Z. Mason leads the Chattanooga Mocs to Phog Allen Fieldhouse and a Thursday night date with Kansas.
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Mocs Square Off with #7 Kansas on Thursday

MEDIA AVAILABILITY

TV: ESPN3.com (Jayhawk TV) - linked in related links. Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Chris Piper (color) have the call.

RADIO: The Mocs Sports Network flagship station is ESPN 105.1 FM the Zone in Chattanooga. Jim Reynolds is in his 33rd year as the play-by-play "Voice of the Mocs".

MOCSVISION: Tonight's audio is available online at GoMocs.com via MocsVision. Links for audio (free) and live stats are available on the men's basketball schedule page.

NEXT UP
Chattanooga comes home to host the Chattanooga Sub-Regional of the CBE Classic. Louisiana Tech, Southeast Missouri and Troy square off in a round-robin November 18-20 in McKenzie Arena. The Mocs face SEMO, Troy and then La. Tech.

OPENING TIPS
- First ranked opponent for the Mocs since No. 3 Kentucky last December. UTC is 3-47 all-time against ranked opponents. See page 2 of game notes for extended ranking notes.

- The Kansas game marks the sixth time the Mocs have faced a previous season's NCAA finalist. It is the second year in a row UTC has done it with Butler on the docket in 2011-12 (57-46 loss). Previously, the Mocs played North Carolina (1982 champ) at home on Dec. 21, 1982 losing 73-66, at Michigan (1993 runner-up) on Dec. 5, 1993 losing 97-86, at Kansas (2003 runner-up) losing 90-76 on Nov. 21, 2003 and Memphis (2008 runner-up) in San Juan, P.R., on Nov. 20, 2008 losing 83-71.

- KU holds a 2-0 series advantage against UTC. Shulman is facing the Jayhawks for the first time as a head coach. See page three of the game notes for more series info.

- This is the first UTC roster since well before the move to DI (1977-78) to not have a single junior college transfer on its roster. See expanded note on page two (New Path) of game notes.

- Chattanooga made a school record 23 steals including six from Farad Cobb (West Palm Beach, Fla.). Those six marked a new freshman record best the previous high of four which was held by seven student-athletes. Among them is teammate Ronrico White (Knoxville, Tenn.) and assistant coach Casey Long (2004-07).

- The Mocs struggled shooting the ball from outside Tuesday night making just 9.1 percent (2-22) from three-point range. It did not stop the team from scoring 88 as UTC made 56.3 percent (27-48) inside the arc scoring 42 of its 88 points in the paint.

- The opening night starting lineup included 32 career starts (Zlovaric 31/Mason 1).

- 18 home games this season break the Mocs' school record of 17 set in the 1985-86 and 2011-12 seasons. See page four of the game notes for more on the schedule.

RANK NOTES
The Mocs are 3-47 all-time against ranked DI opponents:
- Last win over a Top 25 team came in 1996-97 topping No. 19 Illinois, 75-63, in Charlotte, N.C., on March 16, 1997 to advance to the Sweet 16 in the Southeast Regional.

- Other wins include No. 17 Georgia (1997 in Charlotte) and No. 15 East Tennessee State (1/21/91 in Chattanooga).

- Winless on the road against Top 25 teams (0-23).

BIG 12 HISTORY
The game at KU is the first Big 12 meeting for the Mocs since Missouri on Nov. 24, 2009. It's the first matchup with a current Big 12 member since Nov. 21, 2003 at...Kansas.
- 1-5 (.167) against current Big 12 membership.

- 0-2 vs. KU, 0-1 vs. Oklahoma, 1-2 vs. Texas.

- 1-0 at home, 0-3 away and 0-2 neutral.

SCOUTING KANSAS
- Kansas is 1-1 with a 74-55 win over Southeast Missouri and a 67-64 loss to Michigan State.

- Head Coach Bill Self is in his ninth season at KU. He played at Oklahoma State and has headed programs at Oral Roberts (1993-97), Tulsa (1997-00) and Illinois (2000-03).

- Jeff Withey leads the Jayhawks averaging 12. 5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per contest. Ben McLemore adds 11.5 points, 7.5 boards and 4.0 assists per game, while Elijah Johnson chips in 10 points per game.

- KU is shooting 43.6 percent from the field, 20.0 percent (6-30) from beyond the arc and 52.5 percent (42-80) inside it.

- Defensively the Jayhawks throttle opponents allowing just 39.1 percent shooting. Led by Withey's seven, Kansas has 17 blocks (8.5 per game), 10 vs. SEMO and seven against Michigan State.

- Interesting comparison, KU shot 2-21 from three-point range in its opener, while the Mocs were 2-22 in theirs.

FOR STARTERS
When is the last time Chattanooga had two freshmen in the opening night starting lineup? Well not once on record in the DI era (1977-78 to present).

- Josh Odem (2010) is the last freshman to get the nod on opening night (11/13/09 vs. Virginia Intermont). As previously noted, Odem in 2009 is the last freshman to start on opening night for the Mocs.

- That same game is the last time Chattanooga had as many first-time starters as this season. Keegan Bell (2010-12), Ridge McKeither (2010), Odem and Ricky Taylor (2009-12) each made their first start against Virginia Intermont on November 13, 2009. McKeither and Odem made their collegiate debuts.

CHANGING OF THE GUARD
- Chattanooga returns one starter (Drazen Zlovaric) and eight of 13 letterwinners.

- Graduated 53.7% of its points, 42.5% of its rebounds, 73.7% of its assists and 54.5% of its minutes.

- Also gone are 57.3% of the Mocs shot attempts, 78.6% from three-point range. The departed shot 37.5% (398-1060) from the floor and 33.1% (188-568) beyond the arc, while the returners made 46.5% (367-789) from the field and 33.5% (52-155) from deep.

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