They've played 4 ranked teams and gave two of them a game. It's likely this one will be close too. Anyways, here's the Mocs stats pack.
They have a quick turnaround as they played on 12/20 and won on the road at Mississippi valley State. You all know you just don't go into Itta Bena and expect to win. Anyways, they probably travelled from there straight to Tuscaloosa for the game Monday.
Steven McDonald is the one we got to contain. He's their leading scorer and best shooter (3s and at the line). Nicchaeus Doaks averages a double-double (13.4/10.4) so we'll need one of our big men to block out... if they're not in foul trouble.
- .406 FG
- .340 3 PT FG
- .622 FT
- -3.8 rebound margin
- 19 turnovers a game
Prediction: Chattanooga is 1-7. While they played a pretty tough non-conference schedule so far, they did get blown out by Fairfield and East Tennessee State. As bad as we are I have to believe we'll somehow win this one although I wouldn't be surprised if they blew us out in the 2nd half. Anyways, Bama by 4.
SEC Rankings Week 2
1) Tennessee- despite a puzzling loss to Temple, they're still #1 'cause... no one else is close to them in the conference.
2) South Carolina- No impressive wins, but 8-1 is far better than they would've been last year.
3) Arkansas- They get tested next week. They recovered well since losing at Missouri State.
4) Florida- Impressive win over UCF. The last 2 years Florida has really played a cupcake non-conference schedule.
5) LSU- failed their first test (at Texas A&M).
6) Kentucky- been on quite a roll after another miserable start.
7) Mississippi- Their coach can beat up our coach.
8) Vanderbilt- they beat Bama A&M worse than we did.
9) Auburn- nice road win at Virginia.
10) Alabama- Big win over Tennessee (State). Nevermind.
11) Mississippi State- blown out by a mediocre Cincinnati squad.
12) UGA- Last second 3 gives them a dramatic win over Wofford. Wofford?
I predict there will be 4 SEC coaching changes at the end of this season. Depending on what happens to Andy Kennedy it could be 5.
SEC RPI (as of 12/16)
- Tennessee: 44
- Florida: 60
- Kentucky: 67
- Vanderbilt: 73
- Ole Miss: 76
- Auburn: 112
- South Carolina: 132
- LSU: 153
- Arkansas: 162
- UGA: 163
- Alabama: 176
- Mississippi St: 206
At least we're no longer last... although this didn't factor in that huge win over Tennessee State.