College Basketball Preview: University of Virginia Wise vs. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 11/18/23

College Basketball Preview: University of Virginia Wise vs. UT Chattanooga, 11/18/23

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UVA Wise enters this game following a tough loss against Flagler, where they were limited to 27.3 percent shooting, resulting in a 68-56 defeat. Despite the setback, there were signs of resilience as UVA Wise closed the game on a 21-to-9 scoring spurt. This indicates a team with a strong fighting spirit, a quality they will need in abundance against a formidable UTC team.

Freshman Sarah Burton, who led the Cavs with 12 points and seven rebounds against Flagler, will be a crucial player. Her ability to score and rebound will be essential for UVA Wise to establish an inside presence against UTC.

On the other side, UTC comes off a dominant 70-45 victory over Tennessee Tech, showcasing their impressive defensive prowess by holding Tech to just two points in the first quarter. This defensive tenacity, coupled with their offensive firepower, makes them a formidable opponent.

Jada Guinn, celebrating a 15-point game against her former team, and Karsen Murphy, who matched her career-high with 14 points, are players to watch. Their scoring ability and experience will be key factors in UTC’s game plan.


2023 Regular Season, NCAA Conference Game
UVA Wise Cavs vs UT Chattanooga Mocs 
: November 18th | Time: 3:00pm EST
Location: McKenzie Arena – Chattanooga, Tennessee 
TV: ESPN+ | Stats: Go Mocs Athletics
TV Announcer(s): Gabriel Schray, Heath Thacker
The Varsity Network, WFLI Radio 
Radio Announcer(s)
: Jim Reynolds, N/A

UTC’s defense, which has been a cornerstone of their success, will be tested against UVA Wise’s resilience. The Cavs’ ability to break down UTC’s defense will be crucial. Offensive Execution: UVA Wise needs to improve their shooting efficiency, which was a concern against Flagler. UTC, on the other hand, will look to capitalize on their diverse offensive options. Rebounding: Sarah Burton’s presence on the boards for UVA Wise will be crucial in limiting UTC’s second-chance opportunities.

Tactical Insights:

  • UVA Wise might look to employ a more aggressive defense early in the game to disrupt UTC’s rhythm.
  • UTC will likely leverage their defensive strengths to force turnovers and capitalize on fast-break opportunities.
  • The battle for control in the paint will be critical, with both teams looking to establish an inside presence.

Players to Watch:

  • Sarah Burton (UVA Wise): Her performance on both ends of the court will be vital for UVA Wise.
  • Jada Guinn (UTC): Coming off a strong performance, her confidence will be high.
  • Karsen Murphy (UTC): Her scoring ability could be a game-changer.

UVA Wise, looking to bounce back from a defeat, faces a UTC team brimming with confidence. The key for UVA Wise will be to disrupt UTC’s rhythm early, while UTC will look to impose their defensive will from the get-go. In the end, while UTC enters as favorites, the determination of UVA Wise cannot be underestimated. This game promises to add another exciting chapter to the college basketball season.

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