Lance Stokes has dished out 10 assists over the last three games.
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Hoops Preview: Samford Visits Monday Night

2012-13 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Samford (8-16/6-5) at Chattanooga (9-15/4-7)
Game 25 | Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 | 7:30 p.m. | McKenzie Arena | Chattanooga, Tenn.

LINKS
Media Guide | Schedule | Roster | Tickets (Home) | Samford

MEDIA AVAILABILITY
TV: N/A
RADIO: The Mocs Sports Network flagship station is ESPN 105.1 FM the Zone in Chattanooga. Jim Reynolds is in his 33rd year as the play-by-play "Voice of the Mocs".
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PROMOTIONS: Blackout. All fans encouraged to wear black.

NEXT UP
The Mocs remain at home for the final game of a four-game homestand. Furman comes to town Thursday for a 7 p.m., tip.

MR. 1,000
"Voice of the Mocs" Jim Reynolds is coming up on his 1,000th Chattanooga basketball game. His first was November 29, 1980, an 82-53 win over Maryville. UTC won its first of 18 regular-season titles that season. A coincidence? We think not. The school has won more than 600 games since Reynolds took over as "Voice of the Mocs" in 1980. He's in his 33rd season and will be celebrated at the February 21st game vs. UNCG.

OPENING TIPS
- After opening the 2013 portion of the SoCon slate with six of eight on the road, Chattanooga is home for six of the seven. It's entering game three of the stretch with Samford.

- It is a hectic schedule over the few days. This is game three of a three-in-five run and five-in-10 overall. The first four are at home concluding with a road game at Wofford on Saturday.

- The Mocs are past the midway point in the conference schedule. Below is a stat comparison between halves:

Record

FGM-Att

FG%

3ptM-Att

3pt%

FTM-Att

FT%

Pts

Assists

3-6

200-507

.394

55-166

.331

162-230

.704

68.6

11.4

1-1

61-127

.480

14-36

.389

21-36

.583

78.5

14.5

- UTC started the season 2-8 through 10 games before playing the next 10 at 6-4. Breakdown between 10-game sections:

Record

FGM-Att

FG%

3ptM-Att

3pt%

FTM-Att

FT%

Pts

Assists

2-8

212-555

.382

50-175

.286

150-239

.628

62.4

10.8

6-4

257-603

.426

61-197

.310

171-244

.701

74.6

13.8

1-3

100-223

.448

21-67

.313

62-93

.667

70.8

11.5

- 85th meeting with Samford, most against any school. The Mocs lead the series 49-35, 7-3 since Samford joined the SoCon in 2008-09. For more series notes check out page 3.

- UTC captured the first game 74-70 at Samford on January 5 holding a 30-17 advantage on the glass and shot a season-best 57.8 percent (26-45) from the floor. Z. Mason and Gee McGhee scored 17 apiece, while Raijon Kelly posted 27 for the Bulldogs. Williams chipped in 18 points and six boards. Notes and stats from the contest are on pages 14 and 15.

- The Mocs lead the SoCon in rebounds per game (37.8) and offensive rebound percentage (.356), while ranking second in rebounding margin (+3.6).

- Chattanooga is 10th in the league in FT percentage (66.5%). In the first 36 minutes, it shoots 61.6 percent (276-448). In the final four minutes of the game is when it excels shooting 83.6 percent (107-128). Ronrico White paces the effort at 90.7 percent (39-43) with Z. Mason right behind at 90.3 percent (28-31).

- Stat leaders over last 5 games (1-4):

 

Team

Ind.

Points:

68.8/-4.8

 Gee McGhee, 17.6

Rebounds:

35.0/-0.4

Z. Mason, 7.4

Assists:

10.4

Gee McGhee, 2.8

Blocks:

2.2

Z. Mason, 0.8

Steals:

4.8

Gee McGhee, 1.6

FG%:

41.8

Drazen Zlovaric, 56.1

3pt%:

32.2

Gee McGhee, 44.4

FT%:

66.7

Ronrico White, 88.2

- Mason has topped double digits in seven straight and 12 of the last 13. Gee McGhee has 10 or more in six consecutive contests. McGhee had back-to-back 20-point games with 22 against The Citadel and 20 vs. CofC. Averaging 17.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game over last six.

- Mason is averaging 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game over the last 16 shooting 50.0 percent (97-194) from the field, 34.8 percent (16-46) from three-point range and 72.5 percent (58-80) from the free throw line.

- Mason is posting 16.6 points and 7.1 boards per SoCon contest. McGhee has also elevated his play in the league slate averaging 14.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

- McGhee has played 23 or more minutes in every game with a high of 37 (App State). He is the only squad member to do so averaging a team-best 29.4 minutes per contest. Mason is second at 26.9.

- McGhee's 134 FTA leads the SoCon.

- White is 10 FTM shy of 100 on the season. He would become the 28th Moc in the DI era to eclipse 100 FTM in a season. The last was Nicchaeus Doaks (2006-09) with 139 in 2008-09. He would be the 12th guard.

- White has been among the league leaders in FT% and attempts all year. Over his last 16, he's made 86.4 percent (57-66).

- Zlovaric has scored in double digits in three straight averaging 14.3 points and 6.3 boards per game during the stretch making 21 of 33 from field (63.6%).

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
- Samford is 8-16 overall, 6-5 in the SoCon North. It is 3-9 on the road, 2-3 vs. SoCon competition with wins at College of Charleston and The Citadel.
- Bennie Seltzer is in his first season with the Bulldogs. He was an assistant at Indiana prior to coming to Birmingham.
- Samford shoots 44.4 percent from the floor, 37.7 percent from three-point range and 66.0 percent from the charity stripe. It allows opponents 46.2 percent shooting including 36.4 percent from beyond the arc.
- The Bulldogs lead the SoCon in three-point field goal percentage (37.7%).
- Freshman Tim Williams leads the team in points and rebounding at 14.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
- Raijon Kelly adds 14.3 points and 4.5 assists per contest.

MURRAY ARNOLD
The Chattanooga Mocs lost a legend on Nov. 14, 2012 as former Head Coach Murray Arnold passed away in Florida. He laid the DI championship foundation coaching for six years, 1980-85, with a 135-46 record. He coached collegiately at four institutions (Birmingham Southern, Western Kentucky and Stetson) amassing a 420-229 mark in 22 seasons. The Mocs captured four SoCon Championships in six UTC campaigns advancing to three NCAA Tournaments and two NITs reaching the Elite 8 (NIT) in 1985 and narrowly missing the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1982.

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