"Voice of the Mocs" Jim Reynolds will be celebrated Thursday night for 1,000 basketball games called in his 33 seasons at UTC.
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Hoops Preview: Mocs Host UNCG Thursday

2012-13 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
UNCG (7-18/5-9) at Chattanooga (11-16/6-8)
Game 28 | Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 | 7 p.m. | McKenzie Arena | Chattanooga, Tenn.

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

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".
MOCSVISION: Video (PPV) & audio (free) is available online at GoMocs.com via MocsVision. Links for video, audio and live stats are available on the men's basketball schedule page.
PROMOTIONS: Celebration of "Voice of the Mocs" Jim Reynolds 1,000 games behind the mic.

NEXT UP
UTC closes out the home portion of its schedule Saturday with Elon in town for Senior Night at 7:30. The Mocs close out the regular season on the road next weekend at Western Carolina (Thur.) and Appalachian State (Sat.). The App date is a doubleheader with the Lady Mocs.

MR. 1,000
The celebration for "Voice of the Mocs" Jim Reynolds calling 1,000 Chattanooga basketball games is Thursday, February 21. 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.

OPENING TIPS
- Jim Reynolds has called 1,000 Chattanooga basketball games over 33 seasons as "Voice of the Mocs". 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 in 1980. The Mocs are celebrating his accomplishment at Thursday's game vs. UNCG.

- Chattanooga is 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

Reb

3-6

200-507

.394

55-166

.331

162-230

.704

68.6

37.0

3-2

137-315

.435

28-96

.292

58-91

.637

72.0

37.4

- UTC started the season 2-8 through 10 games going 9-7 since. 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

3-4

176-411

.428

35-127

.276

99-148

.669

69.4

12.7

- The Mocs celebrate senior night on Saturday. Along with Dontay Hampton and Drazen Zlovaric, the school also bids farewell to redshirt junior Drew Baker who is completing his degree and hanging up the laces. Student managers Jared Hawkins, Brian Murphy and Brett Stuart will be honored as well for their contributions to the program.

- Saturday's DH with the Lady Mocs will be televised on ESPN3.com per SoCon broadcast package.

- The two division winners receive byes for the Southern Conference Championship in Asheville. After that, the top two conference marks regardless of division get the remaining tickets to the quarterfinals. Elon (11-3 North) and Davidson (14-1 South) lead their respective divisions. College of Charleston (11-4) needs a single win to clinch the third bye. Samford (8-6) currently holds the fourth. UTC is two games behind the Bulldogs for the final bye.

- The Mocs are 18-13 all-time against UNCG, 10-4 at home. The squad has won four of the past home meetings with the Spartans. Check out page 3 for more series notes.

- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in rebounds per game (38.3) and offensive rebound percentage (.359), while ranking second in rebounding margin (+4.8) and defensive rebound percentage (.729).

- UTC is ninth in the league in FT percentage (66.6%). In the first 36 minutes, it shoots 61.9 percent (304-491). In the final four minutes of the game is when it excels shooting 82.9 percent (116-140). Ronrico White paces the effort at 91.1 percent (41-45) with Z. Mason right behind at 90.3 percent (28-31).

- Stat leaders over last 5 games (3-2):

 

Team

Ind.

Points:

72.0/+5.4

 Gee McGhee, 17.0

Rebounds:

37.4/+8.2

Z. Mason, 6.0

Assists:

14.4

Ronrico White, 4.6

Blocks:

1.8

Z. Mason, 0.6

Steals:

6.8

Z. Mason, 1.4

FG%:

43.5

Drazen Zlovaric, 63.4

3pt%:

29.2

Z. Mason, 44.4

FT%:

63.7

Ronrico White, 100.0

- Gee McGhee has scored 12 or more in nine consecutive contests. McGhee had back-to-back 20-point games with 22 against The Citadel and 20 vs. CofC during this stretch. He's averaging 16.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game over the last nine shooting 47.5 percent from the floor, 37.8 percent from three-point range and 65.6 percent from the line.

- Starting with his 22-point performance at LSU, Mason has been on quite a roll. He is averaging 16.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game over the 19-game stretch shooting 49.3 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from the arc and 72.9 percent from the charity stripe.

- Mason is posting 15.6 points and 7.3 boards per SoCon contest. McGhee has also elevated his play in the league slate averaging 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

- McGhee's development this year has been impressive. Here is a look, per the numbers, at his improvement by the turn of the New Year:

Split

G

FG%

3pt%

FT%

PPG

RPG

APG

SPG

2012

13

35.9

24.6

51.5

10.2

3.2

2.2

1.3

2013

14

44.0

38.0

65.0

13.5

4.1

2.6

1.4

- McGhee's 146 FTA leads the SoCon.

- White is one 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. He has made his last 17 and 23 of 24 (95.8%). Over his last 19 games, he's made 88.0 percent (66-75).

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
- UNCG is 7-18 overall, 5-9 in the SoCon North. It is 1-10 on the road, 1-5 vs. SoCon competition with a win at Furman.
- Wes Miller is 18-29 in his second season on the Spartans bench. He is 3-0 against UTC, 1-0 in Chattanooga.
- Junior Trevis Simpson leads the SoCon in scoring at 19.4 points per game. Derrell Armstrong adds 14.9 ppg, while Kayel Locke chips in 10.5.
- UNCG averages 71.3 points per game shooting 41.5 percent from the field, 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 67.9 percent from the free throw line.

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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