Chattanooga 0-1. Neutral Record: LaTech 2-0, Chattanooga 0-0. Conference Record: LaTech 0-0, Chattanooga 0-0. Series Record: Chattanooga leads, 2-0.
GAME NOTES: The Chattanooga Mocs try to bring an end to a three-game slide on Tuesday night, as they tangle with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in subregional action of the 2012 CBE Classic.
Since blowing out Tennessee Temple in the season opener by a score of 88-53, the Mocs have had a difficult time building consistent efforts against the competition. On Monday, the program was taken down by Troy at home in a 68-61 final.
As for the Bulldogs, they've been moving in the opposite direction of Chattanooga, going from a 71-59 opening loss to Texas A&M to three straight victories. Yesterday saw the squad tackle the Redhawks of Southeast Missouri in a 67-63 final.
The Mocs won both previous meetings with Louisiana Tech, the most recent coming in 1977 as part of the New Orleans Classic by a score of 66-64.
The Bulldogs bounced back from a one-point deficit at the break on Monday in order to claim the four-point victory over SEMO. Raheem Appleby scored a game- high 21 points, although he shot just 1-of-5 behind the three-point line and 8-of-22 from the floor overall. Cordarius Johnson continued to excel out on the perimeter where he knocked down half of his six attempts, en route to 15 points, while Brandon Gibson chipped in with another 12 points as the squad survived just 37.3 percent accuracy from the floor. Appleby, although shooting just 38.5 percent from the field and 4-of-17 out on the perimeter over the first four games, leads the program in scoring with his 15.8 ppg, followed by Johnson and Gibson with 14.5 and 11.0 ppg, respectively. Johnson has nailed down 50 percent of his three-point tries now, but still the team as a whole has converted just 30.8 percent from long range.
Against Troy on Monday, the Mocs ruled on the glass as they not only held a 47-30 rebounding advantage overall, they produced 19 rebounds at the offensive end of the floor. While that means the team helped itself with numerous second-chance opportunities, it also indicates that the Mocs didn't shoot the ball well at all. In fact, the hosts made just 36.2 percent from the field, including 4-of-22 beyond the arc, not to mention 15-of-26 at the charity stripe in the loss. Ronrico White tallied a game-high 14 points and Drazen Zlovaric a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards, but that still didn't help. Even though he shot just 1-of-6 from the field and finished with seven points in the loss Monday, Z Mason is still the top scorer overall for the Mocs with his 12.5 ppg. Zlovaric accounts for 11.5 ppg and is also tops with 7.3 rpg as the team beats foes on the glass by an average of nearly nine per game.
Chattanooga may have a stronger presence in the paint when it comes to rebounding, but the team simply cannot continue to miss so many shots and assume it can make up for those errors with second-chance opportunities.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Louisiana Tech 66, Chattanooga 61
11/20 10:50:47 ET