2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Elon (10-9/3-1) at Chattanooga (12-8/6-0)
Game 21 | Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 | 7 p.m. | McKenzie Arena | Chattanooga, Tenn.
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- Chattanooga is alone atop the Southern Conference standings at 6-0. It has a one-and-a-half game lead on second-place teams Western Carolina and Davidson at 4-1 and two games clear of fourth-place Elon (3-1).
- The Mocs’ eight-game win streak is the longest since winning 11 in a row in 1997, (1/6/97-2/6/97) a span of 17 seasons. That’s also the last time the team went undefeated in January (8-0) which has happened two other times: 10-0 in 1981-82 and 8-0 in 1984-85.
- Chattanooga is 12-10 (.545) in its history against Elon, its briefest SoCon series. It is 8-3 in McKenzie Arena against the Phoenix. For more series information, turn to page three of the linked notes package.
- The Mocs are 366-213 (.632) all-time in SoCon regular season play, 223-65 (.774) at home.
- Z. Mason is on an epic run with eight straight multi-block games. The 36 (4.5 per game) over that span is one less than the 37 he entered the season with.
- Mason’s 36 blocks over his last eight games alone would rank tied for eighth-best in a season in the school records. He now has 91 in his career which is fifth all-time, seven behind Nicchaeus Doaks (2006-09).
- Mason leads the SoCon in blocks (3.0) and rebounding (9.6) and is 17th and 26th nationally, respectively, in those categories. Behind his efforts, the Mocs are the league leaders with a robust 5.1 blocks per contest which is 53rd in the country.
- Mason has five double-doubles in six league games. His nine overall ranks 11th in the nation.
- Mason is averaging 21.0 points and 12.1 rebounds per contest over his last nine games.
- Chattanooga is 8-0 since White’s return to the playing rotation after the holiday break. Over that span, he has topped double figures each game averaging 16.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 25.6 minutes per game.
- White has just three turnovers in his last 126 minutes at the point. He has a 2.7 assist-turnover ratio during the eight-game win streak.
- Jones has turned it up a notch in the 6-0 league start. He’s posting 14.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per SoCon game shooting a robust 64.8 percent (35-54) from the field.
- Jones is second in the league in FG percentage at 58.5 percent.
- Mason has nine double-doubles this season including two 30/10 games. That’s one shy of Johnny Taylor’s school record of three in 2005-06.
- Mason has four 20/10 games which is four shy of Keith Nelson (1990-91) mark of eight in 1990-91. Nelson and Lance Fulse (1987-88) own the season double-doubles mark with 12.
- Mason has 16 career double-doubles which ranks behind Keith Nelson (23, 1991-92), Lance Fulse (21, 1985-88), Nicchaeus Doaks (17, 2006-09) and tied with Taylor (16, 1996-97) in the DI era.
- Mason has 950 points and 555 boards for his two-plus years as a Moc. He is on pace to be just the third DI era performer with 1,000 points and 600 rebounds as well as the only one to exceed 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks. 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 (78.3), scoring margin (+3.7), rebounds (37.3) and offensive rebound pct (35.9%).
- 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 (43rd) and steals (42nd).
HEAD COACH WILL WADE
- Head Coach Will Wade is 12-8 in his first season as a head coach. He is Chattanooga’s 18th head coach, seventh of the DI era.
- Wade is 7-1 at home, 4-6 away and 1-1 in neutral site contests.
- He is 0-0 vs. Elon, 6-0 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.
SCOUTING THE PHOENIX
- Elon is currently fourth in the SoCon with a 3-1 record, a half-game behind second place teams Western Carolina and Davidson at 4-1. It is 10-9 on the season.
- This is the lone meeting in the regular season between the two teams.
- The Phoenix are 3-4 in road games this season, 1-1 in SoCon play with a loss at Western Carolina and an overtime win at Davidson.
- Head Coach Matt Matheny is 69-77 in his fifth season at Elon. He is 4-4 vs. the Mocs, 1-3 in McKenzie Arena.
- Four Elon players average in double digits led by Lucas Troutman at 16.2 points per game. Troutman also leads the rebounding effort (6.3 rpg). Sebastian Koch (13.3), Ryley Beaumont (10.4) and Tanner Samson (10.3) are the other three.
- Troutman, Koch, Beaumont, Samson and Austin Hamilton have started all 19 games.
- The Phoenix lead the SoCon in five team categories: Field Goal Pct. (47.6), 3pt Pct. (39.3), Free Throw Pct. (73.0), 3pt made per game (8.6) and assist/turnover ratio (1.1). Koch paces the league in 3pt made per game (3.0).
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