2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Chattanooga (2-2) at Nevada (2-2)
Game 5 | Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 | 10:05 p.m. | Lawlor Center | Reno, Nev.
RADIO: The Mocs Sports Network flagship station is ESPN 105.1 FM the Zone in Chattanooga. Josh Caray will handle the play-by-play for the squad’s west coast excursion.
VIDEOSTREAM: The contest is available on MocsVision on GoMocs.com. Links for video (free from NevadaWolfPack.tv), audio (free) and live stats are available on the men’s basketball schedule page.
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Friday is the start of a five-game road trip. UCLA awaits the Mocs Sunday in historic Pauley Pavilion. The squad heads to the Las Vegas Invitational at Orleans Arena on Thanksgiving (Morehead State) and the following Friday (IUPUI/Gardner-Webb). The trip culminates in Athens, Ga., on Dec. 2 with a matchup at Georgia.
- First of five straight on the road with the first four coming on a western swing starting at Nevada. It’s Chattanooga’s first game in the state since the 2006 Las Vegas Invitational. That year, it lost by one to Towson (57-56) before beating Prairie View A&M (79-66).
- Friday’s game is available online on NevadaWolfPack.tv at no charge.
- The Nevada and UCLA games are precursors to this season’s Continental Tire Las Vegas Invite. The Mocs’ Sin City bracket includes Morehead State, IUPUI and Gardner-Webb. The other side has UCLA, Nevada, Missouri and Northwestern.
- This is the first meeting with Nevada. The Mocs are 0-1 against current Mountain West membership with a 76-65 loss to Colorado State in the 2006 Dr Pepper Classic title game in Chattanooga.
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in four categories: blocks (7.5), steals (13.3), turnover margin (+8.3) and offensive rebound percentage (40.3%).
- Z. Mason is the conference leader in blocked shots. He averages 2.8 per game and already has 11 on the young season. He had 29 last year and came into 2013-14 with 37 for his career. The most he’s had in a four-game stretch in the past is eight blocks (11/24-12/11 in 2012).
- Mason ranks among the league leaders in scoring (T16, 13.0 ppg) and rebounding (2nd, 8.3 rpg).
- Gee McGhee is seventh in the SoCon in scoring (17.5 ppg). He also ranks 11th in assists (3.0), 11th in free throw percentage (83.9%), third in steals (2.5 spg) and 11th in assist/turnover ratio (1.2).
- McGhee has led the Mocs in scoring each game with 19, 17, 16 and 18 points in those respective contests. He recorded his first career double-double Tuesday night with a career-best 10 boards to go with his 18 points.
- Greg Pryor is second in the SoCon in free throw shooting at 94.7 percent. He made his first 18 attempts before missing his last Tuesday night against Kennesaw State. Pryor is also 28th in scoring (11.5), tied for 15th in assists (2.8) and tied for ninth in steals (1.8).
- Casey Jones is also coming off a stellar performance. He tallied new career highs in points (17), rebounds (9) and blocks (3) against Kennesaw State.
- Jones is tied for 30th in the SoCon in scoring (11.3), tied for 20th in rebounding (5.5), tied for 13th in steals (1.5) and tied for seventh in blocks (1.5 bpg).
- Lance Stokes is tied for 20th in the SoCon in rebounding (5.5), tied for fourth in steals (2.0) and tied for 13th in blocks (0.8).
- Alex Bran is 11th in the conference in field goal percentage (54.5), fifth in 3pt percentage (58.3%) and tied for 12th in 3pt made per game (1.8).
- Martynas Bareika ranks among the league leaders in 3pt percentage (T14th, 42.9%).
- Eric Robertson is tied for ninth in steals (1.8 spg).
- T.J. Williams is tied for 17th in the SoCon in rebounding (5.8) and tied for seventh in blocks (1.5).
HEAD COACH WILL WADE
- Head Coach Will Wade is 2-2 in his first season as a head coach. He is Chattanooga’s 18th head coach, seventh of the DI era.
- Wade is 2-1 at home, 0-1 away and 0-0 in neutral site contests.
- He is 0-0 vs. Nevada, 0-0 vs. Mountain West 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 WOLF PACK
- Nevada enters the game also at 2-2 on the season. It is 0-1 at home, 2-1 on the road.
- The Wolf Pack are members of the Mountain West Conference.
- David Carter is 76-60 in his fifth season in Reno.
- Nevada’s first three games were decided by two points. It lost the season opener at home to Pacific (80-78) before wins at Cal Poly (60-58) and San Francisco (92-90).
- Deonte Burton is one of the nation’s leading scorers. He’s tied for 10th with Boise State’s Anthony Drmic at 25.0 points per contest. Burton shoots 48.4 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from 3pt range and 80.6 percent from the free throw line.
- Cole Huff (12.3 ppg) and Michael Perez (12.0 ppg) also score in double digits. Jerry Evans, Jr., is the leading rebounder at six per game. Ten of his 18 total boards have come on the offensive glass.
- The Wolf Pack has a considerable size advantage with a starting frontline of 6’8”, 6’8” and 6’9”. There are eight student-athletes on the roster that range from 6’8” to 6’11”.GoMocs.com is the official website of the Chattanooga Mocs. The Mocs can also be followed on their official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GoMocs) or on Twitter (@GoMocsMBB & @GoMocs). Find out how to join the UTC Mocs Club and support more than 300 student-athletes by clicking here.