Long Island (4-6) at Chattanooga (6-6)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, December 29th, 8:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McKenzie Arena (11,218) -- Chattanooga, Tennessee. Television: None. Home Record: Long Island 4-1, Chattanooga 4-2. Away Record: Long Island 0-5, Chattanooga 1-3. Neutral Record: Long Island 0-0, Chattanooga 1-1. Conference Record: Long Island 0-0, Chattanooga 0-1. Series Record: Chattanooga leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Chattanooga Mocs are set to play host to the Long Island Blackbirds as part of the Dr. Pepper Classic.
Long Island has suffered three consecutive defeats to fall to 4-6 overall, and the team enters tonight's tilt with an 0-5 mark in true road games. The Blackbirds have been idle since December 19th when they fell to Manhattan in a 71-61 final. Members of the Northeast Conference, the Blackbirds have yet to play a league game.
As for Chattanooga, a Southern Conference squad, it is 0-1 in league action and 6-6 overall. The Mocs managed to halt a two-game skid on December 21st with an 84-52 romp over Tennessee Temple and they have been idle since. There is reason for optimism tonight, as the club is 4-2 at home thus far.
Chattanooga won its only previous meeting with Long Island.
Taking a look at the loss to Manhattan, Long Island finished with eight assists and 16 turnovers while shooting 38.2 percent from the field. A dismal 4-of-19 effort from three-point range hurt the cause for the Blackbirds, who lost despite limiting the Jaspers to 39 percent shooting from the field. Jaytornah Wisseh played well in defeat for Long Island, as he posted 23 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. Wisseh is the only double-digit scorer on the roster for the Blackbirds, as he is averaging 17.9 ppg to go along with 50 assists. As a team, Long Island is generating a modest 67.1 ppg on 40.1 percent field goal efficiency, and the club is allowing 72.3 ppg.
Chattanooga dominated both ends of the court in its most recent outing, as the club connected on 54.5 percent of its field goal attempts while limiting Tennessee Temple to 29.5 percent shooting. DeAntre Jefferson scored 13 points and pulled down nine points off the bench for the Mocs, who got 12 points from Ty Patterson. Jeremy Saffore contributed 11 points, while Jeff Smith and Ricky Taylor finished with 10 points apiece. Chattanooga did turn the ball over 21 times, bit strong play in other aspects of the contest overshadowed those miscues. Patterson has only played four games this season, but he is scoring 16.5 ppg to lead the team. Josh Odem is the only other double-digit scorer with 10.6 ppg. The Mocs are generating 71.3 ppg while allowing 73.0 ppg.
Go with the home team in this game, as Chattanooga will jump on top early and never trail in the second half.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Chattanooga 70, Long Island 60
12/29 10:35:36 ET