Blackout Conditions in McKenzie Arena Monday Night

WHO:  The Mocs students and athletics staff that have come together to make Monday's Blackout promotion possible.

WHAT:  Furman (20-7/12-4) at Chattanooga (14-14/10-5)

WHEN:  Monday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m. (EST).

WHERE:  McKenzie Arena (10,928) - Chattanooga, Tenn.  Live video, audio and stats can be found on GoMocs.com via MocsVision, while the game broadcast can also be listened to on ESPN 105.1 FM in Chattanooga.

HOW:  The Furman game has been designated as a Blackout.  Fans are encouraged to wear black and there will be black t-shirts handed out to the first 3,000 fans in attendance courtesy of the Chattanooga athletics department.  Another perk, everyone who comes to the game will receive a voucher for FREE CONCESSIONS (hot dog, popcorn & coke product of their choice).

QUOTABLE:  "This is a crucial stretch of games for us.  We've got the bye which is vital to our NCAA Tournament hopes, but we have three games left to claim another division championship.  That's why it's so important to have great support from our fans.  They've gotten us this far, we need them Monday and Wednesday" - Head Coach John Shulman

PROBABLE STARTERS (PPG, RPG unless otherwise noted):  1 - Keegan Bell (8.6 ppg, 6.0 apg), 2 - Ricky Taylor (13.2, 3.7), 3 - Omar Wattad (14.9, 3.8), 4 - Chris Early (9.0, 6.3), 5 - DeAntre Jefferson (8.7, 6.6).

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. College of Charleston (8-0) and Western Carolina (7-0) are the only other teams with unblemished league records on their home floors.
  • The Mocs close the regular season with three games in six days. It starts tonight and follows with the home finale Wednesday vs. Wofford and Saturday's regular-season ending at Samford.
  • Chattanooga has wrapped up one of the North Division's two byes in the SoCon Tournament (Mar. 4-7). No team has won the tournament in a 12-team format playing all four days. The Mocs and Western Carolina have three games to decide the North Division title. It would be the eighth such championship for UTC and 28th overall (10 regular season/10 tournament).
  • This is the 72nd meeting between the two schools with Chattanooga leading 46-25. For more series notes, see page seven of the notes link above.
  • 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 11-5 (.688) 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 (39.0 rpg) and Defensive Rebounds Pct (74.1%). In league games only, UTC averages league-bests in Rebounding (38.9/gm), Rebound Margin (+5.0) and Defensive Rebounds Pct. (75.3%).
  • Individually, senior post DeAntre Jefferson (Bloomington, Ill.) leads in field goal percentage (66.4%).
  • Chattanooga is 639-389 (.622) since moving to Division I (1977-78), 404-100 (.802) at home, 344-89 (.795) in McKenzie Arena.
  • Last times...The Mocs started 14-14 was 1989-90...15-14? 2008-09. 14-15 2009-10...Chattanooga began SoCon play 10-5 was 2007-08. 11-5? 2002-03. 10-6? 2008-09.
  • Chattanooga is 11-2 when holding opponents under 70 points, 3-12 otherwise. It has lost its last two holding its opponent under 70 (Western Carolina, Georgia Tech).
  • 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.
  • Furman is 20-7, 12-4 in the SoCon South. Its the first 20-win season for the Paladins since 1990-91. Amu Saaka leads the team averaging 17.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Noah States (11.1 ppg) and Jordan Miller (11.0 ppg) also score in double digits.
  • The Mocs have won the battle of the boards in 17 of the last 22 games. That's after starting the season turning the trick just once in the first six.
  • 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.

4-9

70.5

-3.8

39.1

+1.4

40.5

43.2

29.1

32.3

  • 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

1-4

64.6

-5.0

34.0

-0.6

42.7

44.6

29.5

35.3

PLAYER NOTES

Keegan Bell (Hazel Green, Ala.)

  • 2nd in SoCon in assists per game (6.0) and is second in assist/turnover ratio (2.4). Those averages are 6.1 apg and 2.9 A/TO in league games only. He is 11th in 3pt made per game (1.7).
  • 16th nationally in assists and 33rd in A/TO ratio (thru 2/17).
  • 3rd on the team in free throw pct (74.0). Team leader in steals with 23 and minutes played (33.9/gm).
  • 9 points shy of 500 for his career at UTC, 24 assists shy of 350 with 326 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 167 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).
  • 52 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 14.9 ppg. That ranks 9th in the SoCon. Is 2nd in the conference in 3pt made per game (3.0) and 14th in the league in FT% (77.2).
  • 14th nationally in treys made per game and 58th in 3pt pct. (37.9%) - thru 2/17.
  • 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 tying 19 times including seven 20-pt games (one 30).
  • Made three or more threes 15 times this season.
  • Also leads team in FGM (131), 3ptM (83), 3pt% (37.7) and FT% (77.2).

Ricky Taylor (Brownsville, Tenn.)

  • 14th in SoCon scoring averaging 13.2 ppg and 15th in FT pct (76.3%. Started all 28 games.
  • Leads team in FTM (87).
  • Mocs' active career scoring leader with 790 points.
  • Topped 100-mark in 3-pointers made in the loss at App State.
  • Scored in double digits 19 times (tying Wattad for team lead) thus far, 42 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 15.5 points per game over last 17 raising average from 9.5 to 13.2 ppg.
  • SoCon games only averages of 14.1 points and 4.4 boards per game.
  • Averages 16.8 ppg at home shooting 50.0% FG, 39.3% 3pt & 78.8% FT.

DeAntre Jefferson (Bloomington, Ill.)

  • Leads Mocs in reb with 184, 6.6/gm. Four double-digit games on the boards.
  • 2nd in SoCon rebounding.
  • Shooting 69.6% (64-92) from the field since the start of December.
  • Last 3 games: 73 minutes played, 38 points (12.7/gm) and 27 rebounds (9.0/gm) shooting 73.9 percent (17-23) from the floor.

Chris Early (Huntington, W. Va.)

  • Second on the squad with 169 rebounds, 6.3 per game. 6th in the league on the boards.
  • 3rd on the team in scoring averaging 9.0 ppg.
  • Home averages: 12.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game shooting 52.0% FG, 41.9% 3pt and 72.0% FT. Has scored in double digits in 10 of 13 home games. He has 13 total double figure scoring games this season.

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