2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Hiwassee (1-8) at Chattanooga (3-6)
Game 10 | Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 | 7 p.m. | McKenzie Arena | Chattanooga, Tenn.
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The Mocs close out the pre-holiday portion of the schedule on the road at Northern Kentucky (12/15) and UAB (12/18).
- After a five-game stretch over 11 days, all away from the Scenic City, Chattanooga has just three contests over a 19-day span beginning Tuesday at home against Hiwassee. The other two are at Northern Kentucky (12/15) and at UAB (12/18).
- The Mocs lead the series 3-0, 1-0 since the move to DI in 1977-78. More series notes are on page 3.
- Chattanooga hopes to have a complete 13-man squad available soon. Jay Wimbley (illness) dressed for the Georgia game and Ronrico White (hip) could be available as early as this game. White sat out summer conditioning and preseason practice so it will take time for him to work his way back into the lineup. The hope is to have him up to speed by the Furman contest on January 4.
- The Mocs are 92-1 against non-DI competition since the move up from DII in 1977-78. The lone loss was December 16, 1999 to Southern Poly, 73-69.
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in three categories: scoring (82.0), steals (9.4) and blocks (4.9).
- The Mocs are tied for 14th nationally in steals and tied for 41st in scoring (through 12/8).
- Chattanooga not only leads the league in blocks per game, it boasts three student-athletes in the top 10. Z. Mason is atop the leaderboard with 1.9 blocks per contest, while Casey Jones (1.0) and T.J. Williams (0.9) rate tied for seventh and 10th, respectively.
- The squad had seven blocks last week at Georgia. It was the fourth time this season with seven or more with a high of 10 in the opener against Covenant.
- Prior to the 10 against Covenant, the last time Chattanooga had seven or more in a game was eight at Richmond on November 22, 2009.
- Mason also ranks in the SoCon top 10 in a few other categories. He is seventh in scoring (16.1), sixth in rebounding (6, 7.0) and ninth in FG% (52.7).
- Mason is chasing a couple of career milestones. He currently has 761 points and 446 rebounds. He is on pace to become just the eighth Moc of the DI era to record 1,000 points and 500 boards.
- He is 16th in the DI era in rebounding with his 446. That’s one behind Johnny Taylor (1996-97) in 15th with 447.
- Mason has 17 blocks this year which gives him 54 for his two-plus years on the hardwood. That ties him for 10th with Ed Snead (1992-93), one behind Jeremy Saffore (2007-11) and three shy of eighth-place Stanford Strickland (1981-84).
- McGhee is off to a good start in his second year in Chattanooga. The sophomore is 13th in the SoCon in scoring (14.2 ppg), 13th in FG percentage (48.2) and 15th in assists (2.9).
- McGhee led the Mocs in scoring in the first four games and has scored in double digits in seven of nine. He is shooting 55.6 percent (35-63) on shots INSIDE 3pt range this season.
- Pryor continues an impressive start to his collegiate career. He ranks among the league leaders in steals, scoring (28th, 10.3), assists (12th, 3.2), FT percentage (11th, 80.6) and assist/turnover ratio (10th, 1.3).
- Jones is in the SoCon top 10 in rebounding (10, 5.6), FG% (10, 52.3), blocks and steals.
- Three Mocs are among the 3pt shooting leaders in the conference. Eric Robertson (11th, 42.3%), Martynas Bareika (12th, 42.1%) and Alex Bran (14th, 40.7%) are on the 3pt percentage leaderboard, while Bareika is also 12th in 3pt per game (1.8).
HEAD COACH WILL WADE
- Head Coach Will Wade is 3-6 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, 0-4 away and 1-1 in neutral site contests.
- He is 0-0 vs. Georgia, 0-0 vs. SEC 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 TIGERS
- Hiwassee is 1-8 on the year.
- The Tigers are an NCCAA program.
- Hugh Watson is Hiwassee’s head coach. He was the high school coach (Loudon) of Mocs Athletics Director David Blackburn.
- The Tigers topped Bryan on the road to open the season then lost to Asbury, Berea, Tennessee Wesleyan, Dalton State, Lincoln Memorial, Cumberlands (Ky.) twice and Dalton State.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.