2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Kennesaw State (1-4) at Chattanooga (2-1)
Game 4 | Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 | 7 p.m. | McKenzie Arena | Chattanooga, Tenn.
RADIO: The Mocs Sports Network flagship station is ESPN 105.1 FM the Zone in Chattanooga. Jim Reynolds is in his 34th year as the play-by-play “Voice of the Mocs”.
VIDEOSTREAM: The contest is available on MocsVision on GoMocs.com. Links for video (PPV), audio (free) and live stats are available on the men’s basketball schedule page.
PROMOTIONS: There is a halftime celebration of the career of local sport anchor Darrell Patterson. Patterson, a former “Voice of the Mocs”, served the Chattanooga market for nearly 40 years at WTVC-TV, News Channel 9.
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A five-game road trip awaits the Mocs. It starts Friday at Nevada before a Sunday visit to historic Pauley Pavilion at UCLA. The squad heads to the Las Vegas Invitational at Orleans Arena on Thanksgiving (Morehead State) and the following Friday (IUPUI/Gardner-Webb). The trip culminates in Athens, Ga., on Dec. 2 with a matchup at Georgia.
- Tonight is the final in a series of three home games in the first four this season.
- Chattanooga has a 4-1 series advantage against Kennesaw State.
- The two teams are meeting for the fourth season in a row with the road team winning each season. See page three for more series info.
- The Mocs are 92-94 against current Atlantic Sun membership: ETSU 42-32, Jacksonville 2-8, KSU 4-1, Lipscomb 9-17, Mercer 28-33 & Northern Kentucky 7-3. ETSU and Mercer are joining the SoCon in 2014-15.
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in eight categories: scoring (101.7 ppg), scoring margin (+36.3), rebounds (43.3), rebound margin (+9.7), blocks (7.3), steals (15.0), turnover margin (+13.3) and defensive rebound percentage (73.7%).
- Greg Pryor leads the SoCon in free throw percentage (100%). Well, technically he is tied except he’s made (16) more than twice as many as the next student-athlete (7) on the list. Pryor is 27th in scoring (12.0 ppg), tied for 15th in assists (2.7 apg) and tied for 11th in steals (1.7 spg). He has just one turnover on the season in 72 minutes of playing time at the point.
- Z. Mason is the conference leader in blocks (2.7 bpg) and is second in rebounding (9.0), while also ranking in scoring.
- Gee McGhee is seventh in the SoCon in scoring (17.3 ppg). He also ranks tied for ninth in assists (3.7 apg), sixth in free throw percentage (91.3%), tied for second in steals (2.7 spg) and eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.7).
- Lance Stokes is tied for second in the SoCon in steals (2.7), tied for 10th in blocks (1.0) and tied for 16th in rebounding (6.0).
- Casey Jones is tied for 11th in steals (1.7) and tied for 10th in blocks (1.0 bpg).
- Alex Bran is ninth in the conference in field goal percentage (57.9), fourth in 3pt percentage (58.3%) and tied for eighth in 3pt made per game (2.3).
- Martynas Bareika ranks among the league leaders in 3pt percentage (T8th, 50.0%) and 3pt made per game (T12th, 2.0).
- Eric Robertson is tied for seventh in steals (2.0 spg) and tied for 12th in 3pt made per game (2.0).
- T.J. Williams is 15th in the SoCon in rebounding (6.3 rpg) and tied for fifth in blocks (1.7 bpg).
HEAD COACH WILL WADE
- Head Coach Will Wade is 2-1 in his first season as a head coach. He is Chattanooga’s 18th head coach, seventh of the DI era.
- Wade is 2-0 at home, 0-1 away and 0-0 in neutral site contests.
- He is 0-0 vs. Kennesaw State, 0-0 vs. A-Sun teams.
- Wade is a 2005 graduate of Clemson. He has worked with current collegiate head coaches Larry Shyatt (Wyoming), Oliver Purnell (DePaul), Tommy Amaker (Harvard) and Shaka Smart (VCU) at Clemson, Harvard and VCU, respectively.
- Wade’s staff includes a former head coach, Wes Long (Queens, 2009-13), former Mocs standout Casey Long (2004-07) and Buffalo star Turner Battle. Casey Long was retained from the previous regime. He also welcomed back Mocs great Johnny Taylor (1996-97). Taylor, a Chattanooga native, led Chattanooga to the 1997 NCAA Sweet 16 before becoming the school’s first NBA first round draft selection (Orlando). Taylor completed a 15-year pro career and returned to the Scenic City to complete his degree in criminal justice.
SCOUTING THE OWLS
- Kennesaw State enters the game 1-4 with a win over Warren Wilson (92-48) sandwiched around losses to Youngstown State (73-57), Eastern Kentucky (68-60), FIU (66-58) and at Mississippi State (78-55).
- The Owls are members of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
- Lewis Preston is 7-59 in his third season as head coach. He graduated from VMI in 1993 and played against the Mocs in the SoCon.
- Junior guard Delbert Love leads KSU averaging 13.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest. He is shooting 47.8 percent from the field (22-46), 50.0 percent (14-28) and 83.3 percent (10-12) from the free throw line.
- Sophomore forward Orlando Coleman posts 10.2 points and a team-best 6.8 rebounds per game.
- Auburn transfers Bernard Morena (6’8) and Willy Kouassi (6’10”) provide the Owls with an imposing front line. There are six players on the roster 6’7” or taller.GoMocs.com is the official website of the Chattanooga Mocs. The Mocs can also be followed on their official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GoMocs) or on Twitter (@GoMocsMBB & @GoMocs). Find out how to join the UTC Mocs Club and support more than 300 student-athletes by clicking here.