published Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Chattanooga Mocs face Kansas in basketball

The Mocs will begin their 2012-13 season against a college basketball behemoth.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga released its men's basketball schedule for the 2012-13 season on Wednesday.

Following a Blue-Gold scrimmage on Nov. 6 and a game against Tennessee Temple on Nov. 12, the Mocs will open their season in one of the most historical basketball cauldrons in the country — Phog Allen Fieldhouse.

UTC will play at Kansas, the NCAA Tournament runner-up, on Nov. 15 as part of the CBE Classic which will give UTC home games against Southeast Missouri, Troy and Louisiana Tech.

"The commissioner said we all needed more home non-conference D-1 games, and to do that, you're going to have to be a little creative," UTC coach John Shulman said. "We have seven non-conference D-1 games and 18 total home games. Coach [Brent] Jolly gets a lot of credit for thinking outside of the box to get this schedule."

The Mocs will play one Southern Conference game before the calendar flips to 2013 -- on Dec. 1 against Davidson. They will also play at Louisiana State on Dec. 11.

The Dr Pepper Classic will be held Dec. 28-29 and will feature four Division I teams with Austin Peay, Utah Valley State and High Point joining UTC.

The Mocs' SoCon schedule begins in earnest after a Jan. 2 trip to Georgia Tech. From there on, the Mocs will play a typical SoCon schedule with partner trips to Charleston, North Carolina and South Carolina.

"Our non-conference schedule, with games at Kansas and LSU, will be a lot of fun," Shulman said. "It's been a very productive summer. We're trying to redeem ourselves from a poor year with a lot of kids who had nothing to do with that year."

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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