2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Chattanooga (14-8/8-0) at Davidson (10-11/6-1)
Game 23 | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | 7 p.m. | Belk Arena | Davidson, N.C.
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The Mocs return home Saturday, Feb. 1, to host Furman. That’s followed by trips to Eastern Kentucky (2/4) and Samford (2/8).
- Chattanooga is No. 25 in this week’s CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25.
- The Mocs lead the Southern Conference standings at 8-0. It has a one-and-a-half game lead over Davidson at 6-1. Western Carolina (5-2), Wofford (5-3) and Elon (3-3) round out the top five.
- Chattanooga is 8-0 to open SoCon play for the first time since a 9-0 beginning in 1984-85. Its best start ever was 10-0 in 1981-82.
- The Mocs’ 10-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.
- January 1997 was the last time the team went undefeated in January (8-0). It has happened two other times: 10-0 in 1981-82 and 8-0 in 1984-85. Chattanooga is 8-0 this month.
- The Mocs are 368-213 (.633) all-time in SoCon regular season play, 143-148 (.491) at home.
- Chattanooga is 32-24 (.571) in its history against Davidson, 9-14 on the road. That includes a mark of 27-21 (.563) in SoCon regular-season games. For more series information, turn to page three of the linked notes package.
- Stats that stand out: In SOCON GAMES ONLY, Davidson and Chattanooga are one and two, respectively, in scoring (81.6/78.2), scoring margin (+12.6/+9.8) and FT percentage (79.0%/75.1%). The two are one-two Chattanooga’s advantage in FG percentage defense (42.436%/42.439%). The Mocs are No. 1 in 3pt FG percentage defense (29.5%), while the Wildcats lead in 3pt FG percentage (44.0).
- The Mocs probable starting lineup tonight is 11-0. Will Wade has used just three different starting fives.
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in scoring (78.5), scoring margin (+4.8), rebounds (tie, 37.0), blocks (5.1) and turnover margin (+2.2). For complete SoCon team and individual ranks, turn to page six of the linked notes package.
- Z. Mason leads the SoCon in rebounding (9.5) and blocks (2.9) ranking 30th and 20th nationally, respectively, in those categories.
- Mason is averaging 21.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per contest over his last 11 games. He’s had nine double-doubles during that stretch with five 20 & 10 performances (two 30 & 10).
- The Mocs are 10-0 since Ronrico White’s return to the playing rotation after the holiday break.
- White has just six turnovers in his last 186 minutes at the point (1 every 31 min.). He has a 2.6 assist-turnover ratio during the 10-game win streak.
- Casey Jones has turned it up a notch in league play. He’s posting 14.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per SoCon game shooting 61.6 percent from the field.
- Jones is second in the league in FG pct. (57.9).
- The 10-game win streak is the ninth in school history of 10 or longer.
- Won four in a row by 10+ points for the first time since the 2009-10 season. It’s the first time since 1998-99 vs. SoCon opponents.
- The all-time longest win streak was 17 to end the 1976-77 National Championship season (16 games) plus one, the DI era opening win over Louisiana Tech.
- The longest DI era streak of 14 came in 1983 (Jan. 29-Mar. 12).
- The other six 10+ win streaks: 10 (1962-63), 11 (Jan. 2, 1982-Feb. 2, 1982), 11 (Dec. 3, 1983-Jan. 10, 1984), 10 (Dec. 28, 1984-Feb. 2, 1985), 10 (Feb. 7, 1993-Mar. 7, 1993) and 11 (Jan. 6, 1997-Feb. 6, 1997).
- The Mocs lead the SoCon in scoring (78.5) and scoring margin (+4.8).
- The team ranks 36th nationally in scoring.
- Z. Mason is third in the league at 18.8 points per game. He is averaging an impressive 19.9 points and 11.0 boards per SoCon contest.
- Mason is 57th in the country in scoring.
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in blocked shots (5.1). That number increases to 7.1 per game in conference play.
- Z. Mason is the obvious focus as the league leader in swat at 2.9 per contest. In seven SoCon settings, he’s rejecting 4.1 per game.
- The team has five or more blocks in eight games in a row and in 13 overall.
- The Mocs are 44th nationally in blocked shots.
- Mason’s 58 blocks are fourth-most on the all-time season list behind 60 by Aaron Morgan in 2002-03.
MASON CAREER NOTES
- Mason has 992 points, 572 boards and 95 blocks in his two-plus years as a Moc.
- On pace to be just the third DI era performer with 1,000 points and 600 rebounds (Nicchaeus Doaks, 2006-09 and Lance Fulse, 1985-88).
- On pace to become the only Moc in school history to exceed 1,000 points, 500 boards and 100 blocks.
- Currently 20th in scoring, fourth in rebounding and fifth in blocks.
- For career and season record watches along with career active leaders, turn to page eight of the linked notes package.
MASON DOUBLE-DOUBLE NOTES
- Mason has 10 double-doubles this season. The DI era season record is 12 by Keith Nelson (1990-91) and Lance Fulse (1985-88).
- He is 10th in the nation in double-doubles. Northeastern’s Scott Eatherton leads with 14.
- Mason has five 20/10 games which is three shy of Keith Nelson (1990-91) mark of eight in 1990-91.
- Mason has two 30/10 games, one short of Johnny Taylor’s (2006-07) school record of three in 2005-06.
- Mason has 17 career double-doubles which ranks behind Nelson (23), Fulse (21) and is tied for third with Nicchaeus Doaks (17, 2006-09).
HEAD COACH WILL WADE
- Head Coach Will Wade is 14-8 in his first season as a head coach. He is Chattanooga’s 18th head coach, seventh of the DI era.
- Wade is 9-1 at home, 4-6 away and 1-1 in neutral site contests.
- He is 0-0 vs. Davidson, 8-0 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 WILDCATS
- Davidson is 10-11 overall, 6-1 in the SoCon.
- This is the lone regular season matchup.
- The Wildcats are 3-4 at home, 2-1 in league games in Belk Arena.
- Head Coach Bob McKillop is 462-290 in his 25th season. He is 19-13 vs. the Mocs, 10-3 at home.
- De’Mon Brooks leads Davidson averaging 17.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Brian Sullivan (12.5), Tom Droney (11.3) and Tyler Kalinoski (11.1) also average double digits in scoring.
- Kalinoski leads the SoCon in 3pt percentage (46.4) and assist/turnover ratio (2.2).
- Davidson is averaging 81.6 points while shooting 51.9 percent from the field and 44.0 percent from 3pt range in conference matchups.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.