Southeast Missouri (2-1) at Chattanooga (1-1)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 18, 3 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McKenzie Arena (11,218) -- Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Television: None. Home Record: SEMO 2-0, Chattanooga 1-0. Away Record: SEMO
0-1, Chattanooga 0-1. Neutral Record: SEMO 0-0, Chattanooga 0-0. Conference
Record: SEMO 0-0, Chattanooga 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Southeast Missouri Redhawks and the Chattanooga Mocs meet for
the first time ever as part of subregional-round action in the CBE Hall of
Since losing to seventh-ranked Kansas in the season opener last week, the
Redhawks have rebounded with a pair of home victories, albeit against lesser-
known programs. First SEMO took care of Lyon College in an 89-61 romp on
Monday, and then Thursday saw the team tackle McNeese State, 64-53, at the
Show Me Center as well.
As for the Mocs, they too clashed with the Jayhawks already this season,
although they made it a bit more respectable in a 69-55 setback on Thursday.
That defeat came three days after Chattanooga opened the 2012-13 campaign with
an 88-53 thrashing of Tennessee Temple at home. The Mocs are now just 3-48
all-time against nationally-ranked opponents.
Both teams will be back in action over the next couple of days as they square
off against the other two programs in this region, Louisiana Tech and Troy.
The Redhawks shot only 4-of-19 behind the three-point line against McNeese
State the last time out, but from inside the arc SEMO was right on target as
it converted 23-of-31 attempts, en route to the double-digit home win. Nino
Johnson set the tone for the hosts as he posted game highs with 20 points and
nine rebounds, not to mention all three of the unit's blocked shots. Tyler
Stone accounted for 18 points and seven boards, followed by Nick Niemczyk with
10 points off the bench. After three games Johnson is averaging a double-
double for the group with his 15.3 ppg and 11 rpg, the second stat ranking him
first among Ohio Valley Conference programs. Playing so close to the rim has
also made it rather easy for Johnson to find quality shot attempts as he
shoots a team-best 70.4 percent from the floor.
Hard to believe, but the Mocs actually held a 36-28 lead at the half against
Kansas in Lawrence in the last outing, but after that the hosts went on to
shooting an even 50 percent from the floor in the second half to claim the
win. Z. Mason finished with 13 points and Drazen Zlovaric 10 to lead the
starting five for the Mocs, but the other three combined to shoot just 1-of-13
from the floor, so it was important for the team to get a lift from the
reserves, which they did in the form of Farad Cobb who converted 7-of-9 behind
the three-point line to finish with a team-best 21 points in 24 minutes. After
two games Mason and Cobb lead the offense for Chattanooga with 14.5 ppg
apiece, the latter doing the majority of his damage out on the perimeter where
he's made 8-of-14 attempts. Unfortunately, the team as a whole is shooting
just 28.9 percent on three-point tries and 38.6 percent from the floor
The fact that Chattanooga gave the Jayhawks a run for their money has to count
for something these days and if nothing less it should have provided the Mocs
with enough confidence to know that they should come out on top in this
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Chattanooga 71, Southeast Missouri 66
11/18 10:40:38 ET