2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Chattanooga (4-6) at Northern Kentucky (1-7)
Game 11 | Sun., Dec. 15, 2013 | Noon | Bank of Ky. Center | Highland Heights, Ky.
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The Mocs close out the pre-holiday portion of the schedule on the road at UAB (12/18).
- Chattanooga is in the midst of seven of eight games away from the Scenic City. It started with a west coast trip to Reno (Nevada), Los Angeles (UCLA) and Las Vegas (Morehead State/IUPUI). The swing ends Wednesday (Dec. 18) at UAB.
- The Mocs lead the series 7-3. The two teams met twice a year over the final five seasons of DII membership (1973-77). More series notes are on page 3.
- Chattanooga is 92-95 against current Atlantic Sun membership: ETSU 42-32, Jacksonville 2-8, Kennesaw State 4-2, Lipscomb 9-17, Mercer 28-33 & Northern Kentucky 7-3. ETSU and Mercer are joining the SoCon in 2014-15.
- The Mocs lead the SoCon in four categories: scoring (82.4), rebounding (37.8), blocks (4.6) and steals (9.2).
- Z. Mason leads the league in blocks (1.8) and is fourth in scoring (18.6), rebounding (7.5) and FG% (56.8).
- Mason has four 20+-point games this season, all coming in the last six contests (22.3 ppg).
- Mason is shooting 56.3 percent (9-16) from 3pt range over last four games.
- He’s shooting 64.9 percent (37-57) overall during that stretch.
- Mason’s 41 points and 12 rebounds against Hiwassee is the first 40/10 game on record at Chattanooga.
- Mason is chasing a couple of career milestones. He currently has 802 points and 458 rebounds. He is on pace to become just the eighth Moc of the DI era to record 1,000 points and 500 boards.
- He is now in the top 15 in rebounding passing current student assistant Johnny Taylor (1996-97) who was 15th with 447. Mason is seven behind Darryl Ivery (1985-87) for 14th.
- Mason has 18 blocks this year which gives him 55 for his two-plus years on the hardwood, good for tied for ninth all-time at Chattanooga with Jeremy Saffore (2007-11) and two shy of eighth-place Stanford Strickland (1981-84).
- The Mocs lead the SoCon in steals and not surprisingly four student-athletes rank among the league leaders. Greg Pryor is third (1.8), Gee McGhee tied for fourth (1.7), Lance Stokes seventh (1.4) and Casey Jones (1.3) 12th on the list.
- The squad is tied for 16th nationally in steals (thru 12/12).
- Jones is also ninth in rebounding (5.7), sixth in FG% (54.7) and tied for seventh in blocks (1.0).
- McGhee is 17th in scoring (12.8), 13th in assists (3.2) and eighth in A/TO ratio (1.5).
- Pryor is also 12th in assists (3.3), 10th in FT% (80.6) and 11th in A/TO ratio (1.3).
- T.J. Williams is tied for 11th in blocks (0.8).
HEAD COACH WILL WADE
- Head Coach Will Wade is 4-6 in his first season as a head coach. He is Chattanooga’s 18th head coach, seventh of the DI era.
- Wade is 3-1 at home, 0-4 away and 1-1 in neutral site contests.
- He is 0-0 vs. Northern Kentucky, 0-1 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.
SCOUTING THE NORSE
- Northern Kentucky is 1-7 on the season.
- The Norse compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
- Dave Bezold is in his 10th year as head coach with a 173-102 record. He was an assistant at NKU for 14 seasons.
- Northern Kentucky’s win came in overtime at Tulane (91-86). Its losses include at Purdue (77-76), at Kentucky (93-63), San Diego (75-44), Morehead State (74-61), SE Missouri (79-65), Texas State (70-61) and at UT Martin (79-66).
- Jordan Jackson leads the Norse in scoring at 13.5 points per contest. He adds 4.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.
- Todd Johnson is the leading rebounder (5.4 rpg).
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