Junior Martynas Bareika.
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Basketball Preview: Mocs Welcome Wofford Saturday

Wofford (7-8/2-1) at Chattanooga (9-8/3-0)
Game 18 | Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 | 7 p.m. | McKenzie Arena | Chattanooga, Tenn.

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On the road again, the Mocs can’t wait to get on the road again. Sorry Willie, not true but it is a fact of college basketball life. The squad heads to Appalachian State next Thursday (Jan. 16) before moving on to Wofford on Saturday (Jan. 18).

- Chattanooga is alone atop the Southern Conference standings at 3-0, a half-game ahead of Western Carolina and Davidson. Our next opponent, Wofford, is tied for fourth with UNCG at 2-1, and Georgia Southern (1-0), just a game behind.

- The Mocs are on a five-game win streak. It’s the longest stretch since winning six straight from December 21, 2009 through January 14, 2010.

- Chattanooga is 3-0 in league play for the first time since 2010-11 when it opened at 7-0.

- Z. Mason is this week’s SoCon Player of the Week after averaging 25.0 points, 13.5 boards and 4.5 blocks per game in the wins at Furman and The Citadel.

- Mason has six consecutive double-doubles, a DI era (1977-78 to present) school record. He is tied with Jerrelle Benimon (Towson) for the longest active streak in the nation. Julius Randle (Kentucky) has longest run of double-doubles this year with seven (11/8-27, 2013). Note courtesy Stats, Inc.

- Mason’s averages in last six appearances: 23.0 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.7 blocks and 1.5 steals per contest.

- Chattanooga is 16-12 (.571) in its history against Wofford with the first game coming in 1995-96. It is 10-3 at home against the Terriers. For more series information, turn to page three of the linked notes package.

- The Mocs are 363-213 (.630) all-time in SoCon regular season play, 222-65 (.774) at home.

- Mason (6 times), Ronrico White (twice) Martynas Bareika and Casey Jones have scored 20 or more points in a game this season.

- Chattanooga is 5-0 since White’s return to the playing rotation after the holiday break. Over that span, he has topped double figures each game averaging 17.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 24.8 minutes per game. He is shooting 45.8 percent (22-48) from the field including 52.2 percent (12-23) from 3pt range in those contests.

- White was fantastic in Thursday’s win over Samford. He posted a career-high 28 points in 29 minutes making all 12 free throw attempts including 6-6 in the final 35 seconds of the game.

- Jones has scored in double digits in four in a row. His averages during that stretch are 15.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

- Jones is second in the league in FG percentage at 58.3 percent. He is shooting 73.7 percent (28-38) over the last four.

- Mason has seven double-doubles this season including two 20/10 games. That’s one shy of Johnny Taylor’s school record of three in 2005-06. Lance Fulse (1987-88) and Keith Nelson (1990-91) own the season record with 12.

- Mason has 14 career double-doubles which ranks behind Keith Nelson (23, 1991-92), Lance Fulse (21, 1985-88), Nicchaeus Doaks (17, 2006-09), Taylor (16, 1996-97) in the DI era. That’s tied with Mindaugas Katelynas (14, 2004-05).

- Mason leads the SoCon in blocks per game (2.6). Behind Mason, the Mocs (4.6 bpg) lead the league in blocked shots.

- Mason is one point shy of 900 for his career. For career and season record watches along with career active leaders, turn to page eight of the linked notes package.

- Chattanooga also leads the SoCon in scoring (79.2), rebounds (37.4), steals (8.3), turnover margin (+2.3) and offensive rebound pct (36.4%).

- For complete SoCon team and individual ranks, turn to page six of the linked notes package.

- The Mocs rank in the top 50 nationally in scoring and steals. Mason is 39th in blocks and 45th in rebounding.

- Head Coach Will Wade is 9-8 in his first season as a head coach. He is Chattanooga’s 18th head coach, seventh of the DI era.

- Wade is 6-1 at home, 2-6 away and 1-1 in neutral site contests.

- He is 0-0 vs. Wofford, 3-0 vs. SoCon 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.

- Wofford is 7-8 overall, 2-1 in the SoCon.

- Common opponents: Georgia, Samford and The Citadel. Both schools lost at Georgia and topped Samford and The Citadel.

- The Terriers also own wins over Emory & Henry, Johnson & Wales, Winthrop and High Point.

- 3-6 on the road, but Wofford has won last two.

- Head Coach Mike Young is 176-180 in his 12th season in Spartanburg. He is 8-8 vs. the Mocs.

- Spencer Collins (13.6), Karl Cochran (12.2) and Lee Skinner (11.6) all average in double digits for Wofford. Skinner is the team leader on the boards grabbing an even eight per contest.

- Terriers lead the league in scoring defense (65.7).

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