2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Morehead State (5-2) vs. Chattanooga (2-3)
Game 7 | Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 | 5:30 p.m. | Orleans Arena | Las Vegas, Nev.
RADIO: The Mocs Sports Network flagship station is ESPN 105.1 FM the Zone in Chattanooga. Josh Caray is handling the play-by-play for the squad’s west coast excursion.
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We’re in the midst of five in a row away from the Scenic City. The road show continues in Las Vegas as the squad ends the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational Friday at Orleans Arena (IUPUI/Gardner-Webb). The trip culminates in Athens, Ga., on Dec. 2 with a matchup at Georgia.
- Third of five straight on the road with the first four coming on a western swing for Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.
- This is the second trip to the Orleans Arena for Chattanooga. The squad was in the 2006 Las Vegas Invitational losing to Towson (56-55) and beating Prairie View A&M (79-66) at the Orleans. It split the pre-Vegas games losing at No. 1 Florida and winning at Ball State.
- First meeting with Morehead State. The Mocs are 80-78 vs. current OVC membership: 10-8 Austin Peay, 5-2 Belmont, 4-2 Eastern Illinois, 1-1 Eastern Kentucky, 15-4 Jacksonville State, 2-6 Murray State, 0-1 SEMO, 19-14 Tennessee State, 16-40 Tennessee Tech & 8-0 UT Martin. MSU and SIU-Edwardsville are the only OVC schools the Mocs have not faced to date.
- Chattanooga is 95-49 in in-season tournament play winning 33, five at neutral sites. This record does not include preliminary road games such as at Nevada and at No. 22 UCLA.
- The last in-season tournament title? Last season’s Dr Pepper Classic beating High Point (68-61) and Utah Valley (76-69). Last time on a neutral floor? The 1989 Disneyland Freedom Bowl Classic in Irvine, Calif., topping Navy (86-81) and host UC Irvine (74-72).
- The Mocs are 67-58 all-time on a neutral floor.
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in five categories: scoring (86.7), scoring margin (+10.3), blocks (5.7), steals (11.3) and turnover margin (+5.3).
- It is not a shock the Mocs lead the league in steals and turnover margin. The full-court press CHAOS system is designed for it. The squad is 10th nationally in steals.
- The teams also ranks in the top 50 in the country in turnover margin (25th), scoring (36th) and block (47th).
- Four student-athletes rank in the top eight individually in steals led by Greg Pryor tied for second posting 2.0 per game. Gee McGhee is fourth (1.8) followed by Casey Jones (T6, 1.7) and Lance Stokes (T8, 1.5).
- Pryor has proven to be much better than your average freshman, exceptional really considering he plays the one. He is second in the SoCon in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8) while ranking tied for 21st in scoring (11.7), tied for seventh in assists (3.7) and tied for sixth in FT percentage (88.9) to go with the steals just mentioned.
- He is top 100 nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (91st), FT percentage (92nd) and steals (93rd)
- Pryor has a 4.7 A/TO ratio away from Chattanooga. His averages in three contests outside the Scenic City: 13.7 ppg, 4.7 apg & 2.0 spg.
- Z. Mason is top 10 in the SoCon in a few categories, most notably scoring. He is 10th averaging 15.2 per game.
- Mason also ranks among the league leaders in rebounding (T5, 7.3 rpg), FG percentage (12th, 50.7%) and blocks (2nd, 2.2). He’s 77th in the nation in blocked shots.
- McGhee is 13th in the SoCon in scoring (14.5 ppg). He also ranks 12th in assists (3.0) and eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.6) along with steals.
- McGhee led the Mocs in scoring in the first four games. He is shooting 62.5 percent (15-24) on shots INSIDE 3pt range over last four games.
- Jones has 22 rebounds (7.3/gm) over the last 3 games after 13 (4.3) in the opening three.
- Jones is tied for 28th in the SoCon in scoring (10.3), 13th in rebounding (5.8), 10th in FG percentage (52.1) and seventh in blocks (1.2) along with steals.
- Bareika is averaging 11.3 points and 3.3 boards per game away from Chattanooga shooting 52.4 percent (11-21) from the field and 52.9 percent (9-17) from 3pt range. He has 34 points in just 45 minutes in those three games.
- T.J. Williams is tied for ninth in the SoCon in blocks (1.0).
HEAD COACH WILL WADE
- Head Coach Will Wade is 2-4 in his first season as a head coach. He is Chattanooga’s 18th head coach, seventh of the DI era.
- Wade is 2-1 at home, 0-3 away and 0-0 in neutral site contests.
- He is 0-0 vs. Morehead State, 0-0 vs. OVC 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.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- Morehead State is 5-2 with wins at East Tennessee State (71-63), Northern Kentucky (74-61) and Nevada (63-58) with home victories over Mid-Continent (107-60) and Marshall (102-94 OT). The losses came at Xavier (79-56) and UCLA (81-70).
- Head Coach Sean Woods is 70-100 in his seventh year as a head coach, 20-20 in his second season at MSU. He coached five years at Mississippi Valley State leading the Delta Devils to the 2012 SWAC Championship and NCAA Tournament.
- Angelo Warner leads a quartet of double-digit scorers at 16.0 points per game. Brent Arrington (12.3), Chad Posthumus (11.4) and Bakari Turner (11.3) are the other three.
- Posthumus is averaging a double-double with 13.3 boards per contest which ranks third nationally.
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