University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men vs. UNC Greensboro at McKenzie Arena
Time: 7 p.m.
Video/radio: ESPN+/96.1 FM
Likely lineups (with heights and scoring averages in parentheses)
UTC (11-14, 5-6 Southern Conference)
Projected starters: F Kevin Easley (6-6, 14.7); G David Jean-Baptiste (6-1, 8.6); G Jerry Johnson Jr. (6-1, 10.3); F Jonathan Scott (6-4, 6.7); F Ramon Vila (6-8, 10.7).
Key reserves: C Thomas Smallwood (7-0, 6.5); G Donovann Toatley (5-9, 11.7).
UNCG (21-3, 10-1)
Projected starters: G Francis Alonso (6-3, 16.7); F James Dickey (6-10, 7.3); F Kyrin Galloway (6-8, 9.8); G Isaiah Miller (6-0, 15.0); G Demetrius Troy (6-0, 8.2).
Key reserves: F Eric Hamilton (6-9, 7.9); G Kaleb Hunter (6-4, 7.3).
UTC ended a four-game losing streak with a 71-70 victory Thursday night at Virginia Military Institute, escaping with the win after the Keydets' last-second shot fell off. Smallwood had his best game as a Moc with 16 points, including a 3-pointer from the corner that gave his team the lead late. The Mocs lost 85-72 to UNCG on Dec. 29, when the Spartans' Miller came off the bench to score 21 points and make six steals. Vila had one of his best games with the Mocs by scoring 18 points at UNCG.
UNCG continued to use its superior depth to win another SoCon game, outlasting Samford 75-67 Thursday in Greensboro despite shooting only 43 percent from the field, making only 10 of 29 attempts from 3-point range and committing 15 turnovers. Miller had 22 points in the win, has shot a stout 51.5 percent from the field this season and leads the team with 66 steals. Alonso is right behind with 63 steals and is second to Troy in assists.
The Spartans own an impressive plus-6 turnover margin per game, and while the Mocs haven't been turning the ball over at an alarming rate, they seem to lead to opposing team points and often spark deep runs. Keeping the active UNCG backcourt from causing miscues is job No. 1 today as the Mocs look for a signature SoCon win.