UAB basketball will look to go 2-0 to start the season when they host the Chattanooga Mocs of the Southern conference. The Blazers are 10-3 all-time against the Mocs.
Let me go ahead and get it out of the way and say I want to beat Chattanooga by 50 and hang 100 points on them. I was one of many who took the trip up to their place in 2014 where we got whipped 83-67 and had to drive all the way home in the pouring rain after. No mercy.
Scouting The Mocs
Little did we know back in 2014 that Chattanooga would go on to be a really good team for a couple of years under now LSU head coach Will Wade. The Mocs are two coaches removed from him now and are a far cry from what they were the last three seasons.
Chattanooga dropped a 74-65 game to a very good Wyoming team on the road to start their season. Junior guard Nat Dixon led the way with 14 points, and the Mocs had five players score in double figures. We’ll be tested inside against 6-foot-10 junior forward Makinde London who transferred to Chattanooga from Xavier in May of 2016.
Per Chattanooga’s article linked below:
According to a CBS report, we’re the youngest team by average age (19.31). Yep, one of just five teams in DI without a senior on the roster. One of just six teams with three upperclassmen (juniors/seniors) or fewer heading into the year and one of five with 12 or fewer career starts
Blazer Keys To Victory
On paper UAB should win this one easily and put together another gaudy offensive performance. The Blazers have the edge at every position and we are significantly more experienced and deeper. What I’d like to see is UAB once again work deep into their bench and get some of our role players involved. A week from Monday is the Cayman tournament, so we need to fine tune our rotations tomorrow and Thursday against a team named Lemoyne-Owen College, which I’m pretty sure is made up.