Freshman Casey Jones.
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UTC Hoops Preview: Eastern Ky at UTC Saturday

MEDIA AVAILABILITY
TV: N/A
RADIO: The Mocs Sports Network flagship station is ESPN 105.1 FM the Zone in Chattanooga. Jim Reynolds is in his 33rd year as the play-by-play "Voice of the Mocs".
MOCSVISION: Video (PPV) & audio (free) is available online at GoMocs.com via MocsVision. Links for video, audio and live stats are available on the men's basketball schedule page.
PROMOTIONS: Autograph session after the game. 

TICKET DEALS
- Youth Day! All youths eighth grade or younger admitted free with paying adult.
- Holiday Flex Plans: 12-game voucher ($99) or 20 games ($199 includes 20 snack vouchers). Vouchers can be used for any game or combination of games throughout the rest of the season for men's or women's contests (i.e. - use 4 for Mercer game, then 2 for Reinhardt and then 3 each for Dr Pepper Classic =12 vouchers). Check out GoMocs.com for more details.
- Call 266-MOCS (6627), click the ticket link above or stop by the McKenzie Arena ticket office (Gate 1 pre-gameday). Gates open at 6 p.m. 

UTC MOCS CLUB/ALUMNI EVENT IN ATLANTA JANUARY 2ND
The UTC Mocs Club and the UTC Alumni Association are hosting a pregame reception for all fans at STATS restaurant in Atlanta prior to the UTC-Georgia Tech men's basketball game. The event begins at 5 p.m. and concludes at 6:30. The cost to attend the reception is $25 and includes an appetizer buffet of cheeseburger sliders, spinach and artichoke dip, roasted vegetables and spicy buffalo wings, as well as one drink ticket. There is a cash bar during the event. We are also offering a package where you can attend the reception and get a game ticket for $35. To RSVP, contact the UTC Mocs Club office at 423-425-4233, or click here to sign up online. The last day to RSVP is December 28th.

NEXT UP
Chattanooga travels to LSU on Tuesday, December 11, before returning to McKenzie Arena Sunday, December 16, to host Mercer at 3 p.m.

OPENING TIPS
- Just the second meeting in the series between the two schools. The first one was December 30, 2009, a 68-54 Chattanooga win in the Dr Pepper Classic Championship game. Series note on page 3.

- UTC owns a rebounding margin of 10.0 per game which leads the SoCon and ranks No. 17 in the country (as of 12/2).

- The Mocs are tough on the glass at both ends of the floor. The team paces the SoCon in offensive rebound percentage (.415) and is second to UNCG in defensive rebound percentage (.753).

- Chattanooga is tied for seventh in the country in offensive boards per game (16.3) with Ole Miss through games of Wednesday, December 5.

- The Mocs have grabbed 12 or more offensive rebounds in seven straight contests to open the season. The last time they did that was in 2010-11 (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) recording 12 or more eight times in a row (Louisville through Reinhardt). The one break was 11 against Montreat on Dec. 28, 2010 for a run of 13 in 14 games.

- UTC has out-boarded opponents by 10 or more four times thus far.

- In the last three games, Chattanooga has attempted just 29 three-pointers, 9.7 per game (10 - LA Tech, 7 at KSU, 12 - Davidson). Last time the team shot as few as 12 was December 20, 2008 at Mississippi Valley State (12). You have to go back to 2007 to find the last occurrence of 29 or fewer three-pointers hoisted in a two-game stretch (27 - 20 vs UNCG, 2/24 & 7 vs. Wofford, 2/28).

- The Mocs turned the ball over just 12 times against Davidson, the second lowest total of the season (10 vs. SEMO). That came after back-to-back games with 20+ (24 vs. LA Tech, 23 at KSU).

- Drazen Zlovaric leads the league and is tied for 48th nationally (thru 12/5) in offensive rebounds per game (3.4).

- Ronrico White is eighth in the SoCon in free throws attempted (38). There is just one other guard (Trey Sumler, WCU, T10, 32) in the top 10.

- Z. Mason has averaged 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks per game over the last two. He has made 54.5% (12-22) of his shot attempts over that span after starting the year at 40.4% (19-47).

- Freshman Gee McGhee is averaging 12.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game over the last five. He scored in double digits in each of the last three games posting 15.3 points, 2.7 boards, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals per contest.

- McGhee opened the season shooting 24.2% (8-33) from the field, 15.4 percent (4-26) from 3pt range and 30.8% (4-13) on free throws in his first four games. In the last three, he's made 14 of 32 shots (43.8%) including five of 12 (41.7%) and 13 of 17 (76.5%) from the charity stripe.

- McGhee has played 24 or more minutes in every game with a high of 31 (Troy). He is the only student-athlete on the squad to do so.

- White is posting 10.5 ppg making 50% (4-8) from beyond the arc over the last four games.

OVC HISTORY 
The Mocs have a long history of games with the Ohio Valley Conference. There are two scheduled matchups this year (SE Missouri, Eastern Kentucky) with another possible (Austin Peay) on the second day of the Dr Pepper Classic.

- UTC is 80-77 vs. current OVC opponents. (Austin Peay 10-8, Belmont 5-2, Eastern Illinois 4-2, Eastern Kentucky 1-0, Jacksonville State 15-4, Murray State 2-6, SE Missouri 0-1, Tennessee State 19-14, Tennessee Tech 16-40, UT-Martin 8-0).

- Shulman is 7-6 against OVC squads.

SCOUTING THE COLONELS
- Eastern Kentucky is 8-0 on the year, 1-0 on the road.

- Jeff Neubauer is 126-102 in his seventh season on the bench at EKU. He is 0-1 against the Mocs.

- The Colonels opened the season with seven straight wins at home before Tuesday night's win at North Carolina Central.

- There is one common opponent to date as EKU toppled Kennesaw State by 14 (85-71) in Richmond, while UTC traveled to KSU for its 14-point triumph, 65-51.

- Eastern Kentucky owns wins over Towson (71-69 OT), Western Carolina (72-70) and 2012 NCAA Cinderella Norfolk State (68-44) among others.

- Glenn Cosey leads a potent offensive attack at 17 points per game making 51.1 percent of his shot attempts including 45.7 percent from three-point range.

- EKU makes 49.7 percent from the field, 36.3 percent from three-point range and 73.0 percent from the free throw line.

MURRAY ARNOLD
The Chattanooga Mocs lost a legend on Nov. 14, 2012 as former Head Coach Murray Arnold passed away in Florida. He laid the DI championship foundation coaching for six years, 1980-85, with a 135-46 record. He coached collegiately at four institutions (Birmingham Southern, Western Kentucky and Stetson) amassing a 420-229 mark in 22 seasons. The Mocs captured four SoCon Championships in six UTC campaigns advancing to three NCAA Tournaments and two NITs reaching the Elite 8 (NIT) in 1985 and narrowly missing the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1982.

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