2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Chattanooga (2-3) at No. 22 UCLA (4-0)
Game 6 | Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 | 10 p.m. | Pauley Pavilion | Los Angeles, Calif.
TV: Pac-12 Networks: J.B. Long (PxP) & Don MacLean (Color)
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: Links for audio (free) and live stats are available on the men’s basketball schedule page.
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Sunday’s contest is the second of five in a row away from the Scenic City. The road show continues in Las Vegas as the squad heads to the Continental Tire 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.
- Second of five straight on the road with the first four coming on a western swing for Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.
- First game in California since the 2007 Anaheim Classic. Chattanooga went 1-2 in the three-game event losing to No. 19 Southern Illinois (63-41), topping UC Irvine (85-80) and losing to South Alabama (84-67).
- First meeting with UCLA. The Mocs are 1-1 vs. current Pac-12 membership: 1-0 Colorado, 0-1 Southern California. Last game against Pac-12 opponent was 73-46 loss to No. 20 USC in 2008 O’Reilly Auto Parts Classic in San Juan, P.R.
- Sunday’s game is available on Pac-12 Networks on television and online via the PAC-12 Now app.
- The Nevada and UCLA games are precursors to this season’s Continental Tire Las Vegas Invite. The Mocs’ Sin City bracket includes Morehead State (opening round opponent), IUPUI and Gardner-Webb. The other side has UCLA, Nevada, Missouri and Northwestern.
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in five categories: scoring (91.0), scoring margin (+20.6), blocks (6.4), steals (12.0) and turnover margin (+7.2).
- It is not a shock the Mocs lead the league in steals and turnover margin. The full-court press CHAOS system is designed for it. Five student-athletes rank in the top 15 individually in steals led by Gee McGhee and Greg Pryor posting 2.0 per game. Casey Jones and Lance Stokes are tied for eighth (1.6), while Eric Robertson checks in tied for 13th (1.4).
- Pryor has proven to be much better than your average freshman, exceptional really considering he plays the one. He is leading the SoCon in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7) while ranking tied for 17th in scoring (13.0), tied for 10th in assists (3.2) and sixth in FT percentage (92.3) to go with the steals just mentioned.
- Pryor’s tallied two phenomenal road efforts. His numbers in the two road games to date (Radford & Nevada): 18.0 pts, 3.5 reb, 4.0 ast and 2.0 stl per contest with an 8.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.
- McGhee is ninth in the SoCon in scoring (16.4 ppg). He also ranks 14th in FG percentage (51.0), ninth in assists (3.4), 13th in FT percentage (82.9%) and 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.5) along with steals.
- McGhee led the Mocs in scoring in the first four games. He is shooting 68.4 percent (13-19) on shots INSIDE 3pt range over last three games.
- Z. Mason is coming off an impressive 24-point, eight-rebound effort at Nevada. He’s moved up to 10th in the league in scoring (15.2 ppg).
- Mason also ranks among the league leaders in rebounding (3rd, 8.2 rpg), FG percentage (12th, 51.7%) and blocks (2nd, 2.2).
- Jones tallied new career highs in points (17), rebounds (9) and blocks (3) against Kennesaw State last Tuesday.
- Jones is 29th in the SoCon in scoring (10.4), tied for 16th in rebounding (5.8), sixth in FG percentage (56.8) and fourth in blocks (1.4) along with steals.
- T.J. Williams is tied for eighth in the SoCon in blocks (1.2).
HEAD COACH WILL WADE
- Head Coach Will Wade is 2-3 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, 0-2 away and 0-0 in neutral site contests.
- He is 0-0 vs. UCLA, 0-0 vs. Pac-12 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 BRUINS
- UCLA is 4-0 on the young season with all four games played in historic Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins have beaten Drexel (72-67), Oakland (91-60), Sacramento State (86-50) and Morehead State (81-70).
- Ranked No. 22 (AP) and No. 24 (USA Today Coaches).
- Former Indiana star Steve Alford is in his first season in Westwood. He is 467-235 in his 23rd season as a head coach with stops at Missouri State, Iowa and New Mexico.
- UCLA is shooting 50.4 percent from the field, 33.8 percent from 3pt range and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. It limits opponents to 34.9 percent shooting including just 26.4 percent from 3pt land.
- Jordan Adams leads six Bruins averaging in double digits at 22.3 points per game. He is shooting 51.9 percent from the field, 47.8 percent from 3pt range and 88.0 percent from the charity stripe.
- Kyle Anderson is nearly averaging a triple-double. Those numbers are 10.3 points, 9.8 boards and 8.0 assists per contest.
- Norman Powell (11.0), Travis Wear (11.0, 1 game), Zach Levine (10.5) and David Wear (10.0) are the other double-digit scorers with Tony Parker one point shy with a 9.8 ppg average.
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