2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Chattanooga (7-8/1-0) at The Citadel (4-11/0-1)
Game 16 | Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 | 7:05 p.m. | McAlister Arena | Charleston, S.C.
TV: CSS/ESPN3.com - Darren Goldwater (PxP) & Dean Keener (color) on the call. CSS is available in Chattanooga on Comcast (Ch. 27/HD: 1671), EPB (Ch. 32). It is also on ESPN3.com and the ESPN Full Court package.
RADIO: The Mocs Sports Network flagship station is ESPN 105.1 FM the Zone in Chattanooga. Jim Reynolds is in his 34th season as the Voice of the Mocs.
VIDEOSTREAM: Links for live video (ESPN3), audio (free) and live stats are available on the GoMocs.com men’s basketball schedule page.
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The squad returns to McKenzie Arena Thursday to host Samford (Jan. 9) at 7 p.m. We remain in the Scenic City to square off with Wofford (Jan. 11) on Saturday also at 7. Bring three canned food items to the Samford game for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and get a free general admission ticket.
- The New Year brings a new slate...namely the start of Southern Conference play. This year, Chattanooga begins on the road at Furman and The Citadel. An unbalanced 11-team, 16-game schedule includes six home-and-home series and four single meetings. The home-and-home opponents are Furman, Samford, Wofford, Appalachian State, UNCG and Western Carolina, while the Mocs match up with The Citadel (away), Elon (home), Davidson (away) and Georgia Southern (home) just once.
- The Mocs are looking for their first SoCon road sweep since the 2007-08 season. The program won at Wofford (85-78) on January 3 then at Furman (77-60) two days later. The last time we won back-to-back on the road in league play was January 5 and 10 last season at Samford (74-70) and The Citadel (70-65).
- Chattanooga is coming off its 16th Dr Pepper Classic Championship in the 24th year of the event. It’s won five of the last six. The Mocs claimed wins over Grand Canyon (69-64) from the WAC and Maine (86-80) of the America East Conference. Maine defeated Conference USA member Middle Tennessee, a 2013 NCAA At Large team, in overtime in the opening game.
- The Mocs are 361-213 (.629) all-time in SoCon regular season play, 140-148 (.486) on the road.
- Chattanooga is 56-16 (.778) in its history against the Citadel with the first game coming in 1925-26. For more series information, turn to page three of the notes package.
- The Mocs in their 37th season in the league. The program has won either the regular season, tournament or division title in 19 of those seasons with 10 regular season, 10 tourney and eight division crowns.
- Z. Mason has posted four double-doubles in a row. He is averaging 23.0 points, 12.8 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game over that span.
- Mason (5 times), Martynas Bareika, Ronrico White and Casey Jones have scored 20 or more points in a game this season.
- White averaged 14.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game over the last three shooting 46.4 percent (13-28) from the field including 50 percent (7-14) from beyond the arc.
- White missed the first nine games this season after summer hip surgery. He scored in double-digits in both Dr Pepper Classic games earning all-tourney honors for the second year in a row.
- Jones tallied or tied new career highs in the last two games. His 20 points against Maine was his first 20-point effort. He followed that by nearly recording a triple double with 13 points and highs of 13 rebounds and eight assists at Furman. He tied his high for steals with three in the contest.
- Bareika has started the last six games. In his last seven, he is averaging 12.4 points and 3.6 boards per contest.
- Mason posted a new career high at Furman with six blocks. He leads the SoCon in blocks at 2.4 per game. He also ranks fifth in scoring (18.2), third in rebounding (8.8) and sixth in FG percentage (53.7).
- Behind Mason, the Mocs (4.3 bpg) are second to Western Carolina (4.4) in the league in blocked shots. Jones (9th, 0.8) and T.J. Williams (T13th, 0.7) are also listed in the top 15.
- Mason is chasing a couple of career milestones. He currently has 853 points and 497 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 tied for 12th in the DI era in rebounding, with Eric Smith (1978-81), two behind Willie White (1981-84) and current assistant coach Casey Long (2004-07) with 499.
- Mason has 31 blocks this year which gives him 68 for his two-plus years on the hardwood, good for seventh place on the Mocs career list, three behind Aaron Morgan (2002-03) in sixth.
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in scoring (78.3), steals (8.1) and turnover margin (+2.4).
- That the Mocs lead the conference in steals is not surprising. Three rank in top 10 in the league: Gee McGhee (6th, 1.3) and Greg Pryor and Jones (T8th, 1.3).
- Jones is also among the leaders in scoring (29th, 10.4), rebounding (9th, 5.6) and FG percentage (5th, 54.2%).
- McGhee is also 23rd in scoring (11.3), fourth in assists (3.5) and eighth in A/TO ratio (1.7).
- Pryor is also sixth in FT% (79.5). He’s registered one or fewer turnovers in nine of the 15 outings.
- Bareika 10th in FT percentage (76.7), 15th in 3pt% (38.0) and 14th in 3pt made per game (1.8).
- Alex Bran (39.5) is tied for 12th in the league in 3pt%.
HEAD COACH WILL WADE
- Head Coach Will Wade is 7-8 in his first season as a head coach. He is Chattanooga’s 18th head coach, seventh of the DI era.
- Wade is 5-1 at home, 1-6 away and 1-1 in neutral site contests.
- He is 0-0 vs. The Citadel, 1-0 vs. SoCon 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 BULLDOGS
- The Citadel is 4-11 on the season with wins over Presbyterian, North Greenville, Montreat and Brevard.
- The Bulldogs are 4-2 at home.
- The Citadel is led by 4th year head coach Chuck Driesell who is 28-79 there.
- Matt Van Scyoc leads the Bulldogs at 14.2 points per game. He is the SoCon leader in FT percentage (89.0%).
- Brian White chips in 14.0 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game.
- The Bulldogs lead the league in FT percentage (73.8%).GoMocs.com is the official website of the Chattanooga Mocs. The Mocs can also be followed on their official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GoMocs) or on Twitter (@GoMocsMBB & @GoMocs). Find out how to join the UTC Mocs Club and support more than 300 student-athletes by clicking here.