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Chattanooga Steps Outside SoCon Play with a Wednesday Date at Georgia Tech
DeAntre Jefferson leads the Mocs in rebounding.
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WHODeAntre Jefferson (Bloomington, Ill.) leads Mocs in rebounding with 175 (6.5/gm) including four double-digit games on the boards.  That total ranks third in the Southern Conference, while he leads the leagu3 in field goal percentage (65.6%).  He is shooting 68.7% (57-83) from the field since the start of December.  In his last two games, Jefferson's had 24 points (12.0/gm) and 18 rebounds (9.0/gm) shooting 71.4 percent (10-14) from the floor including a double-double at Appalachian State (11 pts/10 reb).

WHAT:  Chattanooga (14-13/10-5 SoCon) at Georgia Tech (10-14/3-8).

WHEN:  Wednesday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. (EST).

WHERE:  Alexander Memorial Coliseum (9,191) - Atlanta, Ga.  Live audio and stats can be found on GoMocs.com, while the game broadcast can also be listened to on ESPN 105.1 FM in Chattanooga.

HOW:  This is a rare non-conference game in February for the Mocs.  The last time Chattanooga played outside the Southern Conference this late was Feb. 17, 2007 at Jacksonville State winning a BracketBusters matchup, 75-64.

QUOTABLE:  "It's really odd preparing for someone outside of conference play this time of year.  We tried all sorts of dates in December and January and nothing worked.  Maybe it will work to our advantage with little ole Chattanooga mixed into that ACC schedule." - Head Coach John Shulman

PROBABLE STARTERS (PPG, RPG unless otherwise noted):  1 - Keegan Bell (8.9 ppg, 6.1 apg), 2 - Ricky Taylor (13.2, 3.7), 3 - Omar Wattad (14.7, 3.7), 4 - Chris Early (9.2, 6.2), 5 - Jeremy Saffore (3.6, 3.4)

NOTES

  • Chattanooga is 10-5 in league play, 7-0 at home and 3-5 on the road. Chattanooga is 7-2 against North Division opponents, 3-3 vs. the South. UTC is 4-8 in non-conference action in 2010-11, 2-4 on the road.
  • The Mocs are 5-9 on the road overall this season, 3-5 in the league and 2-4 out of conference.
  • This is the 16th meeting between the two schools with Georgia Tech leading 13-2. This is the sixth time the duo has squared off since Chattanooga's move to DI in 1977-78 with the Yellow Jackets capturing all five meetings over that span. For more series notes, see page seven.
  • The Mocs are 11-1 in games where the score is within five points (leading or trailing) with five minutes left in the contest with wins over Kennesaw State (-1), Marshall (-2), Western Carolina (tied), at Elon (+3), at UNCG (+1), at The Citadel (+1), Samford (+3), College of Charleston (+2), home against UNCG (-3), home vs. Elon (+4) and Georgia Southern (+4). The lone loss was at home to Austin Peay (-4). UTC is 11-0 when leading with five to play regardless of the score differential.
  • Chattanooga seems to prefer playing close games. The Mocs are 3-1 (.750) in one-point games and 5-2 (.714) in games decided by three points or less. UTC is 11-4 (.733) when the final margin is nine points or less. It has one double-digit win over DI competition (App State, 81-69).
  • The Mocs lead the SoCon in two categories - Rebounding (39.1 rpg) and Defensive Rebounds Pct (73.9%). In league games only, UTC averages league-best in 3pt FG per game (8.7), Rebounding (38.9/gm), Rebound Margin (+5.0) and Defensive Rebounds Pct. (75.3%).
  • Individually, Keegan Bell tops the SoCon in assists (6.1), while senior post DeAntre Jefferson (Bloomington, Ill.) leads in field goal percentage (65.6%).
  • Chattanooga is 639-388 (.622) since moving to Division I (1977-78), 168-232 (.420) on the road.
  • Last times...The Mocs started 14-13 was 2008-09...15-13? 2008-09. 14-14 1989-90...Chattanooga began SoCon play 10-5 was 2007-08. 11-5? 2002-03. 10-6? 2008-09.
  • Chattanooga is 11-1 when holding opponents under 70 points, 3-12 otherwise.
  • The Mocs have won three games this season when trailing at the half. The biggest first half comebacks are from 12 points behind College of Charleston and 10 down at Marshall and at Elon. Chattanooga has come back from second half deficits of seven at Kennesaw State, eight at Marshall, five at home against Appalachian State and five at Elon. UTC is 11-1 when leading at the half.
  • Georgia Tech is 10-14 thus far, 3-8 in the ACC. The Yellow Jackets are 8-5 on their home floor, 5-2 in non-conference action. Iman Shumpert averages 17.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game to lead Tech. Glen Rice, Jr., and Brian Oliver also score in double digits at 13.5 and 10.9 points per contest, respectively.
  • The Mocs have won the battle of the boards in 16 of the last 21 games. That's after starting the season turning the trick just once in the first six.
  • Chattanooga has played in several back-and-forth games.

Date

Opponent

Lead Changes

Ties

11/15

Austin Peay

12

7

11/17

@Kennesaw State

3

8

11/20

@Marshall

8

5

12/2

App State

9

4

12/4

Western Carolina

9

4

12/17

@Elon

11

3

1/13

@The Citadel

9

7

1/27

UNC Greensboro

15

16

2/12

@Appalachian State

13

10

  • Statistical comparison between conference and non-conference games:
 

Record

PPG

Margin

RPG

Margin

FG%

Def

3pt%

Def.

SoCon

10-5

73.0

-2.0

38.9

+5.0

43.2

43.9

35.2

35.5

Non-Conf.

4-8

72.0

-3.3

39.3

+1.3

40.8

43.5

29.9

33.0

  • Averages by month:

Month

Record

PPG

Margin

RPG

Margin

FG%

Def

3pt%

Def.

November

2-5

67.1

-13.1

35.9

-3.6

39.2

45.9

30.3

34.7

December

5-2

79.4

+14.8

45.3

+10.7

45.6

37.1

32.6

28.1

January

6-3

73.7

-7.3

39.2

+5.1

40.7

46.3

34.9

37.7

February

1-3

67.5

-4.0

33.5

-1.3

44.0

45.6

32.4

38.3

PLAYER NOTES

Keegan Bell (Hazel Green, Ala.)

  • Leads SoCon in assists per game (6.1) and is second in assist/turnover ratio (2.5). Those averages are 6.1 apg and 2.9 A/TO in league games only. He is 10th in 3pt made per game (1.8).
  • 15th nationally in assists and 26th in A/TO ratio (thru 2/13).
  • 4th on the team in scoring (8.9 ppg) and 3rd in free throw pct (72.9). Team leader in steals with 23 and minutes played (34.1/gm).
  • 11 points shy of 500 for his career at UTC, 26 assists shy of 350 with 324 which is 5th all-time (DI era) at UTC. Maurice Head (1984-87) is 4th with 340, while Casey Long (2004-07) is 3rd with 386. The record is 414 held by the duo of Tim Brooks (1992-93) and Wes Moore (1996-99).
  • Has already surpassed his assist total from last season (159). His 165 this year is the 5th best total in the DI era. He trails Tyrone Enoch's 174 in 1990-91. Brooks' 209 in 1992-93 is the school record for one season.
  • Needs to make four 3-pointers to reach 100 for his career. He would become the 16th Moc to reach that total.
  • Recorded five or more assists in 18 games (36 career).
  • 78 minutes shy of 1000. Would become the 22nd DI player to record that total at UTC, and first since the trio of Stephen McDowell (1,177), Khalil Hartwell (1,029) and Nicchaeus Doaks (1,021) did so in 2008-09.

Omar Wattad (Johnson City, Tenn.)

  • Leads team in scoring at 14.7 ppg. That ranks 8th in the SoCon. Is 2nd in the conference in 3pt made per game (3.0), 14th in 3pt% (38.6) and 15th in the league in FT% (76.7).
  • 13th nationally in treys made per game and 52nd in 3pt percentage - thru 2/13.
  • In SoCon games only, averages 16.3 pts and 3.9 reb per contest while shooting 42.3 percent (52-123) from 3pt range making 3.5 per game.
  • Scored in double digits a team-best 18 times including seven 20-pt games (one 30).
  • Made three or more threes 15 times this season.
  • Also leads team in FGM (124), 3ptM (81), 3pt% (38.6) and FT% (76.7).

Ricky Taylor (Brownsville, Tenn.)

  • 15th in SoCon scoring averaging 13.1 ppg. Started all 27 games.
  • Leads team in FTM (85).
  • Mocs' active career scoring leader with 777 points.
  • Topped 100-mark in 3-pointers made in the loss at App State.
  • Scored in double digits 18 times thus far, 41 in his career.
  • Scored 20 or more three times this year, nine times in his career, including career-best 41 points in double overtime win over UNC Greensboro (1/27).
  • Averaging 15.7 points per game over last 16. That's raised his scoring average from 9.5 to 13.2 ppg.
  • Shooting 52.4 percent (11-21) from 3-point range in February.
  • SoCon games only averages of 14.1 points and 4.4 boards per game.

Chris Early (Huntington, W. Va.)

  • Second on the squad with 161 rebounds, 6.2 per game. 8th in the league on the boards.
  • 3rd on the team in scoring averaging 9.2 ppg.
  • Started all 26 games played this season.
  • Averaging 13.0 points and 6.0 boards per contest over his last five shooting 56.4 percent (22-39) from the field, 33.3 percent (3-9) from three-point range and 72.0 percent (18-25) from the charity stripe.
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