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Basketball Preview: Mocs on ESPN3 at Western Carolina Thursday

2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Chattanooga (16-13/10-4) at Western Carolina (17-12/10-4)
Game 30 | Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 | 7 p.m. | Ramsey Center | Cullowhee, N.C.

Season Stats | Schedule | Roster | Tickets (Home) | WCU

MEDIA AVAILABILITY
TV: ESPN3.com. Jack Connors (PxP), Jason Patterson (Analysis) & Tiffany Ervin (Sideline).

RADIO: The Mocs Sports Network flagship station is ESPN 105.1 FM the Zone in Chattanooga. Jim Reynolds is in his 34th season as the Voice of the Mocs.

VIDEOSTREAM: Links for live video (PPV), audio (free) and live stats are available on the GoMocs.com men’s basketball schedule page.

SOCIAL MEDIA
Follow the action on Twitter @GoMocsMBB. Get interactive using the hashtags #GoMocs and #CHAOS. Tag @GoMocsMBB with your photos from the game, well-wishes for the team and more.

It’s “I Love UTC” week on campus with a long list of scheduled activities. It comes with its own hashtag as well, #iloveutc.

NEXT UP
The Mocs complete the regular season Saturday (3/1) hosting App State.

OPENING TIPS
- The five byes for the Southern Conference Championship are set, but seeds 1-5 are still to be determined. Chattanooga is 10-4 tied for third with Wofford and Western Carolina (9-4). The Mocs hold tiebreaker advantages the squad finish tied second, third or fourth. Turn to page seven of the linked notes package for bracket and ticket info for the tourney which starts Friday, March 7.

- Chattanooga is 3-2 in televised contests this season.

- The Mocs are 59-22 all-time against Western Carolina, 48-19 in regular season conference games. For more series information, turn to page three of the linked notes package.

- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in blocks (5.1).

- Breaking down the season by 10-game intervals:

 

W-L

PPG/Opp

Reb Margin

FG%/Opp

3pt%/Opp

FT%/Opp

1st 10

4-6

82.4/77.7

+3.7

47.2/49.3

34.3/38.4

65.0/65.7

2nd 10

8-2

74.3/71.6

-0.2

42.0/44.4

33.2/32.2

73.4/70.5

Last 9

4-5

72.8/75.6

+0.2

42.0/46.9

31.3/33.1

73.6/69.2

Overall

16-13

76.6/74.9

37.0/35.8

43.9/46.8

33.0/34.2

70.7/68.2

- The Mocs are trying for the first series sweep of Western Carolina since 2004-05. It would be the 13th regular season sweep.

- Chattanooga’s 70.7 percent (540-764) from the free throw line is the best performance at the line since 73.5 percent (510-694) in 2003-04.

- Z. Mason leads the SoCon in rebounding (9.5), defensive rebounds (6.7) and blocks (3.0). He ranks nationally in top 25 nationally in double-doubles (T13th, 13), blocks (19th), rebounding (24th) and defensive rebounds (18th, 6.7).

SCORING
- The Mocs are second in the SoCon in scoring (76.6).

- The team is 49th nationally in scoring.
- Z. Mason is fourth in the league at 18.0 points per game. He is averaging a double-double (17.7 points & 10.3 rebounds) in SoCon contests.
- Casey Jones (19th, 12.2 ppg) and Gee McGhee (29th, 10.2) are also listed among the SoCon leaders.
- In SoCon games only, Mason (5th, 17.6 ppg), Jones (11th, 14.5 ppg) and Ronrico White (13th, 13.4 ppg) rank in the top 15.
- 20 20-point efforts this season: Mason (11 times), Jones (5 times), White (twice), Gee McGhee and Martynas Bareika have scored 20 or more points in a game this season. Mason has two with 30 or more.
- Best team average since 2003-04 (82.1).

BLOCK PARTY
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in blocked shots (5.1). That number increases to 6.1 per game in conference play.

- 147 blocks is the second-most in school history for a season behind 175 in 2001-02.
- The team has five or more blocks in 17 games.
- The Mocs are 40th in the country in blocked shots.
- Z. Mason is the obvious focus as the league leader in swats at 3.0 per contest. In 12 SoCon settings, he’s rejecting 3.6 per game.
- Mason’s 81 blocks are second-most on the all-time season list behind Neil Ashby (89, 2001-02).
- Mason’s 118 career blocks is tied for second all-time with Otis Donald (1998-00) with 118 behind Stanley Lawrence (1980-83) in first with 132.
- Tied for school record for blocks in a conference season (50 - Otis Donald, 1998-99). He’s nine (69) short of Donald (78) on the career list.

MASON CAREER NOTES
- Mason has 1,104 points, 640 boards and 118 blocks in his two-plus years as a Moc.

- ONLY Moc in school history to exceed 1,000 points, 500 boards and 100 blocks.
- Just the third DI era performer with 1,000 points and 600 rebounds (Nicchaeus Doaks, 2006-09 and Lance Fulse, 1985-88).
- Currently 13th in scoring, nine points behind Derrick Kirce (1990-91) with 1,113. Just 37 points separates Mason from ninth-0place Alphonso Pugh (2003-06).
- Currently fourth in rebounding, 13 short of Khalil Hartwell (2006-09) in third with 653.
- For career and season record watches along with career active leaders, turn to page nine of the linked notes package.

MASON DOUBLE-DOUBLE NOTES
- Mason has 13 double-doubles this season setting the DI era season record.

- He is tied for 12th in the nation in double-doubles. Jerrelle Benimon (Towson) leads with 18.
- Mason has six 20/10 games which is two behind of Keith 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 20 career double-doubles which ranks third behind Nelson (23) and Lance Fulse (21).

HEAD COACH WILL WADE
- Head Coach Will Wade is 16-12 in his first season as a head coach. He is Chattanooga’s 18th head coach, seventh of the DI era.

- Wade is 11-2 at home, 4-10 away and 1-1 in neutral site contests.

- He is 1-0 vs. Western Carolina, 10-4 vs. SoCon 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 CATAMOUNTS
- Western Carolina is 17-12 this season, 10-4 in the Southern Conference.

- The Catamounts are 11-1 at home, 6-1 in league play with the lone loss coming to Davidson (82-77).

- Head Coach Larry Hunter is 138-149 in his ninth season, 647-373 in his 23rd year as a head coach. He is 8-9 vs. the Mocs, 6-2 in Cullowhee.

- Trey Sumler leads WCU in scoring at 17.7 points per game and is the SoCon’s top assist man at 4.3 per contest. Brandon Boggs (11.6) and James Sinclair (11.3) also tally double digits for the Cats.

- Western paces the league in steals (7.8) and offensive rebound percentage (.353). The Mocs are second to it in both categories.

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