2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Furman (7-13/1-6) at Chattanooga (14-9/8-1)
Game 24 | Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 | 7 p.m. | McKenzie Arena | Chattanooga, Tenn.
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The Mocs finish this stretch of three of four on the road with games at 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 8-1. That’s a half-game lead over Davidson at 7-1. Western Carolina (5-3), Wofford (5-3) and Elon (4-3) round out the top five.
- Last weekend’s two-game home stand accumulated an attendance of 11,310 which was more than five SoCon Schools had all season (App State, Elon, Furman, Samford & Wofford) at that point in time.
- Chattanooga is 8-1 to open SoCon play for the first time since a 9-1 beginning in 1996-97.
- The loss Thursday snapped the Mocs’ 10-game win streak. It was the ninth run of 10 or more in school history and the first in 17 seasons (1996-97).
- Chattanooga is 49-25 (.662) in its history against Furman, 26-7 at home. That includes a mark of 43-22 (.662) in SoCon regular-season games. For more series information, turn to page three of the linked notes package.
- The Mocs are 368-214 (.632) all-time in SoCon regular season play, 225-65 (.776) at home.
- This is the second meeting between the two schools in 2013-14. Chattanooga captured the first one 72-63 in Greenville. The program’s both feature first-year head coaches in Will Wade and Niko Medved.
- The Mocs probable starting lineup tonight is 11-1. Wade has used just three different starting fives thus far.
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in scoring margin (+2.7), blocks (5.1) and turnover margin (+1.9). For complete SoCon team and individual ranks, turn to page six of the linked notes package.
- Z. Mason leads the SoCon in rebounding (9.3) and blocks (3.0) ranking 27th and 17th nationally, respectively, in those categories.
- Mason is averaging 19.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per contest over his last 12 games. He’s had nine double-doubles during that stretch with five 20 & 10 performances (two 30 & 10).
- The Mocs are 10-1 since Ronrico White’s return to the playing rotation after the holiday break.
- White has just six turnovers in his last 211 minutes at the point (1 every 35.2 min.). He has a 2.6 assist-turnover ratio over that span.
- Casey Jones has turned it up a notch in league play. He’s posting 14.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per SoCon game shooting 61.2 percent from the field.
- Jones is second in the league in FG pct. (57.9%).
- The Mocs lead the SoCon in scoring margin (+2.7) and are second in scoring (77.3), 0.4 points behind Davidson.
- The team ranks 53rd nationally in scoring.
- Z. Mason is third in the league at 18.2 points per game. He is averaging an impressive 18.4 points and 10.6 boards per SoCon contest.
- Mason is 75th in the country in scoring.
- Casey Jones (20th, 12.0ppg) is also listed among the SoCon leaders.
- In SoCon games only, Mason (4th, 18.2), Jones (12th, 14.8) and Ronrico White (15th, 14.3) rank in the top 15.
- Mason (7 times), Jones (4 times), White (twice) and Martynas Bareika have scored 20 or more points in a game this season. Mason has two with 30 or more.
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in blocked shots (5.1). That number increases to 6.9 per game in conference play.
- Z. Mason is the obvious focus as the league leader in swat at 3.0 per contest. In seven SoCon settings, he’s rejecting 4.1 per game.
- The team has five or more blocks in nine games in a row and in 14 overall.
- The Mocs are 44th nationally in blocked shots.
- Mason’s 62 blocks are third-most on the all-time season list behind Neil Ashby (89, 2001-02) and Otis Donald (66, 1998-99).
MASON CAREER NOTES
- Mason has 999 points, 579 boards and 99 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 19th in scoring, fourth in rebounding and fourth in blocks.
- Last Moc to record 1,000 points: Ricky Taylor, 1225, 2009-12
- Last Moc to record 600 rebounds: Nicchaeus Doaks, 821 & Khalil Hartwell, 653 2006-09
- Last Moc to 100 blocks: Neil Ashby, 110, 2001-02
- 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 12th in the nation in double-doubles. Jerrelle Benimon (Towson), Scott Eatherton (Northeastern) and Roscoe Smith (UNLV) lead with 14.
- Mason has five 20/10 games which is three shy of Nelson’s 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 14-9 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, 4-7 away and 1-1 in neutral site contests.
- He is 1-0 vs. Furman, 8-1 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 PALADINS
- Furman is 7-13 overall, 1-6 in the SoCon.
- This is the second meeting in the home-and-home series this season. Mocs won 72-63 at Furman on January 4.
- The Paladins are 3-8 on the road, 1-3 in league games.
- Head Coach Niko Medved is 7-13 in his first season. He is 0-1 vs. the Mocs.
- Stephen Croone leads Furman in a variety of statistical categories. He’s second in the SoCon in scoring at 19.3 points per game. He also posts 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.7 steals per contest.
- Kendrec Ferrara adds 10.9 points per game while leading the Paladins with 5.1 boards and 1.1 blocks per contest.
- Larry Wideman also scores in double digits (10.7).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.