2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
UNCG (10-11/3-3) at Chattanooga (13-8/7-0)
Game 22 | Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 | 7 p.m. | McKenzie Arena | Chattanooga, Tenn.
TV: ESPN3.com - Darren Goldwater (PxP) & Dean Keener (Analysis) on the call.
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 (PPV), audio (free) and live stats are available on the GoMocs.com men’s basketball schedule page.
PROMOTIONS: CODE BLUE. All fans are encouraged to wear BLUE to the game. Giveaways include CODE BLUE t-shirts, $100 Gas Card courtesy of FSG Bank, Rally Towels & McDonald’s Foam French Fries.
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The Mocs travel to Davidson Thursday, Jan. 30, before returning home again next Saturday, Feb. 1, hosting Furman.
- Chattanooga is alone atop the Southern Conference standings at 7-0. It has a one-and-a-half game lead over Davidson at 5-1. Western Carolina (4-2), Elon (3-2) and Wofford (4-3) round out the top five.
- The Mocs’ nine-game win streak is the longest since winning 11 in a row in 1997 (1/6/97-2/6/97), a span of 17 seasons. That’s also the last time the team went undefeated in January (8-0) which has happened two other times: 10-0 in 1981-82 and 8-0 in 1984-85.
- Chattanooga is 7-0 to open SoCon play for the first time since 2010-11. It has started league play 7-0 four other times (1981-82, 1984-85, 2007-08 & 2010-11) winning the regular season or division each season. The last time the program was 8-0 in the conference was a 9-0 beginning in 1984-85. It’s best start ever was 10-0 in 1981-82.
- The Mocs are 367-213 (.633) all-time in SoCon regular season play, 224-65 (.775) at home.
- Chattanooga is 18-15 (.545) in its history against UNCG, 10-5 in McKenzie Arena. That includes a mark of 14-12 (.539) in SoCon regular-season games. For more series information, turn to page three of the linked game notes package.
- Stat to watch: the Mocs lead the Southern Conference in offensive rebound percentage grabbing 36.0 percent of their missed shots. The Spartans pace the league in defensive rebound percentage nabbing 73.9 percent of their opponents’ wayward field goals.
- Z. Mason is averaging 21.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per contest over his last 10 games, shooting 50.0 percent (77-154) from the field including 42.1 percent (16-38) from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent (46-64) at the free throw line.
- Mason has nine double-doubles in last 10 games.
- Mason leads the SoCon in rebounding (9.6) and blocks (2.9) ranking 23rd and 21st nationally, respectively, in those categories.
- The Mocs are 9-0 since Ronrico White’s return to the playing rotation after the holiday break.
- White has just five turnovers in his last 155 minutes at the point (1 every 31 min.). He has a 2.4 assist-turnover ratio during the nine-game win streak.
- Casey Jones has turned it up a notch in league play. He’s posting 15.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per SoCon game.
- Jones is second in the league in FG pct. (57.1).
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in scoring (78.3), scoring margin (+4.5), rebounds (37.2), blocks (5.1), turnover margin (+2.0) and offensive rebound pct (36.0%). For complete SoCon team and individual ranks, turn to page six of the linked game notes package.
- The Mocs lead the SoCon in scoring (78.6) and scoring margin (+4.5).
- The team ranks 39th nationally in scoring.
- Z. Mason is third in the league at 19.0 points per game. He is averaging an impressive 20.6 points and 11.7 boards per SoCon contest.
- Mason is 46th in the country in scoring.
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in blocked shots (5.1). That number increases to 7.3 per game in conference play.
- Z. Mason is the obvious focus as the league leader in swat at 2.9 per contest. In seven SoCon settings, he’s rejecting 4.3 per game.
- The team has five or more blocks in seven games in a row and in 12 overall.
- The Mocs are 48th nationally in blocked shots.
- Mason’s 55 blocks are fourth-most on the all-time season list behind 60 by Aaron Morgan in 2002-03.
MASON CAREER NOTES
- Mason has 977 points, 566 boards and 92 blocks in his two-plus years as a Moc.
- On pace to be just the third DI era performer with 1,000 points and 600 rebounds (Nicchaeus Doaks, 2006-09 and Lance Fulse, 1985-88).
- On pace to become only Moc in school history to exceed 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks.
- Currently 20th in scoring, fourth in rebounding and fifth in blocks.
- For career and season record watches along with career active leaders, turn to page eight of the linked game notes package.
MASON DOUBLE-DOUBLE NOTES
- Mason has 10 double-doubles this season. The DI era season record is 12 by Keith Nelson (1990-91) and Lance Fulse (1985-88).
- He is seventh in the nation in double-doubles. Northeastern’s Scott Eatherton leads with 14.
- Mason has five 20/10 games which is three shy of Keith Nelson (1990-91) mark of eight in 1990-91.
- Mason has two 30/10 games, one short of Johnny Taylor’s (2006-07) school record of three in 2005-06.
- Mason has 17 career double-doubles which ranks behind Nelson (23), Fulse (21) and is tied for third with Nicchaeus Doaks (17, 2006-09).
HEAD COACH WILL WADE
- Head Coach Will Wade is 13-8 in his first season as a head coach. He is Chattanooga’s 18th head coach, seventh of the DI era.
- Wade is 8-1 at home, 4-6 away and 1-1 in neutral site contests.
- He is 1-0 vs. UNCG, 7-0 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 SPARTANS
- UNCG is 10-11 overall, 3-3 in the SoCon.
- This is the first of two meetings between the two.
- The Spartans are 2-5 in road games this season, 1-2 in SoCon play with a win at App State and losses to Western Carolina and Samford.
- Head Coach Wes Miller 30-44 in his third season, 5-0 vs. the Mocs, 2-0 in McKenzie Arena.
- Four UNCG players average in double digits led by Kyle Cain at 16.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. He is joined by Kayel Locke (12.5, 4.4), Tevon Saddler (12.4) and Nicholas Paulos (10.5).
- UNCG leads the SoCon in rebound margin (+3.6) and defensive rebound percentage (.739).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.