Let's look ahead to Robert Morris, the fourth D1 opponent on the Mocs schedule. The Mocs will play the Colonels on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, November 26, at noon. The game will be part of the Battle 4 Atlantis on the mainland in Chattanooga. It will be the Mocs first home game against a D1 opponent.
Robert Morris has been one of the more successful mid-majors in the last seven years. They are 163-81 over that span. This is going to be a tough match-up for the Mocs against a quality mid-major. This team went 14-2 in the NEC last year. The Mocs definitely need to be ready for this one and the fans should be excited for this one.
Robert Morris has Lucky Jones. He is 16th all time in scoring and sixth in rebounds. He needs just ninety rebounds to become the school's all time leading rebounder. He is one of the Colonels all time best players. He should be enjoyable to watch.
Two other starters are back, David Appolon and Stephan Bennett. Neither averaged more than five points per game a year ago. Charles Oliver is another top returning player, averaging 6.3 points per game.
The team lost a lot off of last year's team that did so well in the NEC, but to ocun the Colonels out would be a huge mistake. Jones is a very good player, and a wing player. Casey Jones might be the player that needs to step up and guard Lucky Jones. Jones on Jones should be an interesting match-up.
This will be the Colonels fifth game. They will have played Lafayette, North Carolina, Bradley and Georgetown. In other words, the Colonels will be hungry to come up with some wins. They will have played some very tough games that will not necessarily reflect how good this team is. This will be an opportunity for both the Mocs and Colonels to get a big win early in the season.
Robert Morris is expected to finish in the upper division of the NEC, though not at the top. It should be interesting to see how good this team is. This game will be a test for the Mocs and show just how good they are right now. This will be a big moment of truth for the Mocs to see just where they stand. Defending the home court is critical for the Mocs. This will be a test to that. If the Mocs don't beat Tennessee Tech, there is a chance they come in having lost three straight. That will make the Battle 4 Atlantis critical, and this is the first step in that battle.
With no Dr Pepper Classic this year, the Mocs will be looking to win an out of conference tournament on their home court around a major holiday. This is the first step. We'll really start figuring out who the Mocs are in this one.