Be on the Lookout for Chattanooga

6 Nov

In minor league baseball there is a team called the Chattanooga Lookouts, which is ironic because if there is a small market team (to use a baseball term) to look out for this season it is the Chattanooga Mocs of the Southern Conference.

Florida assistant Matt McCall took over and led the Mocs to a school record 29 wins, wins over Dayton, Illinois and Georgia, a sweep of the SoCon regular season and tournament titles and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.  More amazingly is the fact that McCall and company did all of this without the conference’s pre-season Player of the Year pick guard Casey Jones who was limited to just eight games due to injury.

On top of a returning All-Conference level player in Jones, the Mocs also return four starters all of whom are seniors; Tre’ McLean, Justin Tuoyo, Greg Pryor and Chuck Ester who combined for 40.7 of the 75.8 points per game the team averaged last season.  The same quartet also pulled in 18.5 rebounds per game while dishing out 8.6 assists per game.

Chattanooga has all the ingredients people look for in a March Cinderella , a senior laden team, a coach that knows how to pull the right strings (clearly something McCall can do evidenced by how the team pulled together after losing Jones), and now a team that knows how to win and win a lot without its best player.

Don’t be fooled by Chattanooga’s relatively light non-conference slate with road games at North Carolina (Nov 13) and Bryce Drew’s Vanderbilt squad (Dec 17) are the only power-conference teams on the schedule.  The Mocs are a team to be on the lookout for as the season moves along and potential bracket busters come into focus.

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