Point guard Keegan Bell and the Mocs of UTC this month hope to turn their home court advantage at McKenzie Arena into another Southern Conference title and a ticket to the Big Dance.
The Mocs, plagued by ailments and injuries while leading their division most of this season, emerged as SoCon's basketball champion in both 2009 and 2005 when the conference's playoffs were also staged in the Scenic City.
By the end of February, few tickets in McKenzie's lower arena were left for SoCon's elimination event. Previous Scenic City tournaments have drawn up to 25,000 fans, with an economic impact exceeding
$1.3 million. The winner in Chattanooga will claim one of 68 berths in the NCAA's annual tournament known as March Madness.