CHATTANOOGA — The Chattanooga Mocs men’s basketball team will kick off the 2021-22 season with a highly anticipated middlegame against Loyola Marymount on Tuesday evening in Los Angeles, California. Tip-off is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT in the Barley Pavilion.
The competition involves two teams that are closely ranked in the first Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll. Chattanooga ranks 21st, the highest ranking of all SoCon schools, while Loyola Marymount closes the trails at 22nd.
Fans can watch the game on the WCC network or listen to it LIVE with “Voice of the Mocs” Jim Reynolds on GoMocs.com or the Varsity Network app. Reynolds is in his 42nd year as the Mocs PxP voice, ranked 10th longest among all active NCAA DI announcers.
The full game preview with TV links, game notes and more can be found below.
▪ Chattanooga (0-0, 0-0) at Loyola Marymount (0-0, 0-0)
▪ 10:00 PM ET | Barley Pavilion (4,156) | Los Angeles, California.
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– Chattanooga travels to Southern California to face Loyola Marymount for the first time in program history and to open the much-anticipated 2021-22 season. It will be the first time since the 2007-08 season that UTC will play a game in the state of California.
The matchup includes two strong mid-major programs that kick off the season with the aspirations of the NCAA tournament. Chattanooga was selected to win the Southern Conference title in the regular season in both coach and media polls, while LMU was ranked fourth in the West Coast Conference preseason poll.
– Tuesday’s meeting with Loyola Marymount is only the fifth time UTC has had a current member of the WCC … Chattanooga is 2-2 against the All-Time League … the last meeting with a member was on 12/02/00 against Santa Clara (L, 81-83 2ot).
– Chattanooga is currently driving a winning streak of 11 games without conferences … the longest run in program history … the team’s 9-0 start to the season last year was also a program best.
– Loyola Marymount has won his last 14 season openers from the 2008-09 season … only one came against an NCAA DI opponent … Southern Utah in 2020-21 (W, 85-83).
– Preseason Southern Conference Poll … Chattanooga was voted 1st in the SoCon Preseason Coaches and Media Polls 2021-22 … Preseason WCC Poll … LMU was fourth in the Preseason Poll … Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 … Chattanooga is 1st 21st in the initial preseason rankings, while Loyola Marymount landed 22nd in the initial preseason rankings (11/1).
– The Mocs are led by two familiar faces, David Jean-Baptiste and Malachi Smith, who both returned for the 2021-22 season after testing NBA draft waters. Smith (16.8ppg) and Jean-Baptiste (16.1ppg) led the team last season, while Smith was the first Moc to win the team in program history on points (419), rebounds (221) and assists ( 82) cited.
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