East Tenn State Buccaneers at Chattanooga Mocs – NCAAM February 15

ETSU (12-8, 8-4) at Chattanooga (16-5, 6-5)

  • Time: 4PM PST | 6PM CST | 7PM EST
  • Location: McKenzie Arena, Chattanooga, TN
  • TV: ESPN+

Opening Tip

The echoes of this great Southern Conference rivalry are being awakened again, especially after the Mocs took a 67-65 win at East Tennessee State on Feb. 6. The Mocs led all the way until Ty Brewer made a three with 11 seconds remaining to give the Buccaneers a 65-64 lead. A.J. Caldwell provided the heroics for Chattanooga with his three-point buzzer beater that lifted the Mocs to the win.

ETSU finds Chattanooga on a 4-game winning streak and five wins in the last six games while the Buccaneers snapped a 2-game skid with a resounding win over Wofford on Saturday.

This is the 93rd meeting between the two teams as the Mocs sport a 48-44 advantage and have a 25-12 ledger on their home floor. ETSU had it’s 10-game winning streak in the series ended with the Mocs’ Feb. 6 win.

This is the Buccaneers’ third revenge game of the season and they are 2-0 in those so far.

Vs. The Spread

ETSU:

  • The Buccaneers are 8-4 ATS in their last 12 home games
  • The UNDER has been the play in the Bucs’ last 5 games
  • The Bucs are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games vs. the Mocs

Chattanooga:

  • The Mocs are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games
  • The UNDER has been the play in 5 of the Mocs’ last 7 outings
  • Chattanooga is 1-4 ATS in it’s last 5 home games vs ETSU

Last Time Out

Ledarrius Brewer scored 30 points as ETSU rolled to a 71-49 win over Wofford on Saturday. The Buccaneers held Wofford to 34 percent from the field and forced 16 Terriers turnovers. David Sloan added 16 for the Buccaneers, who shot 49 percent from the field.

The Mocs held off The Citadel, 70-66, as Malachi Smith posted a double-double of 17 points and 10 boards. Chattanooga led by 11 with 6:33 to go and had to stave off a late Bulldogs’ rally late in the game.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
ETSU +1.5 (-110) +107 O 132.5 (-110)
Chattanooga -1.5 (-110) -127 U 132.5 (-110)

Advantage, ETSU

The Southern Conference is a high octane conference and you know that from the fact that ETSU averages 70.9 points per game and is amazingly last in the league in points scored. It’s even more amazing when you look at the potential of offensive weapons on coach Jason Shay’s team. Chattanooga is not solid on the defensive end as the Mocs are ninth in the SoCon in allowing 46.3 percent from the floor. This could be a big night for scorers such as Ledarrius Brewer (16.5 ppg) in Demari Monsanto (12.7 ppg) as they join David Sloan in the Bucs’ 3-ball assault.

Key Buccaneers Stat:

On the flip side, ETSU leads the league in scoring defense at 65.8 points per game and the Bucs’ allow only 41.6 percent from the field (2nd/SoCon). They force 14.3 turnovers per game, so pressuring the solid ball-handling of Chattanooga will give ETSU opportunities for points of turnovers.

X-Factor:

Silas Adheke (6.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg) is a solid inside threat in several ways. He has 22 rebounds and five blocks in his last four games and gives ETSU a post presence with his chiseled frame. He has started all 20 games and averages 25.5 minutes and can be imposing with his physicality.

Advantage, Chattanooga

David Jean-Baptiste (17.2 ppg) is a tough matchup with his scoring ability as he makes 42 percent of his threes. He is flanked by Malachi Smith, (16.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg) who started strong in averaging a double-double in December. Keeping these two in tandem and in rhythm against a solid ETSU defense will be a key for the Mocs to complete the season sweep. These two players are currently sixth and seventh in the conference in scoring.

Key Mocs Stat:

A.J. Caldwell and Jamal Walker have come off the bench to make 30 and 20 three-points shots so far this season. They are a huge reason why the Mocs’ perimeter is a tough matchup as they realize their roles and stay within that frame.

X-Factor:

Confidence in the finish is a key for the Mocs as they have perfected 10 come-from-behind victories this season. Those wins were by an average of 5.1 points per game.

Winner: ETSU (+1.5) 73, Chattanooga 67
Over-Under: Take OVER 132.5

The Bets
ETSU Buccaneers +1.5
-110
OVER 132.5
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

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