CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The Chattanooga Mocs basketball team is in high gear preparing for the start of the 2013-14 season. Here are some notes as we await the opening tip in McKenzie Arena on Friday, November 8.
FIRST GLIMPSE OPENS EYES
Mocs fans got their first look at Chaos Saturday and it was a sight to behold. It was a well-attended event in the midst of a full day of Homecoming activities. The striking views included the incredible pace at which the team practices, the focus on defensive pressure and the emphasis on shooting.
ERIC ROBERTSON IS ON THE MOVE
Sophomore guard Eric Robertson (Huntsville, Ala.) has opened the eyes of the coaching staff with his work this fall.
“Eric’s been great offensively,” Head Coach Will Wade noted. “He’s about the best shooter we have. He can really, really shoot it and is playing with a lot of confidence right now on offense. He’s put in the work, and it’s starting to pay dividends.”
With the Mocs lack of depth at the point guard position, Robertson has spent time at both the one and two in camp.
“He’s become a more complete player,” Wade continued. “Eric’s worked some at point guard and a lot on his ball-handling. He’s diversified his game a bit…he has more layers to his game. It’s allowed him to be a better offensive player. The game’s slowed down for him now that he’s learned all the plays from the one and the two spot.”
The key for Robertson’s playing time, as with every position on the floor in Chaos, is further developing his defensive game and playing the tempo Wade wants on both ends of the floor.
We’re still working with him on defense…getting his motor going defensively. We want him to take the same sort of pride in his defense that he takes in his shot. He’s made strides there as well. He’s trying; we just need to get him to battle fatigue more.”
NEW RULES FOR 2013-14
Three new rules/areas of emphasis are in place for 2013-14 season. Here is a brief look at each:
This one is a brand-new rule. Now, if the any part of the ball is above the rim – RISING or FALLING – goaltending will be called.
A new interpretation of the block/charge rule is now in effect. The defense has to be set before the first upward motion of the offensive player. That means the offensive movement no longer is before he is airborne, rather the first motion to go up toward the basket.
Impeding the Ball-Handler
This is an area of emphasis. The gist is the referee(s) will call fouls when the ball-handler is being impeded from running the offense or attacking the defense.
“The idea is to bring more offense to our game,” Wade said. “It will be interesting to see how big an impact these will have, but it is important that we are aware and prepared for it.”
TICKETS ON SALE
Single-game tickets went on sale today at the McKenzie Arena Ticket Office. Season tickets are still available and you can purchase either at GoMocs.com or by calling (423) 266-MOCS (6627). Plenty of good seats remain in the newly-renovated lower bowl. Look for an announcement on Flex Plans soon.