2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Chattanooga (1-0) at Radford (0-1)
Game 2 | Monday, November 11, 2013 | 7 p.m. | Dedmon Center | Radford, Va.
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”.
VIDEOSTREAM: The contest is scheduled to stream on the Big South Network. Links for video (PPV), audio (free) and live stats are available on the men’s basketball schedule page.
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Chattanooga returns home to host Montreat on Saturday with a 7 p.m., start. The Cavaliers are coached by former Mocs guard Lincoln Walters (1995-98).
- There are a lot of firsts with a new coach and new direction for a program. Monday’s game is no exception with the first road game of the Will Wade era. The schedule is kind with three of the first four games at home.
- The level of familiarity heading into Monday couldn’t be much higher. Wade and Radford Head Coach Mike Jones were assistants together on Shaka Smart’s staff at VCU. The duo were a part of the Rams’ Final Four run spending two seasons together (2009-10, 2010-11).
- Friday’s win over Covenant improved Chattanooga’s record in season openers to 27-10 during the DI era, 21-0 when starting the season at home.
- Life away from home is never easy. The Mocs have lost 10 straight road openers. The last win in our first away game was November 22, 2002 at Samford (W, 68-66).
- Chattanooga has a 1-0 series advantage against Radford. See page three for more series info.
- The Mocs are 53-13 against current members of the Big South Conference. The most frequent opponent is VMI which was a member of the SoCon for many years and returns next season. We are 37-11 against the Keydets. Other records include: 1-0 vs. Charleston Southern, 1-0 vs. Coastal Carolina, 0-1 vs. Gardner-Webb, 1-0 vs. High Point, 2-1 vs. Liberty, 2-0 vs. Longwood, 6-0 vs. UNC-Asheville, 2-0 vs. Presbyterian and 1-0 vs. Radford. We have never faced Campbell or Winthrop out of the 12-team league.
- Seven student-athletes scored in double digits in the runaway win over Covenant. In fact, all 10 available players scored six or more points.
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in scoring (119.0 ppg), scoring margin (+63), field goal percentage defense (27.8%), blocks (10.0), assists (22.0), steals (19.0) and turnover margin (+17).
- Gee McGhee leads the SoCon in assists (7.0), while tying for the lead with teammates Greg Pryor, Eric Robertson and 19 others in free throw percentage (100%). He is among the leaders in scoring (T10, 19.0), steals (T6, 3.0) and assist/turnover ratio (9, 3.5).
- Z. Mason is the conference leader in blocks (5.0), while also ranking in scoring (T16, 16.0) and rebounding (11th, 8.0)
- Pryor also ranks among the SoCon leaders in scoring (T22, 14.0), assists (T7, 4.0), steals (T2, 4.0) and assist/turnover ratio (T5, 4.0).
- Lance Stokes is first in the league in steals (5.0 and ranks among the leaders in scoring (T25, 13.0), blocks (T4, 2.0) and field goal percentage (T5, 80.0%).
- Eric Robertson is tied for the SoCon lead in assist/turnover ratio with three assists and no turnovers. He is also ranked in scoring (T25, 13.0), rebounding (T17, 6.0), blocks (T6, 1.0) and steals (T13, 2.0).
- Martynas Bareika ranks among the SoCon leaders in scoring (T28, 12.0), 3pt percentage (5, 75.0), 3pt made per game (T4, 3.0), field goal percentage (T14, 66.7), steals (T13, 2.0) and rebounding (T17, 6.0).
- T.J. Williams ranks among the SoCon leaders in rebounding (T3, 11.0), blocks (T6, 1.0) and field goal percentage (T9, 75.0). He is tied for the lead in defensive rebounds with nine.
- Casey Jones ranks among the league leaders in steals (T13, 2.0) and blocks (T6, 1.0).
- Alex Bran is among the leaders in 3pt percentage (T10, 50.0) and made per game (T8, 2.0).
HEAD COACH WILL WADE
- Head Coach Will Wade is 1-0 in his first season as a head coach. He is Chattanooga’s 18th head coach, seventh of the DI era.
- 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 HIGHLANDERS
- Radford opened the season on Friday as well with a 76-54 loss at George Washington.
- The Highlanders are coming off a 13-19 season.
- Radford plays in the Big South Conference where it finished tied for third in the North Division a year ago.
- The previously mentioned Mike Jones is 19-46 in his third year.
- Ya Ya Anderson leads the Highlanders with 15 points.
- Kion Brown adds nine points and is tied for team-high honors at five boards.
- Radford shot 33.3 percent (20-60) from the field, 23.8 percent (5-21) from 3pt range and 42.9 percent (9-21) at the free throw line.
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