GREENVILLE. S.C.--We had College of Charleston and Davidson on display last week as one of the league's top rivalries, and now the two programs that have had the most success in the Southern Conference will square off on the hardwood on Thursday evening.
SoCon unbeaten Davidson takes its act on the road to historically one of the toughest places to play in the Southern Conference, as the Wildcats travel to the Roundhouse to battle the Chattanooga Mocs in a key Southern Conference battle.
Chattanooga and Davidson remain the only two Southern Conference programs to have won 10 league tournament titles apiece. The Mocs and Wildcats have met four times in the league's title game, with each school winning a pair of those meetings. Chattanooga claimed wins in 1982 (69-58) and '95 (65-64), while Davidson posted wins in 2006 (80-55) and '86 (42-40).
Few will forget the 1986 and '94 meetings between the two schools which featured Davidson's Gerry Born sinking Chattanooga with a buzzer-beating jumper, while eight years later, brother Brandon Born would help the Mocs return the favor against the Wildcats with a big shot in the final moments to help Chattanooga to the 65-64 win.
There have been many other exciting battles between the Mocs and Wildcats over the years, both in the regular season as well as the league tournament. Chattanooga was won or tied for a league regular-season championship in 19 of 34 seasons as a league member, while winning 10 tournament titles. No one has had as much success as the Chattanooga basketball program.
Davidson has also won 10 tournament crowns, but has not had quite the success from a program standpoint as a whole. The Mocs and Wildcats have met 53 times previously coming into Thursday evening's contest, with Chattanooga holding a 32-21 all-time series edge.
In recent regular-season meetings, the Mocs and Wildcats played a thriller back on Dec. 13, 2008, when the Mocs traveled to Belk Arena to tangle with No. 22 Davidson in a key early-season SoCon clash. It was the North Division's top team against the South Division's top club. Davidson needed 41 points from Stephen Curry to hold off Stephen McDowell and visiting Chattanooga in getting a 100-95 win over the eventual Southern Conference title winners.
Chattanooga snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Wildcats last season, posting a 78-73 win at The Roundhouse, garnering its first win over the Wildcats since a 65-59 win over the Mocs in January of 2006 at McKenzie Arena.
The two teams ended up splitting the series last season, with the Wildcats evening the season series against Chattanooga with a 73-59 win at Belk Arena. The Mocs hold a 13-9 all-time series lead at The Roundhouse, while Davidson is 17-5 against the Mocs at Belk Arena.
Chattanooga comes into the contest having struggled of late, dropping its last three, including a heartbreaking 88-87 setback on Saturday evening at Elon, while Davidson posted its sixth-straight win with an 80-51 win over The Citadel on Saturday night.
Chattanooga was the preseason selection to win the SoCon's North Division, but after its third straight loss on Saturday night, the Mocs currently sit in fifth in the North Division, while South Division preseason favorite Davidson is a comfortable three-games ahead of the second-place Wofford.
We will also take a look of two other SoCon games in a full slate of games on Thursday night. Wofford travels to take on The Citadel in a key South Division tilt, while Elon looks to remain atop the North Division with a trip to Western Carolina on Thursday night. Other matchups include Furman traveling to College of Charleston, Appalachian State going to UNC Greensboro and Samford hosting Georgia Southern.