Chattanooga, Tenn. – The Furman men's basketball team looks to move closer to a bye in the opening round of the Southern Conference Tournament when it caps its 2010-11 regular season road slate with a trip to Chattanooga on Monday. Tip-off at the McKenzie Arena is set for 7 p.m.
The Paladins travel to Chattanooga on the heels of a 70-63 come-from-behind victory at Samford on Saturday that improved Furman to 20-7 overall and 12-4 in league play this season. The win secured Furman's first 20-win season in 20 years and the ninth in school history while giving the Paladins their most wins away from home (9) in 30 years.
Chattanooga has dropped its last four games to fall to 14-14 on the season, but the Mocs remain in a tie with Western Carolina for first place in the SoCon North Division with a 10-5 league mark. Omar Wattad and Ricky Taylor lead the Mocs averaging 14.9 and 13.2 points per game, respectively. Chattanooga enters Monday's game with a perfect 7-0 home record against SoCon opposition this season.
Monday's contest marks the 72nd all-time meeting between the schools with Chattanooga holding a 46-25 advantage. Furman, however, has won three straight against the Mocs, including an 85-59 triumph at Timmons Arena in the first meeting of the year with Chattanooga on January 22.
Regardless of the outcome of Monday's game, Furman can secure a second place finish in the South Division and a bye in the first round of the league tournament with a triumph over Wofford in its regular season finale at Timmons Arena this coming Saturday.
A win over Chattanooga on Monday and Wofford loss to the Mocs on Wednesday could also help Furman to a bye should it fall in the regular season finale. If the Paladins and Terriers split their regular season meetings and end with identical league records, the tiebreaker would eventually come down to RPI. As of Sunday, Furman stood at No. 114 according to www.realtimerpi.com while Wofford was ranked No. 145.
Paladin fans can follow all of the action versus Mocs with the "Voice of the Paladins" Chuck Hussion and color commentator Ron Smith on the Furman Sports Network at WGOG-FM 96.3 and WOLT-FM 103.3. Furman basketball can also be heard through Stretch Audio at www.furmanpaladins.com.