2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Chattanooga (10-8/4-0) at Appalachian State (4-12/0-3)
Game 19 | Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 | 7 p.m. | Holmes Center | Boone, N.C.
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The squad moves on to Wofford on Saturday (Jan. 18) tipping off at 7 p.m.
- Chattanooga is alone atop the Southern Conference standings at 4-0, a half-game ahead of Western Carolina and Davidson. The 4-0 start is the best since 2010-11 which was a 7-0 beginning.
- The Mocs are on a six-game win streak. It’s the longest stretch since winning six straight from December 21, 2009 through January 14, 2010. The last time the squad ran off seven in a row was in 1998-99 (12/15/98-1/4/99).
- Chattanooga is 43-31 (.581) in its history against Appalachian State with the first game coming in December 1977. They have split the season series for the last six years with each winning at home. The last win in Boone was January 16, 2006 (73-57). For more series information, turn to page three of the notes package.
- The Mocs are 364-213 (.631) all-time in SoCon regular season play, 141-148 (.488) on the road.
- A Chattanooga student-athlete has had a career-high in points in the last three games. It started with Z. Mason’s 30 at The Citadel followed by 28 from Ronrico White in the home win over Samford. Casey Jones extended the streak last Saturday with 23 against Wofford.
- Mason (6 times), White (twice), Jones (twice) and Martynas Bareika have scored 20 or more points in a game this season. Mason has two with 30 or more.
- Mason has three double-doubles in four league games. His seven overall ranks 19th in the nation.
- Mason scored in double digits in each of last seven games. He’s tallied 19.0 points and 11.7 rebounds per contest over that stretch.
- Mason is the SoCon block leader at 2.7 per game. He’s had three or more in the last six, including a career-best six at Furman, posting a 4.2 average.
- Behind Mason, the Mocs (4.8 bpg) lead the league in blocked shots.
- Mason’s career averages in three meetings with App State: 13.0 points and 9.0 boards per game.
- Chattanooga is 6-0 since White’s return to the playing rotation after the holiday break. Over that span, he has topped double figures each game averaging 16.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 24.8 minutes per game. He is shooting 45.6 percent (26-57) from the field including 48.0 percent (12-25) from 3pt range in those contests.
- White has made 29 of his last 32 free throws (90.6%).
- White has just two turnovers in his last 70 minutes at the point.
- White’s career average vs. App State (4 games): 11.3 points and 2.0 assists per game.
- Jones has scored in double digits in five in a row. His averages during that stretch are 16.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest.
- Jones is second in the league in FG percentage at 59.7 percent. He is shooting 74.0 percent (37-50) over the last five.
- Jones had 16 points (7-8 FG) and four rebounds in last year’s game at App State.
- Mason has seven double-doubles this season including two 20/10 games. That’s one shy of Johnny Taylor’s school record of three in 2005-06. Lance Fulse (1987-88) and Keith Nelson (1990-91) own the season double-doubles mark with 12.
- Mason has 14 career double-doubles which ranks behind Keith Nelson (23, 1991-92), Lance Fulse (21, 1985-88), Nicchaeus Doaks (17, 2006-09), Taylor (16, 1996-97) in the DI era. That’s tied with Mindaugas Katelynas (14, 2004-05).
- Mason has 916 points and 528 for his two-plus years as a Moc. For career and season record watches along with career active leaders, turn to page eight of the notes package.
- Chattanooga also leads the SoCon in scoring (78.7), rebounds (37.3), steals (8.1), turnover margin (+2.2) and offensive rebound pct (36.5%).
- For complete SoCon team and individual ranks, turn to page six of the notes package.
- The Mocs rank in the top 50 nationally in scoring (47th) and steals (38th). Mason is 33rd in blocks and 48th in rebounding.
HEAD COACH WILL WADE
- Head Coach Will Wade is 10-8 in his first season as a head coach. He is Chattanooga’s 18th head coach, seventh of the DI era.
- Wade is 7-1 at home, 2-6 away and 1-1 in neutral site contests.
- He is 0-0 vs. App State, 4-0 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 MOUNTAINEERS
- Appalachian State is 4-12 overall, 0-3 in SoCon play.
- Common opponents: Georgia (both lost).
- The Mountaineers have wins over Lees-McRae, North Greenville, Milligan and Bluefield.
- 4-3 at home with lone SoCon loss in home center coming at the hands of UNCG last Thursday (66-60).
- Head Coach Jason Capel is 48-61 in his 4th season. He is 3-3 vs. the Mocs, 3-0 at home.
- Jay Canty leads the Mountianeers averaging 17.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest. He shoots a robust 47.1 percent from the field, 44.4 percent from 3pt range and 78.3 percent from the charity stripe.
- Tab Hamilton (13.2), Tevin Baskin (11.7) and Mike Neal (10.4) also average in double digits.
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