2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Chattanooga (15-9/9-1) at Eastern Kentucky (16-7)
Game 25 | Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 | 7 p.m. | McBrayer Arena | Richmond, Ky.
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The Mocs finish a stretch of three of four on the road at Samford (2/8) on Saturday.
- Chattanooga is No. 25 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 (1/27/14).
- The Mocs won 11 of their last 12 games. The last five wins have been by double digits.
- Chattanooga has played outside the conference in February just once over the last six seasons. That was a February 16, 2010 visit to Georgia Tech (62-53 loss). The squad twice played in ESPN BracketBusters (2005-at Creighton & 2007-at Jacksonville St.). Prior to that, you have to go back to February 23, 1998 for an out-of-conference February matchup.
- Last three home games accumulated an attendance of 16,333 which is more than all but two SoCon Schools have had all season.
- The Mocs lead the Southern Conference standings at 9-1. That’s a half-game lead over Davidson at 8-1, Wofford (6-3), Western Carolina (5-3) and Elon (5-3) round out the top five.
- Chattanooga is 9-1 to open SoCon play for the first time since a 9-1 beginning in 1996-97. It has been 10-1 four times (1981-82, 1982-83, 1984-85 & 1986-87)
- The Mocs are 1-1 in its history against Eastern Kentucky. Tuesday is their first visit to Richmond. For more series information, turn to page three in the linked notes package.
- Chattanooga is 80-79 vs. current OVC membership: 10-8 Austin Peay, 5-2 Belmont, 4-2 Eastern Illinois, 1-1 Eastern Kentucky, 15-4 Jacksonville State, 0-1 Morehead State, 2-6 Murray State, 0-1 SEMO, 19-14 Tennessee State, 16-40 Tennessee Tech & 8-0 UT Martin.
- The Mocs probable lineup tonight is 12-1. Wade has used just three different starting fives thus far.
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in scoring margin (+3.2), blocks (5.3) and turnover margin (+2.2). For its complete SoCon team and individual ranks, turn to page six in the linked notes package.
- Z. Mason leads the SoCon in rebounding (9.5) and blocks (3.0) ranking tied for 23rd and tied for 16th nationally, respectively, in those categories.
- Mason is averaging 19.1 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per contest over his last 13 games. He’s had 10 double-doubles during that stretch with five 20 & 10 performances (two 30 & 10).
- The Mocs are 11-1 since Ronrico White’s return to the playing rotation after the holiday break.
- White has just seven turnovers in his last 233 minutes at the point (1 every 33.3 min.). He has a 2.7 assist-turnover ratio over last 12 contests.
- Casey Jones is enjoying the New Year. Since the flip of the calendar he is averaging 15.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. He is shooting 60.8 percent (59-97) from the field and 75.0 percent (33-44) from the free throw line.
- Jones is second in the league in FG pct. (57.9%).
- The Mocs lead the SoCon in scoring margin (+3.2) and are second in scoring (76.9), 0.1 points behind Davidson.
- The team is tied for 59th nationally in scoring.
- Z. Mason is third in the league at 17.9 points per game. He is averaging a double-double (17.9 points & 10.8) in SoCon contests.
- Casey Jones (16th, 12.3ppg) is also listed among the SoCon leaders.
- In SoCon games only, Mason (4th, 17.6), Jones (12th, 15.1) and Ronrico White (16th, 13.9) rank in the top 20.
- Mason (7 times), Jones (4 times), White (twice) and Martynas Bareika have scored 20 or more points in a game this season. Mason has two with 30 or more.
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in blocked shots (5.3). That number increases to 7.0 per game in conference play.
- Z. Mason is the obvious focus as the league leader in swat at 3.0 per contest. In 10 SoCon settings, he’s rejecting 4.2 per game.
- The team has five or more blocks in 10 games in a row and in 15 overall this season.
- The Mocs are 37th nationally in blocked shots.
- Mason’s 67 blocks are second-most on the all-time season list behind Neil Ashby (89, 2001-02).
MASON CAREER NOTES
- Mason has 1,009 points, 592 boards and 104 blocks in his two-plus years as a Moc.
- On pace to be just the third DI era performer with 1,000 points and 600 rebounds (Nicchaeus Doaks, 2006-09 and Lance Fulse, 1985-88).
- ONLY Moc in school history to exceed 1,000 points, 500 boards and 100 blocks.
- Currently 18th in scoring, fourth in rebounding and fourth in blocks.
- Last Moc to record 600 rebounds: Nicchaeus Doaks, 821 & Khalil Hartwell, 653 2006-09
- For career and season record watches along with career active leaders, turn to page eight of the linked notes package.
MASON DOUBLE-DOUBLE NOTES
- Mason has 11 double-doubles this season. The DI era season record is 12 by Keith Nelson (1990-91) and Lance Fulse (1987-88).
- He is tied for eighth in the nation in double-doubles. Jerrelle Benimon (Towson), Scott Eatherton (Northeastern) and Roscoe Smith (UNLV) lead with 14.
- Mason has five 20/10 games which is three shy of Nelson’s mark of eight in 1990-91.
- Mason has two 30/10 games, one short of Johnny Taylor’s (2006-07) school record of three in 2005-06.
- Mason has 18 career double-doubles which ranks third behind Nelson (23) and Fulse (21).
HEAD COACH WILL WADE
- Head Coach Will Wade is 15-9 in his first season as a head coach. He is Chattanooga’s 18th head coach, seventh of the DI era.
- Wade is 10-1 at home, 4-7 away and 1-1 in neutral site contests.
- He is 0-0 vs. Eastern Kentucky, 0-1 vs. OVC 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 COLONELS
- Eastern Kentucky has emerged as one of the top programs in the Ohio Valley Conference. It is 16-7 overall, 7-3 in the OVC in second by a game behind Belmont (8-2).
- The Colonels are 9-1 at home with the lone loss coming to Murray State.
- Head Coach Jeff Neubauer is 159-119 in his ninth season. He is 1-1 vs. the Mocs.
- Glenn Cosey leads EKU averaging 19.1 points per game. Cosey is third in the OVC in scoring.
- He is joined in double digits by Corey Walden (13.1) and Marcus Lewis (11.0). Eric Stutz is the leading rebounder at 4.6 per contest.
- The Colonels lead the OVC in scoring margin (+9.1), FT Pct. (75.8), steals (9.2), TO margin (+6.5), A/TO ratio (1.4) and 3pt made per game (9.3). Cosey is first in 3pt made per game (3.4) and FT% (87.8).
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