2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Chattanooga (15-10/9-1) at Samford (10-15/4-6)
Game 26 | Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 | 7 p.m. | Hanna Center | Birmingham, Ala.
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The Mocs play at home the next two Thursdays hosting Western Carolina (2/13) and Georgia Southern (2/20).
- Chattanooga is playing its third game in eight days, Samford its fourth.
- The Mocs are 9-1 tied with Davidson for first-place in the Southern Conference. Wofford (7-3), Elon (6-3) and Western Carolina (5-3) round out the top five. The first five earn byes to open the SoCon Tournament.
- Chattanooga’s won 11 of their last 13 games. The last five wins have been by double digits. The Bulldogs are 4-3 since our January 9 meeting in McKenzie Arena.
- The Mocs are receiving votes in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25.
- Chattanooga is 9-1 to open SoCon play for the first time since a 9-1 beginning in 1996-97. It has been 10-1 four times (1981-82, 1982-83, 1984-85 & 1986-87).
- The Mocs are 51-35 in its history against Samford, 8-3 in regular season SoCon matchups. The Bulldogs are the most frequent all-time opponent even though it entered the SoCon in 2008-09. UTC has won the last four in the series and six of the last seven. For more series information, turn to page three.
- Chattanooga was shooting 66.9 percent (241-360) from the free throw line after the Dr Pepper Classic Championship to end 2013. It has shot 76.0 percent (241-360) since led by Greg Pryor (87.0%, 20-23), Ronrico White (85.5%, 53-62) and Z. Mason (81.4%, 48-59) so far in 2014.
- The Mocs probable lineup tonight is 12-2. Wade has used just three different starting fives thus far.
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in blocks (5.3). For its complete SoCon team and individual ranks, turn to page six.
- Mason is the Southern Conference January Player of the Month named Feb. 7.
- Mason leads the SoCon in rebounding (9.6), blocks (3.1) and defensive boards (6.6). He ranks nationally, in blocks (16th) and rebounding (25th).
- Mason is averaging 19.4 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per contest over his last 14 games. He’s had 11 double-doubles during that stretch with six 20 & 10 performances (two 30 & 10).
- Casey Jones is enjoying the New Year. Since the flip of the calendar he is averaging 14.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. He is shooting 60.4 percent (61-101) from the field and 77.1 percent (37-48) from the free throw line.
- Jones is third in the league in FG pct. (57.8%).
- The Mocs are second in the SoCon in scoring (76.4).
- The team is tied for 61st nationally in scoring.
- Z. Mason is fourth in the league at 18.1 points per game. He is averaging a double-double (17.6 points & 10.8) in SoCon contests.
- Casey Jones (18th, 12.1 ppg) is also listed among the SoCon leaders.
- In SoCon games only, Mason (5th, 17.6), Jones (11th, 15.1) and Ronrico White (15th, 13.9) rank in the top 15.
- Mason (8 times), Jones (4 times), White (twice) and Martynas Bareika have scored 20 or more points in a game this season. Mason has two with 30 or more.
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in blocked shots (5.3). That number increases to 7.0 per game in conference play.
- Z. Mason is the obvious focus as the league leader in swat at 3.1 per contest. In 10 SoCon settings, he’s rejecting 4.2 per game.
- The team has five or more blocks in 11 games in a row and in 16 overall this season.
- The Mocs are 36th nationally in blocked shots.
- Mason’s 72 blocks are second-most on the all-time season list behind Neil Ashby (89, 2001-02)
MASON CAREER NOTES
- Mason has 1,032 points, 604 boards and 109 blocks in his two-plus years as a Moc.
- ONLY Moc in school history to exceed 1,000 points, 500 boards and 100 blocks.
- Just the third DI era performer with 1,000 points and 600 rebounds (Nicchaeus Doaks, 2006-09 and Lance Fulse, 1985-88).
- Currently 18th in scoring, 11 points behind assistant coach Casey Long (2004-07) in 17th (1,043).
- Currently fourth in rebounding, 49 short of Khalil Hartwell (2006-09) in third with 653.
- Currently fourth in blocks, one shy of Neil Ashby (2001-02) in third with 110.
- For career and season record watches along with career active leaders, turn to page eight.
MASON DOUBLE-DOUBLE NOTES
- Mason has 12 double-doubles this season tying the DI era season record held by Keith Nelson (1990-91) and Lance Fulse (1987-88).
- He is tied for sixth in the nation in double-doubles. Jerrelle Benimon (Towson) and Scott Eatherton (Northeastern) lead with 15.
- Mason has six 20/10 games which is two behind of Nelson’s 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 19 career double-doubles which ranks third behind Nelson (23) and Fulse (21).
HEAD COACH WILL WADE
- Head Coach Will Wade is 15-10 in his first season as a head coach. He is Chattanooga’s 18th head coach, seventh of the DI era.
- Wade is 10-1 at home, 4-8 away and 1-1 in neutral site contests.
- He is 1-0 vs. Samford, 9-1 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
- Samford is 10-15, 4-6 in the SoCon.
- The Bulldogs are 8-3 at home this season, 3-2 in league play.
- Head Coach Bennie Seltzer is 21-36 in his second season. He is 0-3 vs. the Mocs.
- Glenn Cosey leads EKU averaging 19.1 points per game. Cosey is third in the OVC in scoring.
- He is joined in double digits by Corey Walden (13.1) and Marcus Lewis (11.0). Eric Stutz is the leading rebounder at 4.6 per contest.
- The Colonels lead the OVC in scoring margin (+9.1), FT Pct. (75.8), steals (9.2), TO margin (+6.5), A/TO ratio (1.4) and 3pt made per game (9.3). Cosey is first in 3pt made per game (3.4) and FT% (87.8).
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