Senior Z. Mason.
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Basketball Preview: Mocs Host App State on "Zenior" Night

2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Appalachian State (9-19/5-10) at Chattanooga (17-13/11-4)
Game 31 | Saturday, March 1, 2014 | 7 p.m. | McKenzie Arena | Chattanooga, Tenn.

Season Stats | Schedule | Roster | Tickets (Home) | App State

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: Zenior Day.

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.

It’s “I Love UTC” week on campus with a long list of scheduled activities. It comes with its own hashtag as well, #iloveutc.

NEXT UP
The Mocs open play at the Southern Conference Tournament Saturday, March 8, in Asheville, N.C.

OPENING TIPS
- The regular season finale is here for the Southern Conference. The top five teams with byes are set with Chattanooga joined by Davidson, Wofford, Elon and Western Carolina. A win Saturday night and the Mocs have the two seed. The Mocs hold tiebreaker advantages if the squad finished tied for second, third or fourth. Turn to page seven for bracket and ticket info for the tourney which starts Friday, March 7.

- Chattanooga honors senior Z. Mason on what is being dubbed as Zenior Day in the Scenic City. Mason plays in the final home game of his three-year Mocs career. More Mason notes on page 2 of the linked notes package.

- The Mocs are 44-31 all-time against Appalachian State, 36-28 in regular season conference games. The program is going for its first regular season sweep of the Mountaineers since 2005-06. For more series information, turn to page three of the linked notes package.

- Breaking down the season by 10-game intervals:

 

W-L

PPG/Opp

Reb Margin

FG%/Opp

3pt%/Opp

FT%/Opp

1st 10

4-6

82.4/77.7

+3.7

47.2/49.3

34.3/38.4

65.0/65.7

2nd 10

8-2

74.3/71.6

-0.2

42.0/44.4

33.2/32.2

73.4/70.5

Last 10

5-5

72.6/73.7

+0.3

42.1/45.6

31.6/33.1

74.1/70.4

Overall

17-13

76.8/75.1

+1.4

43.9/46.8

33.5/34.8

70.9/68.2

- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in blocks (5.0).

- The Mocs’ 70.9 percent (569-802) from the free throw line is the best performance at the line since 73.5 percent (510-694) in 2003-04.

- Z. Mason leads the SoCon in rebounding (9.4), defensive rebounds (6.5) and blocks (2.9). He ranks nationally in top 25 nationally in double-doubles (T14th, 13), blocks (22nd), rebounding (23rd) and defensive rebounds (20th).

SCORING        
- The Mocs are second in the SoCon in scoring (76.8).

- The team is 46th nationally in scoring.

- Mason is fourth in the league at 18.0 points per game. He is averaging a double-double (17.6 points & 10.0 rebounds) in SoCon contests.

- Casey Jones (17th, 12.4 ppg) and Gee McGhee (28th, 10.4) are also listed among the SoCon leaders.

- In SoCon games only, Mason (T5th, 17.6 ppg), Jones (11th, 14.8 ppg) and Ronrico White (15th, 13.4 ppg) rank in the top 15.

- 20 20-point efforts this season: Mason (11 times), Jones (5 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.

- Best team average since 2003-04 (82.1).

BLOCK PARTY
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in blocked shots (5.0). That number increases to 5.9 per game in conference play.

- 150 blocks is the second-most in school history for a season behind 175 in 2001-02.

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

- The Mocs are 39th in the country in blocked shots.

- Z. Mason is the obvious focus as the league leader in swats at 2.9 per contest. In 12 SoCon settings, he’s rejecting 3.4 per game.

- Mason’s 81 blocks are second-most on the all-time season list behind Neil Ashby (89, 2001-02).

- Mason’s 118 career blocks is tied for second all-time with Otis Donald (1998-00) with 118 behind Stanley Lawrence (1980-83) in first with 132.

- Tied for school record for blocks in a conference season (50 - Otis Donald, 1998-99). He’s nine (69) short of Donald (78) on the career list.

MASON CAREER NOTES
- Mason has 1,120 points, 647 boards and 118 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 11th in scoring, two points behind Eric Smith (1978-81), with 1,120. Just 21 points separates Mason from ninth-place Alphonso Pugh (2003-06).

- Currently fourth in rebounding, six 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.

MASON DOUBLE-DOUBLE NOTES
- Mason has 13 double-doubles this season setting the DI era season record.

- He is tied for 12th in the nation in double-doubles. Jerrelle Benimon (Towson) leads with 18.

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

NEXT UP
Southern Conference Tournament March 7-10 in Asheville, N.C.

HEAD COACH WILL WADE
- Head Coach Will Wade is 17-13 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, 5-10 away and 1-1 in neutral site contests.

- He is 1-0 vs. App State, 11-4 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 MOUNTAINEERS
- Appalachian State is 9-19 overall, 5-10 in league play.

- The Mountaineers are 2-12 on the road, 2-5 in the SoCon. They won their last away game at Samford Thursday night (63-57).

- Head Coach Jason Capel is 53-68 in his 4th season. He is 3-4 vs. the Mocs, 0-4 in Chattanooga.

- Tab Hamilton leads App State averaging 13.0 points per game. Tommy Spagnolo posts 8.4 points and 7.1 boards per contest overall, but 12.1-point and 8.5-rebound averages in SoCon games.

- Michael Obacha leads the SoCon in offensive rebounding (3.7/gm). Spagnolo is the leader in FG% (60.1).

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