Basketball Preview: Mocs Open CIT Play at ETSU

Chattanooga (18-14) at East Tennessee State (18-15)
2014 Postseason Tournament (CIT)

Game 33 | Tue., Mar. 18, 2014 | 7 p.m. | ETSU/MSHA Center | Johnson City, Tenn.

Season Stats | Schedule | Roster | CIT | ETSU

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- Chattanooga is making its first appearance in the Postseason Tournament. It’s the 20th postseason berth in the program’s history (10 NCAA DI/5 NIT/5 NCAA DII). It’s the first since the 2009 NCAA Tourney.

- The Mocs are 17-19 all-time in postseason play (3-10 NCAA DI/3-4 NIT/11-5) not counting conference tournaments.

- There is no set bracket in the event. Future round opponents in the 32-team field are determined by results of the previous round.

- In total, the Southern Conference boasts six postseason squads. Chattanooga (CIT), Wofford (NCAA) and Davidson (NIT) are the obvious nods, but the three new schools coming in next year are all still playing: Mercer (NCAA), ETSU (CIT) and VMI (CIT).

- The Mocs played seven teams currently in the four postseason events around the country. The squad is 2-1 vs. the NCAA field (2-0 Wofford/0-1 UCLA), 1-0 vs. CIT (Grand Canyon), 0-2 vs. NIT (Davidson/Georgia) and 0-2 vs. CBI (Morehead State/Radford).

- Z. Mason is averaging 19.5 points and 9.7 rebounds per game over the last six.

- The Mocs lost their first six road games of 2013-14. They’re 5-4 since. Casey Jones averaged 13.9 points and 8.7 boards per contest over that span.

- Chattanooga is 14-6 since Ronrico White resumed a full role with the team bouncing back from an injury. He averaged 12.3 points per game in those games.

- The 76th meeting tips off Tuesday as Chattanooga is 43-32 (.573) all-time against East Tennessee State. The two schools played just nine times prior to joining the SoCon (UTC 1977-78/ETSU 1978-79) and only four after the Bucs departed the league in 2005.

- The Mocs are 7-6 (.538) all-time vs. ETSU in postseason play, all in the SoCon Tournament.

- Chattanooga or the Bucs represented the SoCon in the NCAA Tournament 12 of the 17 seasons from 1981-97. The Mocs went eight times, ETSU four with Marshall (3), Davidson (1) and Western Carolina (1) claiming the other five trips.

- During the two’s time together playing for the league championship (1980-05), Chattanooga won 24 titles (10 regular season/5 division/9 tournaments) with ETSU second over that period with 13 (3 regular season/4 division/6 tournament). Davidson is the next closest with 11 (1/7/3).

- For more series info, turn to page 7 of the linked notes package.

- 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).

- Second in the SoCon in scoring (75.7).

- The team is 59th nationally in scoring.

- Mason is fourth in the league at 18.3 points per game. He averaged a double-double (18.0 points & 10.2 rebounds) in SoCon contests.

- Casey Jones (18th, 12.2 ppg) and McGhee (28th, 10.2) 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) ranked in the top 20.

- 22 20-point efforts this season: Mason (13 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.

- Second-best team average since 2003-04 (82.1) behind the 75.9 posted by 2088-09 NCAA squad.

- Chattanooga leads the league in rebounding (37.2) and rebound margin (+1.9).

- The squad is +38 on the boards over the last six games, a +6.3 margin.

- The team ranks 34th nationally in offensive rebounds per game (13.1).

- 10 or more offensive rebounds in 25 of the 32 games heading into tourney with 20 or more three times including a high of 23 at Furman.

- Mason leads the SoCon in rebounding (9.5) and defensive rebounds (6.6). He ranks in the top 25 nationally in rebounding (24th) and defensive rebounds (21st).

- 23 games with 10 or more rebounds by an individual: Mason (15), Jones (4), Gee McGhee (3) & T.J. Williams (1).

- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in blocked shots (5.0). That number increased to 6.0 per game in conference play.

- 160 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 39th in the country in blocked shots.

- Mason is the obvious focus as the league leader in swats at 2.9 per contest. In 16 SoCon settings, he tallied 3.6 per game.

- Mason ranks 20th 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 1,165 points, 668 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 7th in scoring, 60 points behind former teammate Ricky Taylor (1,225/2009-12).

- Currently third in rebounding, 79 short of Lance Fulse (747, 1985-88).

- For career and season record watches along with career active leaders, turn to page 11 of the linked notes package.

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

- He is tied for 16th in the nation in double-doubles. Jerrelle Benimon (Towson) leads with 21.

- 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 18-14 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 1-2 in neutral site contests.

- He is 0-0 vs. East Tennessee State, 0-2 vs. A-Sun 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. 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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