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East Tennessee State Buccaneers vs. Chattanooga Moccasins - 3/18/14 CIT First Round

Chattanooga Moccasins (18-14) at East Tennessee State Buccaneers (18-15)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm (ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center)

The Line: East Tennessee State Buccaneers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 156.5 See the Latest Odds


The Chattanooga Mocs and East Tennessee State Buccaneers will play Tuesday night in the first round of the CIT. The Mocs finished second in the Southern Conference with an 18-14 record, while the Buccaneers finished fourth in the Atlantic Sun with an 18-15 record.

Chattanooga is an offensive team that averages 72.8 points on 42.2 percent shooting. The Mocs have four players averaging at least 10.2 points and are led by senior forward Z. Mason, who averages 18.3 points and 9.5 rebounds. Chattanooga has scored 80-plus points in four of its last seven games. Defensively, the Mocs allow 75.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Chattanooga is also a solid rebounding team, grabbing 37.2 boards per game. The Mocs are 13-10-3 ATS overall this season.

East Tennessee State Buccaneers vs. Chattanooga Moccasins - 3/18/14 CIT First Round

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East Tennessee State also relies on its offense to win games, averaging 75.8 points on 42.6 percent shooting. The Buccaneers have four players averaging at least 10 points and are led by junior guard Rashawn Rembert, who averages 16.8 points and 3.1 rebounds. East Tennessee State shoots 74.8 percent from the free throw line and 36.4 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, the Buccaneers allow 75.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are 1-1 ATS overall this season. 

The Mocs are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning SU record and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Buccaneers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Southern and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The favorite is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

Chattanooga has a size advantage of East Tennessee State and also has the better overall player in Mason, who can take over a game. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mocs won this game SU, but I’ll gladly take the points in a tournament game that should come down to the wire. 

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