2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Western Carolina (14-11/7-3) at Chattanooga (15-11/9-2)
Game 27 | Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 | 7 p.m. | McKenzie Arena | Chattanooga, Tenn.
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The Mocs are off until next Thursday, February 20, hosting Georgia Southern.
- Chattanooga is in second-place in the Southern Conference at 9-2, one game behind Davidson in first at 10-1. Wofford (8-3), Western Carolina (6-3) and Elon (7-3) round out the top five. The first five earn byes to open the SoCon Tournament. Turn to page seven of the linked notes package for bracket and ticket info.
- The Mocs are 58-22 in its history against Western Carolina, 47-19 in regular season SoCon matchups. The two schools have split the last eight season series with the last sweep coming in 2004-05 by Chattanooga. For more series information, turn to page three of the linked notes package.
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in blocks (5.3). For its complete SoCon team and individual ranks, turn to page six of the linked notes package.
- The Mocs probable lineup tonight is 12-3. Wade has used just three different starting fives thus far.
- Z. 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 24th, 17th and 22nd, respectively.
- Mason’s posted 11 double-doubles over the last 15 games with six 20 & 10 performances (two 30 & 10).
- Casey Jones is enjoying the New Year. Since the flip of the calendar he is averaging 14.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. He is shooting 56.6 percent (64-113) from the field and 75.9 percent (41-56) from the free throw line.
- Jones is third in the league in FG pct. (56.0%).
- The Mocs are second in the SoCon in scoring (76.7).
- The team is tied for 53rd nationally in scoring.
- Z. Mason is fifth in the league at 17.7 points per game. He is averaging a double-double (16.8 points & 10.7 rebounds) in SoCon contests.
- Casey Jones (20th, 12.0 ppg) is also listed among the SoCon leaders.
- In SoCon games only, Mason (6th, 16.8 ppg), Jones (11th, 14.6 ppg) and Ronrico White (12th, 14.4 ppg) rank in the top 15.
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in blocked shots (5.3). That number increases to 6.8 per game in conference play.
- 137 blocks on the season is the third-most in school history behind 175 in 2001-02 and 154 in 1981-82.
- The team has five or more blocks in 12 games in a row and in 17 overall this season.
- The Mocs are 34th in the country in blocked shots.
- Z. Mason is the obvious focus as the league leader in swats at 3.1 per contest. In 11 SoCon settings, he’s rejecting 4.0 per game.
- Mason’s 74 blocks are second-most on the all-time season list behind Neil Ashby (89, 2001-02).
MASON CAREER NOTES
- Mason has 1,041 points, 614 boards and 111 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, two points behind assistant coach Casey Long (2004-07) in 17th (1,043).
- Currently fourth in rebounding, 39 short of Khalil Hartwell (2006-09) in third with 653.
- Currently third in blocks, seven shy of Otis Donald (1998-00) in second with 118.
- For career and season record watches along with career active leaders, turn to page nine of the linked notes package.
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 eighth 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 15-11 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, 4-9 away and 1-1 in neutral site contests.
- He is 0-0 vs. Western Carolina, 9-2 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 CATAMOUNTS
- Western Carolina is 14-11 this season, 7-3 in the Southern Conference currently tied for fourth with Elon, a half-game behind Wofford in third.
- The Catamounts are 3-9 on the road this season, 2-2 in league play winning at Georgia Southern and The Citadel while losing at Wofford and Elon.
- Head Coach Larry Hunter is 135-148 in his ninth season, 644-372 in his 23rd year as a head coach. He is 8-8 vs. the Mocs, 2-6 in Chattanooga.
- WCU leads the SoCon in steals (7.8), turnover margin (+1.8) and offensive rebound pct (35.8%).
- Trey Sumler leads the Catamounts averaging 18.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists per contest. Brandon Boggs (10.8) and James Sinclair (10.7) also average double digits.
- Sumler leads the SoCon in assists.
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