Junior guard Ronrico White.
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Basketball Preview: Mocs at UNCG Sunday Afternoon

2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Chattanooga (16-12/10-3) at UNCG (12-16/5-8)
Game 29 | Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 | 2 p.m. | Greensboro Col. | Greensboro, N.C.

LINKS
Season Stats | Schedule | Roster | Tickets (Home) | UNCG

MEDIA AVAILABILITY
RADIO: The Mocs Sports Network flagship station is ESPN 105.1 FM the Zone in Chattanooga. Jim Reynolds is in his 34th season as the Voice of the Mocs.

VIDEOSTREAM: Links for live video (PPV), audio (free) and live stats are available on the GoMocs.com men’s basketball schedule page.

PROMOTIONS: Academic Night celebrating the accomplishments of our student-athletes

SOCIAL MEDIA
Follow the action on Twitter @GoMocsMBB. Get interactive using the hashtags #GoMocs and #CHAOS. Tag @GoMocsMBB with your photos from the game, well-wishes for the team and more.

NEXT UP
The Mocs are at Western Carolina Thursday (2/27) before completing the regular season Saturday (3/1) hosting App State.

OPENING TIPS
- Chattanooga is 10-3 in the Southern Conference, tied for second with Wofford. Davidson leads at 12-1 with Elon (9-3) and Western Carolina (9-4) rounding out the top five which receive the byes. In fact, all five have clinched byes in the fast-approaching SoCon Tournament. Turn to page seven of the linked notes package for bracket and ticket info for the tourney which starts Friday, March 7.

- The Mocs are 19-15 all-time against UNCG, 15-12 in regular season conference games. For more series information, turn to page three of the linked notes package.

- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in blocks (5.1).

- In SoCon only games, the Mocs lead the league in 3pt FG Percentage Defense (30.4%), Rebounding (37.1) Offensive Rebound Percentage (34.6) and Blocks (6.3). Here is a breakdown of the team’s stats in and out of conference play:

 

G

W-L

PPG/Opp

RPG/Opp

FG%/Opp

3pt%/Opp

FT%/Opp

Non-Conf

15

6-9

77.7/76.6

36.5/34.7

45.5/48.4

33.4/36.8

68.0/66.7

Conf

13

10-3

74.8/72.0

37.1/37.0

42.4/45.1

33.2/30.4

72.8/69.2

Overall

28

16-12

76.4/74.5

36.8/35.8

44.1/46.8

33.3/33.6

70.4/67.6

- Free throw shooting is an obvious spike for the Mocs jumping by nearly five percent in league games to 72.8 percent. Leading the way are Greg Pryor (86,4%), Ronrico White (84.1%) and Z. Mason (79.1%).

- Chattanooga’s 16 wins are the most since 2010-11 when it went 16-16 tying for the SoCon North Division title. The last time it won 17 or more was back-to-back 18-win campaigns in 2008-09 and 2007-08.

- Mason leads the SoCon in rebounding (9.5), defensive rebounds (6.6) and blocks (3.0). He ranks nationally in top 25 nationally in double-doubles (16th, 12), blocks (17th), rebounding (25th) and defensive rebounds (21st, 6.6).

SCORING        
- The Mocs are second in the SoCon in scoring (76.4).

- The team is 54th nationally in scoring.

- Z. Mason is fourth in the league at 18.0 points per game. He is averaging a double-double (17.6 points & 10.2 rebounds) in SoCon contests.

- Casey Jones (20th, 11.9 ppg) and Gee McGhee (30th, 10.2) are also listed among the SoCon leaders.

- In SoCon games only, Mason (5th, 17.6 ppg), Jones (12th, 14.0 ppg) and Ronrico White (13th, 13.6 ppg) rank in the top 15.

- 19 20-point efforts this season: Mason (11 times), Jones (4 times), White (twice), Gee McGhee and Martynas Bareika have scored 20 or more points in a game this season. Mason has two with 30 or more.

BLOCK PARTY
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in blocked shots (5.1). That number increases to 6.3 per game in conference play.

- 144 blocks on the season is the third-most in school history behind 175 in 2001-02 and 154 in 1981-82.

- The team has five or more blocks in 17 games.

- The Mocs are 38th in the country in blocked shots.

- Z. Mason is the obvious focus as the league leader in swats at 3.0 per contest. In 12 SoCon settings, he’s rejecting 3.8 per game.

- Mason’s 79 blocks are second-most on the all-time season list behind Neil Ashby (89, 2001-02).

- Mason’s 116 career blocks is third all-time behind Stanley Lawrence (1980-83) with 132 and Otis Donald (1998-00) with 118.

- Needs two blocks to set new school record for a conference season (50 - Otis Donald, 1998-99). He’s 11 (67) short of Donald (78) on the career list.

MASON CAREER NOTES
- Mason has 1,085 points, 629 boards and 116 blocks in his two-plus years as a Moc.

- ONLY Moc in school history to exceed 1,000 points, 500 boards and 100 blocks.

- Just the third DI era performer with 1,000 points and 600 rebounds (Nicchaeus Doaks, 2006-09 and Lance Fulse, 1985-88).

- Currently 13th in scoring, 28 points behind Derrick Kirce (1990-91) with 1,113.

- Currently fourth in rebounding, 24 short of Khalil Hartwell (2006-09) in third with 653.

- For career and season record watches along with career active leaders, turn to page nine of the linked notes package.

MASON DOUBLE-DOUBLE NOTES
- Mason has 12 double-doubles this season tying the DI era season record held by Keith Nelson (1990-91) and Lance Fulse (1987-88).

- He is tied for 16th in the nation in double-doubles. Jerrelle Benimon (Towson) leads with 18.

- Mason has six 20/10 games which is two behind 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 19 career double-doubles which ranks third behind Nelson (23) and Fulse (21).

HEAD COACH WILL WADE
- Head Coach Will Wade is 16-12 in his first season as a head coach. He is Chattanooga’s 18th head coach, seventh of the DI era.

- Wade is 11-2 at home, 4-9 away and 1-1 in neutral site contests.

- He is 1-0 vs. UNCG, 10-3 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 SPARTANS
- UNCG is 12-16 this season, 5-8 in the Southern Conference.

- The Spartans are 8-7 at home, 2-4 in league play with wins over Furman, The Citadel and App State.

- Head Coach Wes MIller is 32-49 in his third season as a head coach, all at UNCG. He is 5-1 vs. Chattanooga.

- Kyle Cain leads the Spartans averaging 15.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Tevon Saddler adds 12.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest.

- UNCG leads the league in FG% defense (43.5), rebounding (37.1) and defensive rebound percentage (72.7%).

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