2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Montreat (3-2) at Chattanooga (1-1)
Game 3 | Saturday, November 16, 2013 | 7 p.m. | McKenzie Arena | Chattanooga, Tenn.
RADIO: The Mocs Sports Network flagship station is ESPN 105.1 FM the Zone in Chattanooga. Jim Reynolds is in his 34th year as the play-by-play “Voice of the Mocs”. Jim is unavailable Saturday evening calling football at Samford in the afternoon. The Alexander Graham Bell call to the bullpen is to Larry Ward. Ward is the play-by-play voice of the women’s team and the Chattanooga Lookouts.
VIDEOSTREAM: The contest is available on MocsVision on GoMocs.com. Links for video (PPV), audio (free) and live stats are available on the men’s basketball schedule page.
PROMOTIONS: Free Youth Bag Tags will be given away at the door.
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The two-game home stand concludes Tuesday as Kennesaw State visits the Scenic City on Tuesday, November 19. Game time is 7 p.m. The Mocs hit the road for five straight away before returning to McKenzie Arena on December 10 (Hiwassee).
- Saturday’s game is the third on the season and the second in a three-in-four stretch at home.
- Chattanooga has a 1-0 series advantage against Radford. See page three for more series info.
- The Mocs are 91-1 against non-DI competition since the move to DI in 1977-78. The lone loss was December 16, 1999 to Southern Poly, 73-69
- Welcome home this weekend to Montreat Head Coach Lincoln Walters. Walters played with current student assistant Johnny Taylor on the Mocs’ Sweet 16 team in 1997.
- Assistant Coach Wes Long sees a familiar face on the other bench this weekend. The Cavs’ assistant coach Ray Henderson was an assistant coach for Long for three seasons at Queens (2011-13).
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in scoring (98.5 ppg), blocks (7.0), steals (12.5) and turnover margin (+12.0).
- Greg Pryor leads the SoCon in free throw percentage (100%). Well, technically he is tied except he’s made (14) twice as many as the next student-athlete (7) on the list. Pryor is 16th in scoring (15.5 ppg), tied for 11th in assists (3.5 apg), tied for third in steals (2.5 spg) and tied for second in assist/TO ratio (7.0).
- Z. Mason is the conference leader in blocks (3.0 bpg), while also ranking in scoring (T30, 11.5) and rebounding (T9, 7.5)
- Gee McGhee is ninth in the SoCon in scoring (18.0 ppg). He also ranks tied for ninth in assists (4.0 apg), 8th in free throw percentage (93.8%), tied for 14th in steals (1.5 spg) and seventh in assist/turnover ratio (2.0).
- Eric Robertson provides a spark off the bench. He is tied for 25th in the league in scoring (13.0 ppg), tied for 19th in rebounding (5.5 rpg), tied for third in steals (2.5 spg) and is tied for 10th in 3pt made per game (2.0).
- Lance Stokes is second in the SoCon in steals making three per game as the mad man at the front of the press. He’s tied for eighth in blocked shots (1.5 bpg).
- Martynas Bareika ranks among the league leaders in 3pt percentage (8th, 62.5%) and 3pt made per game (T7th, 2.5).
- Alex Bran is tied for 12th in the SoCon in FG percentage (60.0%), tied for fourth in 3pt percentage (66.7%) and tied for 10th in 3pt made per game (2.0).
- T.J. Williams is tied for 12th in the SoCon in rebounding (7.0 rpg) and tied for eighth in blocks (1.5 bpg).
- Casey Jones is tied for fourth in blocks (1.5 bpg).
HEAD COACH WILL WADE
- Head Coach Will Wade is 1-1 in his first season as a head coach. He is Chattanooga’s 18th head coach, seventh of the DI era.
- Wade is 1-0 at home, 0-1 away and 0-0 in neutral site contests.
- 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 CAVALIERS
- As perviously noted, Montreat is coached by former Mocs guard Lincoln Walters.
- The Cavaliers are a NAIA DII program competing in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.
- Montreat is 3-2 on the season. It has wins over Northwestern Ohio (95-91), Piedmont Baptist (96-31) and Webber International (82-81). Its losses are to nationally-ranked opponents, 95-87 to No. 14 Saint Thomas and 90-83 at No. 20 Tennessee Wesleyan.
- The Cavs have scored 82 or more points every game, averaging 88.6 points per contest.
- Montreat is leads NAIA DII in 3pt% (51.5) and is 8th nationally in FG% (53.2).
- La’Bris Adams paces the Cavaliers’ attack at 24.5 points per game. Kerigan Farley (13.6) and Josh Foster (11.6) also average in double digits. Adams is No. 10 in the nation in scoring.
- Melvin Irvin leads in rebounding - 6.2 rpg - and the team holds a +8.8 rebounding margin per game.
- Five Cavs shoot better than 50% from the floor, led by Farley (62.9%) and Adams (59.7%).
Will Wade on Saturday's game: "I'm hoping we can guard the 3-pt line and keep their percentage down. They shoot 52% from the 3-pt line and are No. 1 in the NAIA in made threes. I want to see a better overall defensive effort, a more concerted effort there. I want to see our guys play hard."
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