Contact: Matthew Sligh
Men's Head Basketball Coach
Sept. 10, 2014
The Motlow Bucks have released their 2014-15 basketball schedule and will open the regular season on Friday, Oct. 31, when they host Snead State at Copperweld Arena on Motlow's Moore County campus. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The schedule features 28 regular season contests and four preseason scrimmages. Following the regular season, the Bucks will join the other nine Tennessee community colleges who are members of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) for the conference tournament at Southwest Tennessee in Memphis. The winner of the conference tournament will advance to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.
The Bucks are coming off a 14-14 season in their first year under Head Coach Matt Sligh. Sligh welcomes 10 new recruits to the program while retaining seven players from last season, including All-American point guard Dequon Miller.
"We are extremely excited about this year's schedule," said Sligh. "The TCCAA is gaining national attention for not only the high level individual talent but also for several championship-caliber programs. It is full of coaches who have won titles.
"Every coach across the country promotes their conference as one of the toughest, but this year's TCCAA conference race will be one to remember. I think there will be a heightened sense of urgency throughout the league that should make for some memorable games."
The longest home stand of the season consists of four games and is on the front end of the schedule, beginning with the opener against non-conference opponent Snead State from Boaz, Ala. TCCAA play begins the next weekend, with Jackson State visiting Friday night and Columbia State coming to Lynchburg on Saturday, Nov. 8.
The longest road trip is only three games and takes place in mid-January with three straight conference games, beginning with Dyersburg State on Jan. 16 and ending with a visit to Gallatin to face Volunteer State a week later.
Highlights of the schedule include the home game on Nov. 8 against Columbia State and the return trip to Columbia to face the Chargers on Feb. 21, the final game of the regular season. Columbia State is the defending TCCAA champion and eliminated the Bucks 122-121 in double overtime in last year's conference tournament in Harriman, TN.
Additional non-conference games that stand out are a road trip to Marianna, Fla., on Tuesday, Dec. 16, to face national powerhouse Chipola College, and a home-and-home series with Wallace State Community College from Hanceville, Ala. Wallace State was Region 22 champion and a national tournament participant last season.
"Playing a home-and-home with defending Alabama Community College Conference champion Wallace State-Hanceville, as well as a program on the rise in Snead State, will give our guys a great opportunity to compete at a high level," Sligh continued. "Also, returning to Florida for the second year in a row and playing a national power in Chipola is excellent exposure for our team."
The Bucks will open their scrimmage schedule on Oct. 14 when they visit Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn. Motlow will then travel to Atlanta for the prestigious JUCO Jamboree, which features some of the top teams in the nation. The only home scrimmage is an Oct. 24 contest against Lee University.
"We hope our scrimmages and non-conference opponents will prepare our team as conference play opens in early November," added Sligh.
Start times for home and away regular season games are 7:30 p.m. on weeknights, including Friday, and 4 p.m. for Saturday games. All conference games will include a women's contest two hours prior to the men's game. There is no admission charge for Motlow College home games and a fully stocked concession stand is always open.
"I hope our local community takes advantage of our free admission to all home games," Sligh added. "Our players and staff always appreciate the support, and ours is a very entertaining brand of basketball."
Most Motlow home games will be broadcast live on Tullahoma's The Ticket sports radio. Listeners can tune in on the radio at 105.1 FM and AM 740, on the internet at www.theticketradio.com, on a smartphone using the free Tune-In Radio app, and in Tullahoma on LightTUBe channel 11. Video replays can be seen on LightTUBe channel 23.
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