CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Emotion is always a primary concern for coaches when a team plays on senior day.
John Shulman doesn't figure to have that problem on Saturday night when the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga honors its four seniors before its regular season finale against Samford at McKenzie Arena.
"I think we're emotionless at this moment. We've had enough of it," the Mocs' head coach said on Friday, less than 24 hours after a loss at Furman cemented UTC's first 20-loss season of the Division I era. "It's hard to find that emotion because we've been kind of drained dry at this moment. But maybe that's a good thing because I'm telling you, I think our kids have been through enough."
Omar Wattad is one of those who will take the floor at The Roundhouse for the final time, but it's not yet known what he'll be wearing.
The senior guard, who is tied with Ricky Taylor for the team's top scoring honors at 12.7 points per game, sprained his ankle in the loss to the Paladins and is currently listed as "day-to-day."
"I don't know about him," Shulman said. "He turned his ankle and the first look at it I thought his foot had fallen off. But his foot is still attached to his body, so that's a good thing. He'll be limited today, but I'm not sure about his status tomorrow."
Fellow seniors Keegan Bell, Jahmal Burroughs and Taylor will be in the lineup for their final home game, though the circumstances surrounding it are far from what they expected at the beginning of the season.
In a season that's seen injuries, dismissals and an 0-14 record on the road, the Mocs have little riding on the line besides pride against the Bulldogs.
UTC has already locked up last place in the Southern Conference's North Division, meaning it will have to become the first team to win four games in four days at the SoCon Tournament in Asheville to reach the NCAA Tournament.
But that's next week's worries.
For now, Shulman just hopes a supportive crowd turns out Saturday night to honor a group of seniors who've been through it all at Chattanooga, both good and bad.
"Keegan's going to leave here the leading assist guy in the history of the program. Ricky is in the top five or six in scoring," he said. "The season hasn't gone as expected. That's obvious. But we still want it to be a special night to end their careers at McKenzie Arena on the right note."
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