2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Covenant (0-0) at Chattanooga (0-0)
Game 1 | Friday, November 8, 2013 | 5:30 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”.
MOCSVISION: Tonight’s game is available online at GoMocs.com via MocsVision. Links for video (PPV), audio (free) and live stats are available on the men’s basketball schedule page.
PROMOTIONS: Tonight’s game is a doubleheader with the opening of the Will Wade and Jim Foster Eras of Chattanooga Basketball. The men play the first game with the women hosting Alabama in the nightcap.
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Chattanooga hits the road to face Radford on Monday, November 11. Game time is at 7 p.m., in the first meeting with the Highlanders since an opening round Mocs win in the 1999 Dr Pepper Classic (70-56, 12/29/99).
- Chattanooga opens the Will Wade era with three of four games at home. Wade is the 18th head coach all-time, the seventh of the DI era (1977-78 to present).
- The Mocs return four starters and eight total letterwinners from last season’s squad.
- Chattanooga is 26-10 during the DI era in season openers. That mark includes 20-0 at home, 2-9 away and 4-1 on a neutral floor. The Mocs are 31-5 overall in their first home game of the season.
- The Mocs hold a 1-0 series advantage against Covenant. See page three for more series info.
- Chattanooga is 90-1 against non-DI competition since the move to DI in 1977-78. The lone loss was on December 16, 1999 to Southern Poly, 73-69.
- All 11 Southern Conference teams begin the 2013-14 season Friday, November 8.
- The Mocs opening lineup last season featured with just one student-athlete (Drazen Zlovaric) with more than one start. This year’s probable lineup to begin the campaign has 94 career starts, 87 in 2012-13.
- Chattanooga has a freshman likely starting in his first collegiate action in point guard Greg Pryor (Memphis, Tenn.). Last year’s squad had two - Gee McGhee (Baton Rouge, La.) and Casey Jones (New Orleans, La.). Prior to that, you had to go back to 2009-10 to find a freshman start - Josh Odem.
- It’s a busy weekend for the Chattanooga Mocs. Titled “Beat Week”, there are four major events taking place within a 24-hour period. While men’s basketball tips off against Covenant, the Mocs wrestling program opens against Wisconsin and Cumberland, with the Chattanooga women’s basketball team closing the evening with its matchup with Alabama. The SoCon-leading football squad closes the chaotic stretch hosting second-place Wofford at Finley Stadium Saturday at 2 p.m.
HEAD COACH WILL WADE
- Head Coach Will Wade is in his first season as a head coach.
- 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 an 15-year pro career and returned to the Scenic City to complete his degree in criminal justice.
As previously noted, Chattanooga returns four starters, although just three are available tonight. Z. Mason (Nashville, Tenn.), McGhee and Jones are all expected to open against Covenant. Last year’s point Ronrico White (Knoxville, Tenn.) is out with an injury.
- There is one senior on this year’s roster, preseason all-conference forward Z. Mason. Mason, a 2013 All-SoCon 3rd team media selection, led last year’s squad in scoring (14.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg). He is 384 points shy of 1,000 and 117 rebounds short of 500 for his career. There are seven Mocs (Brandon Born, Nicchaeus Doaks, Lance Fulse, David Phillips, Keith Nelson, Alphonso Pugh, Stanford Strickland) to accomplish the pairing in the DI Era (1977-78 to present). Only Nelson accomplished it in less than four seasons. This will be Mason’s third after transferring from Ole Miss football for the 2011-12 campaign.
- Mason ranked 7th in the SoCon in scoring, 4th in rebounding, 10th in FG% (48.9) and 9th in blocks (0.9).
- Gee McGhee returns after a strong first year that saw him capture SoCon All-Freshman honors. He led in minutes played (29.0 per game) posting 12.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest. He set freshman records for steals (43), 3pt FGM (38), FTM (120), FTA (196) and minutes played (927) in a season as well as FTM (13) and FTA (19) in a game (Elon, 2/23).
- McGhee’s 2012-13 SoCon Ranks: 20th in scoring and 10th in steals (1.3).
- Ronrico White is back after starting all 32 games in 2012-13. He tallied 10.2 points, 3.5 boards and 3.0 assists per game. White ranked 12th in the SoCon in assists and 5th in FT% (82.6).
- White set a school sophomore record for FTM (123) breaking Stanford Strickland’s (1981-84) 111 in 1982. He shot 94.4 percent (34-36) for the month of February.
- Three Mocs topped 100 free throws made last season, a first in the DI era. The trio - White (123), McGhee (120) and Mason (107) are the 28th, 29th and 30th student-athletes to eclipse the 100+ mark in the DI era. The last to do it was Doaks with 139 in 2008-09.
- Casey Jones and Lance Stokes (Orlando, Fla.) started a combined 22 times for the Mocs in 2012-13 (Jones 15, Stokes 7). Both had injury-plagued years with Stokes getting off to a good start in a reserve role before a foot injury derailed his season. Jones finished at a high level after returning from a December knee injury. Both will be looked to heavily in 2013-14.
- There are seven new faces, five of which are on the court this season. Forward T.J. Williams (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) is joined by guards Anthanee Doyle (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs), Greg Pryor (Memphis, Tenn./Ridgeway), Andrew Houts (Trenton, Ga./Chattanooga State C.C.) and Jay Wimbley (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park). Houts, a junior walk-on, is the only non-freshman of the bunch.
- Transfers Justin Tuoyo (Fayetteville, Ga./VCU) and Tre’ McLean (Charleston, S.C./Queens) are sitting out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Both have three years of eligibility remaining.
- Chattanooga has been the dominant program since joining the SoCon in 1977-78 after winning the 1977 NCAA Division II title.
- The Mocs have won 28 championships in 36 seasons in the league including 10 regular-season (prior to division play starting in 1994-95), eight division and 10 tournament. Davidson is second during that span with 21, 12 of which are of the division variety.
- Chattanooga's 20 regular-season/tourney titles are far and away the most through those 36 campaigns followed by East Tennessee State (re-entering the league in 2014-15) with nine (3 reg season/6 tourney) and Davidson (1 reg season/8 tourney) with nine.
- The Mocs have won a title of some kind in 19 of its 36 years in the SoCon.
- In 92 seasons, Chattanooga has had a winning record 51 times. In the 36 in the DI era, the Mocs has had 27 plus-.500 ledgers.
- The current all-time record is 1,193-980 with a 665-431 mark in the DI era. For more history information, click on the game notes link above.
SCOUTING THE SCOTS
- Tonight is the season opener for Covenant as well.
- The Scots are coming off a 13-11 campaign.
- Covenant is an NCAA DIII school competing in the USA South Conference.
- Head Coach Head Coach Kyle Taylor is 30-72 in his fifth season on the Scots’ bench.
- The squad returns two starters and nine letterwinners.
- The Scots return their leading scorer Colton McGriff (11.3 ppg) from a year ago.
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