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Hoops Preview: App State at Chattanooga Thursday

2012-13 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Appalachian State (7-8/3-1) at Chattanooga (7-10/2-2)
Game 18 | Thursday, Jan. 15, 2013 | 7 p.m. | McKenzie Arena | Chattanooga, Tenn.

LINKS
Media Guide | Schedule | Roster | Tickets (Home) | App State

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 (pay) & audio (free) are available online at GoMocs.com via MocsVision. Links for video, audio and live stats are available on the men's basketball schedule page.
PROMOTIONS: Chattanooga Food Bank Canned Food Drive. Free GA ticket with three canned food items - first 100 will get lower level tickets. Student Pep Rally at 5:45 p.m., inside McKenzie Arena.

NEXT UP
SoCon North leader Western Carolina join the Mocs on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.

OPENING TIPS
- Chattanooga returns home after an extended four-game road trip. Host Appalachian State (Thur.) and Western Carolina (Sat.) with both games scheduled for 7 p.m., tipoffs. WCU leads the Southern Conference North Division at 4-1, while App State is tied for second, a half-game back, at 3-1 with Samford. The Mocs are another game behind in fourth at 2-2.

- Canned food drive Thursday for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. All patrons bringing three or more canned food items receive free GA tickets. The first 100 will be awarded lower level seats. This can be done at the Gate One McKenzie Arena Ticket Office throughout the week, not just on gameday. There is also a Student Pep Rally Thursday at 5:45 p.m., inside the McKenzie Arena.

- Head Coach John Shulman is tied with Ron Shumate (1973-79) for No. 2 in UTC coaching history with 139 career wins. Mack McCarthy (1986-97) is first with 243.

- UTC has won five of its last seven games.

- The Mocs are 42-30 all-time against App State, 34-27 in regular-season SoCon matchups. The teams are 5-5 splitting the last 10 meetings with each defending their home court. Check out page 3 for more series notes.

- Chattanooga has won its last five home meetings with the Mountaineers.

- UTC's shooting numbers are on the rise. Breakdown between first 10 games and last seven:

Record

FGM-Att

FG%

3ptM-Att

3pt%

FTM-Att

FT%

Pts

Assists

2-8

212-555

.382

50-175

.286

150-239

.628

62.4

10.8

5-2

182-406

.448

40-129

.310

109-156

.699

73.3

14.3

- The Mocs lead the SoCon in rebounds per game (38.0) and offensive rebound percentage (.361) while ranking second in rebound margin (+4.4) and third in defensive rebound percentage (.714).

- Chattanooga has out-boarded opponents by 10 or more seven times thus far with a high of 30 against Reinhardt. The plus-21 at Kennesaw State is the top margin against a DI opponent. The squad was +13 on the boards (30-17) at Samford last Saturday. The last time the Mocs had eight or more +10 nights on the glass was 11 in 2008-09. The season record is 17 set by Shulman's first team in 2004-05.

- Chattanooga is 11th in the league in FT percentage (65.6%). In the first 36 minutes, it struggles at 60.5 percent (184-304). In the final four minutes of the game is where the squad excels shooting 82.4 percent (75-91). Z. Mason leads the way at 91.7 percent (22-24) followed by Ronrico White at 89.3 percent (25-28).

- Stat leaders over last 5 games (3-2):

 

Team

Ind.

Points:

67.4/-5.4

 Z. Mason, 15.6

Rebounds:

33.8/-0.4

Z. Mason, 6.4

Assists:

13.2

Ronrico White, 3.0

Blocks:

2.0

Z. Mason, 1.0

Steals:

6.6

Z. Mason, 1.8

FG%:

42.2

Drazen Zlovaric, 50.0

3pt%:

36.8

Farad Cobb, 36.4

FT%:

69.4

Ronrico White, 81.3

- Dontay Hampton made his season debut at The Citadel. Hampton scored 11 points with five rebounds, four assists and three steals. He hit his first shot attempt, a three-pointer in the first half. He made four of his first seven three-point attempts (57.1%).

- Freshman Gee McGhee has played 23 or more minutes in every game with a high of 33 (at Georgia Tech). He is the only student-athlete on the squad to do so averaging a team-best 28.5 minutes per contest. Mason is second at 26.2 minutes per game. McGhee is averaging 9.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and a team-high 1.4 steals per contest.

- White leads the squad in FT percentage at 79.7 percent (63-79). He has made 13 of his last 14 attempts (92.9%).

- McGhee and White are fourth and tied for fifth in the SoCon in FT attempts with 80 and 79, respectively. That leads all guards.

SOCON HISTORY
- UTC is 354-205 in SoCon regular season games - 216-62 at home, 138-143 on the road.

- Chattanooga has been the dominant program since joining the SoCon in 1977-78 after winning the 1977 NCAA Division II title.

- UTC has won 28 championships in 35 seasons in the league including 10 regular-season (prior to division play starting in 1994-95), eight division and 10 tournament. Davidson is second during that span with 19, 11 of which are of the division variety. 

- The Mocs 20 regular-season/tourney titles are far and away the most through those 35 campaigns followed  by East Tennessee State (now in Atlantic Sun) with nine (3 reg season/6 tourney) and Davidson (1 reg season/7 tourney) with eight.

- Chattanooga has won a title of some kind in 19 of its 35 years in the SoCon.

SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS             
- App State is 7-8 overall, 3-1 in the SoCon North.

- Jason Capel is 36-41 in his third year at ASU. He is 2-2 against UTC.

- Jay Canty paces five double-digit scorers for the Mountaineers at 15.3 points per game. Nathan Healy adds 14.3 points and a team-high 6.9 boards per contest.

- ASU has won five straight.

- App is 5-2 at home, 2-6 on the road.

- One common opponent thus far: High Point. ASU lost to the Panthers 86-64 at home in early November, while the Mocs claimed a 68-61 win in the opening round of the Dr Pepper Classic (12/28).

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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