Samford (8-16) at Chattanooga (9-15)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, February 11, 7:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McKenzie Arena (10,928) -- Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Television: None. Home Record: Stamford 5-5. Chattanooga 6-8. Away Record:
Stamford 3-9, Chattanooga 3-7. Neutral Record: Stamford 0-2, Chattanooga 0-0.
Conference Record: Stamford 6-5, Chattanooga 4-7. Series Record: Chattanooga
GAMES NOTES: In a Southern Conference rematch the Samford Bulldogs will tangle
with the Chattanooga Mocs at McKenzie Arena on Monday night.
When these teams met on Jan. 5, Chattanooga pulled out a 74-70 victory on the
road. The win was the fourth in the last five meetings for the Mocs who lead
the all-time series, 50-36.
After dropping four straight contests the Bulldogs finally got back into the
win column on Saturday with a 79-67 decision over The Citadel. Samford is just
8-16 overall and the losing streak sank it down the SoCon standings as the
Bulldogs are 6-5 in league play. Samford has just three road wins in 12 tries
this season but will be back on its home floor on the next time out against
This is the third game of a four-contest homestand for Chattanooga which split
the first two tilts after a 71-68 loss to the College of Charleston. The
setback was the fifth in the last six games for the Mocs, who are just 9-15
overall. The Mocs are 4-7 in league action and 6-8 at home. Chattanooga will
host Furman in the last leg of this homestand.
Led by 19 points from Tyler Hood, Samford had four players in double figures
en route to its victory over The Citadel. The Bulldogs shot 65.9 percent from
the field in the contest, including a 7-of-17 effort from beyond the arc to
overcome a 24-17 deficit in points off turnovers.
The 79 points Samford posted against The Citadel was an offensive eruption by
Samford's standards. The Bulldogs are the second lowest scoring team in the
conference (61.9 ppg) despite shooting the fourth best percentage from the
field (.444). Samford is not making life any easier for itself by letting up
68.8 points per game on 46.2 percent shooting, while ranking at the bottom of
the confrence in rebounds (27.9 pg). Tim Williams (14.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and
Raijon Kelly (14.3 ppg, 4.5 apg) are the two best options for the Bulldogs.
Williams is the only player on the team that has crashed the boards well while
Kelly is the second best passer in the conference in terms of assists. Clide
Geffrard Jr. (10.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg) is an additional double-figure scorer for the
Even though Z. Mason poured in a game-high 27 points and Gee McGhee
knocked in 20 the Mocs still came up short against Charleston. The Mocs had a
63-62 lead with just over five minutes to play but the Cougars scored the next
six points and the Mocs hit just 1-of-8 from the floor down the stretch.
Mason (14.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and McGhee (11.6 ppg) are the Mocs' counterparts to
Williams and Kelly on the Stamford side. Mason is the fourth best rebounder in
the conference and among its top 10 scorers as well. McGhee is shooting under
40 percent from the field this season. Ronrico White (9.9 ppg) shoots just
32.1 percent from the field which has kept him from being a more productive
offensive threat. Chattanooga is scoring just 68.9 ppg isn't a very efficient
team, shooting just 41.2 percent from the floor. Chattanooga is actually the
best rebounding team in the SoCon (37.8 ppg), but allows 71.9 points per game
on 44.8 percent shooting.
Finding consistent offensive success has eluded Samford and that's not likely
to change on the road. Expect the Mocs to ride Mason and McGhee to a win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Chattanooga 71, Samford 66
02/11 10:35:06 ET