2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Chattanooga (4-7) at UAB (8-2)
Game 12 | Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 | 8 p.m. | Bartow Arena | Birmingham, Ala.
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The Mocs return from holiday break December 29-30 to host the Dr Pepper Classic. They face Grand Canyon in the opening round, while Middle Tennessee meets Maine. The winners and losers square off the following day.
- Chattanooga is at the end of seven of eight games away from the Scenic City. It started with a west coast trip to Reno (Nevada), Los Angeles (UCLA) and Las Vegas (Morehead State/IUPUI).
- The Mocs trail 2-9 of the series. All 11 meetings have come in the DI era (1977-78). The last was in 2002-03 season. More series notes are on page 3.
- Chattanooga is 73-64 against current CUSA membership: UAB 2-9, Charlotte 2-2, East Carolina 4-2, FIU 0-1, LA Tech 2-1, Marshall 28-18. Middle Tennessee 32-28, North Texas 1-1, Old Dominion 0-2, Rice 1-0 and Tulane 1-0. The Mocs have not faced Tulsa, UTEP or UTSA
- Z. Mason was named College Sports Madness Southern Conference Player of the Week Monday for his play last week. He scored a career-high 41 points becoming the first Moc on record with a 40 & 10 night recording 12 rebounds.
- Mason missed Sunday’s game at Northern Kentucky with a toe injury. He is listed as day-to-day for Wednesday’s contest at UAB.
- Martynas Bareika was fantastic Sunday at Northern Kentucky as a spot starter for the injured Mason. He tallied a career-high 29 points including new highs for FG made (7), FG attempted (14), FT made (12) and FT attempted (13).
- Bareika is the likely fill-in for Mason if he cannot play at UAB.
- Bareika has scored in double digits in three straight averaging 17.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game over that span shooting 38.1 percent (8-21) from 3pt land.
- Mason leads the SoCon in blocks at 1.8 per game. He also ranks fourth in scoring (18.6), third in rebounding (7.5) and third in FG percentage (56.8).
- Bareika is 26th in scoring (10.7), 12th in FT percentage (77.1), 10th in 3pt made per game (1.9) and 11th in 3pt percentage (40.4).
- The Mocs also lead the SoCon in scoring (81.4) and steals (8.7).
- Mason has four 20+-point games this season, all coming in his last six contests (22.3 ppg).
- Mason is shooting 56.3 percent (9-16) from 3pt range over last four games.
- He’s shooting 64.9 percent (37-57) overall during that stretch.
- Mason is chasing a couple of career milestones. He currently has 802 points and 458 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 now in the top 15 in rebounding passing current student assistant Johnny Taylor (1996-97) who was 15th with 447. Mason is seven behind Darryl Ivery (1985-87) for 14th.
- Mason has 18 blocks this year which gives him 55 for his two-plus years on the hardwood, good for tied for ninth all-time at Chattanooga with Jeremy Saffore (2007-11) and two shy of eighth-place Stanford Strickland (1981-84).
- The Mocs lead the SoCon in steals and not surprisingly four student-athletes rank among the league leaders. Greg Pryor and Gee McGhee are tied for third (1.6), Lance Stokes tied for ninth (1.3) and Jones (1.2) tied for 14th on the list.
- Jones is also tied for 29th in scoring (10.1), 10th in rebounding (5.8) and sixth in FG% (53.8).
- McGhee is also 20th in scoring (12.1), 11th in assists (3.3) and ninth in A/TO ratio (1.4).
- Pryor is also tied for 13th in assists (3.0), seventh in FT% (80.6) and 11th in A/TO ratio (1.3).
HEAD COACH WILL WADE
- Head Coach Will Wade is 4-7 in his first season as a head coach. He is Chattanooga’s 18th head coach, seventh of the DI era.
- Wade is 3-1 at home, 0-5 away and 1-1 in neutral site contests.
- He is 0-0 vs. UAB, 0-0 vs. CUSA 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 BLAZERS
- UAB is off to an 8-2 start this season.
- The Blazers are in Conference USA.
- Jerod Haase is in his second year as head coach with a 24-19 mark.
- UAB owns wins over No. 16 North Carolina, Rutgers, Nebraska, Troy, Florida A&M, Northeastern, Georgia Southern and Columbus State. The losses are to No. 19 New Mexico and Temple.
- Chad Frazier is the leading the team at 19.2 points and 5.1 assists per game. He is shooting 46.3 percent from the floor, 40.5 percent from 3pt range and 81.8 percent from the FT line.
- C.J. Washington adds 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds shooting a team-high 54.8 percent from the field.
- Rod Rucker posts 11.8 points and team-best 8.7 boards per contest.
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