Basketball Preview: Mocs at 94th SoCon Tournament

No. 2 Chattanooga (18-13/12-4) | 2014 SoCon Championship

Game 32 | Saturday, March 8, 2014 | 6 p.m. | US Cellular Arena | Asheville, N.C.

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TV: - Darren Goldwater (PxP) & Dean Keener (Analysis)

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, audio and live stats are available on the men’s basketball schedule page.

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SoCon Overtime takes place Friday, March 7, after the first round games are completed. The Grove Arcade, a block from the arena, is the location for the event which features Asheville restaurants, breweries and other vendors from 6-9 p.m.

With a win, the Mocs play in the semifinals Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. against No. 3 Wofford, No. 6 UNCG or No. 11 The Citadel. That game is televised on CSS as well as The championship game is Monday night at 9 p.m., on ESPN2.

- Chattanooga is the No. 2 seed in the 94th Southern Conference Basketball Championship. It has a first round bye facing the winner of No. 7 Georgia Southern and No. 10 Furman on Saturday at 6 p.m.

- All SoCon Tourney games are televised. The quarters will be on, the semis on there and CSS, while the championship game is on ESPN2.

- The Mocs are 6-2 against their side of the bracket: 2-0 vs. No. 3 Wofford, 1-1 vs. No. 6 UNCG, 0-1 vs. No. 7 Georgia Southern, 2-0 vs. No. 10 Furman and 1-0 vs. No. 11 The Citadel. They’re 6-2 against the other side as well.

- Chattanooga’s 12-4 (.750) SoCon mark is the best winning percentage since 11-3 (.786) in 1996-97. First time with 12 wins since going 12-6 in 2010-11. It’s the 11th season with 12 or more regular-season wins.

- The Mocs are 52-26 (.667) in the SoCon Tournament with 10 titles, the best record among current membership. That includes an 8-1 mark at home, 0-3 away and 44-22 on a neutral floor. In Asheville, Chattanooga is 21-10 with four championships. More tourney history can be found on pages 7-9.

- Chattanooga has played in the SoCon title game 17 times in 37 tournaments. Davidson is second over that time-frame with 12.

- The Mocs are 30-20 all-time against Georgia Southern, 5-1 in the SoCon Tournament. It’s 50-25 in its 75 meetings with Furman, 4-3 in the tournament. More series notes are on pages 10 and 11.

- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in rebounding (37.4), rebound margin (+1.9) and blocks (5.1).

- Z. Mason is the Defensive Player of the Year. This award is voted on by the coaches only. He is the first Moc to garner the award.

- Mason and Casey Jones made the coaches All-SoCon team.

- Mason is first team All-SoCon and Jones third team according to the media vote. The last time Chattanooga had a first team All-SoCon media performer was 2009 (Stephen McDowell).

- The media named Will Wade the Anton Foy Coach of the Year. First such award for a Moc coach since Mack McCarthy in 1993. It is just the sixth such award on the Chattanooga bench: Murray Arnold (1982, 1983) and McCarthy (1986, 1992, 1993).

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

- The team is 52nd nationally in scoring.

- Mason is fourth in the league at 18.2 points per game. He is averaged a double-double (18.0 points & 10.2 rebounds) in SoCon contests.

- Casey Jones (18th, 12.2 ppg) and McGhee (27th, 10.4) are also listed among the SoCon leaders.

- In SoCon games only, Mason (6th), Jones (13th, 14.3 ppg) and Ronrico White (16th, 13.2 ppg) rank in the top 20.

- 21 20-point efforts this season: Mason (12 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).

ON THE GLASS           
- The Mocs lead the SoCon in rebounding and rebound margin.

- The squad is +36 on the boards over the last five games, a +7.2 margin.

- The team ranks 13th nationally in offensive rebounds per game (13.2).

- Mason leads the SoCon in rebounding (9.5) and defensive rebounds (6.7). He ranks in the top 25 nationally in rebounding (23rd) and defensive rebounds (17th).

- 22 games with 10 or more rebounds by an individual: Mason (15), Jones (4), Gee McGhee (2) & T.J. Williams (1).

- McGhee is heating up at the right time. He’s reached double-digits in five of his last six including a season-high 21 at Samford. Over that stretch, McGhee is posting 13.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game shooting 49.1 percent (28-57) from the floor including 35.7 percent (5-14) from 3pt range.

- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in blocked shots (5.1). That number increased to 6.0 per game in conference play.

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

- The team has five or more blocks in 18 games.

- The Mocs are 37th in the country in blocked shots.

- Mason is the obvious focus as the league leader in swats at 3.0 per contest. In 16 SoCon settings, he tallied 3.6 per game.

- Mason ranks 17th in the nation in blocks per contest.

- Mason’s 87 blocks are second-most on the all-time season list, two behind Neil Ashby (89, 2001-02).

- Mason’s 124 career blocks is also second all-time behind Stanley Lawrence (1980-83) in first with 132.

- Mason set school season record for blocks in conference season with 57.

- Mason has 1,144 points, 659 boards and 124 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 9th in scoring, nine points behind Hall of Famer Stanford Strickland (1981-84), with 1,153. Just 13 points separates Mason from seventh-place David Phillips (1997-00).

- Currently third in rebounding, 88 short of Lance Fulse (1985-88) in third with 653.

- For career and season record watches along with career active leaders, turn to page nine.

- Mason has 14 double-doubles this season setting the DI era season record.

- He is tied for 11th in the nation in double-doubles. Jerrelle Benimon (Towson) leads with 20.

- Mason has seven 20/10 games which is one 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 21 career double-doubles which ranks tied for second with Lance Fulse behind Nelson (23).

- Head Coach Will Wade is 18-13 in his first season as a head coach. He is Chattanooga’s 18th head coach, seventh of the DI era.

- Wade is 12-2 at home, 5-10 away and 1-1 in neutral site contests.

- He is 0-1 vs. Georgia Southern, 2-0 vs. Furman, 12-4 vs. SoCon teams.

- He is 0-0 in the SoCon Tourney.

- 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. is the official website of the Chattanooga Mocs.  The Mocs can also be followed on their official Facebook page ( or on Twitter (@GoMocsMBB & @GoMocs).  Find out how to join the UTC Mocs Club and support more than 300 student-athletes by clicking here.
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