Georgia Home Game Highlights Mocs Basketball Schedule

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—Chattanooga Mocs Head Basketball Coach Will Wade announced the 2014-15 schedule today. His second season features 17 home dates and trips to Wisconsin and Butler.

“There are 17 games in McKenzie Arena this season,” Wade stated. “That was a priority. Our students and fans bring positive energy and ‘chaos’ for our team.

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“The quality of the home schedule is important,” Wade added. “We have Georgia and UAB coming here. That’s big for our program. We are also starting series with Tennessee Tech and Lipscomb which was a focus…to get in-state teams on the schedule.”

The season opens with a flourish. The Mocs play eight times in 19 days beginning on Friday, November 14, with Hiwassee. The squad immediately hits the road for games at Wisconsin and Butler on the 16th and 18th before heading to Tennessee Tech on the 22nd.

The contests against the Badgers and Bulldogs are part of the Battle 4 Atlantis event. The Mocs host a mainland bracket after the TTU game with Robert Morris, Coastal Carolina and Louisiana-Monroe. That trio visits McKenzie Arena Thanksgiving week with two games each on the 26th and 27th. They wrap up November two nights later with a game at Kennesaw State.

December opens with Georgia coming to McKenzie Arena on the second. It’s the first visit from an SEC school since 10th-ranked Tennessee escaped the Roundhouse with a 76-70 win on December 4, 2007. After a December 8 visit from Montreat, coached by former Moc Lincoln Walters, Chattanooga starts Southern Conference play at The Citadel on December 11.

Northern Kentucky comes to the Scenic City on the 16th before a trip to Middle Tennessee (Dec. 19). The final two matchups of the month sandwich the holiday break. UAB drops in on December 22 with Lipscomb invading McKenzie Arena a week later on the 29th.

The conference home opener begins the New Year. Furman (Jan. 3), Wofford (Jan. 5) and Western Carolina (Jan. 8) give the Mocs three home dates to start January. This year’s SoCon slate is a 10-team, round robin with 18 games – nine home and nine away.

The Southern Conference Championship returns to Asheville, N.C., March 6-9. All 10 teams invade the site of 15 league tourneys in the last 31 years and four of Chattanooga’s 10 championships.

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.