TV: ESPN3.com (Jayhawk TV) - linked in related links. Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Chris Piper (color) have the call.
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
MOCSVISION: Tonight's audio is available online at GoMocs.com via
MocsVision. Links for audio (free) and live stats are available on the men's
basketball schedule page.
Chattanooga comes home to host the Chattanooga Sub-Regional of the CBE
Classic. Louisiana Tech, Southeast Missouri and Troy square off in a
round-robin November 18-20 in McKenzie Arena. The Mocs face SEMO, Troy and then
- First ranked opponent for the Mocs since No. 3 Kentucky
last December. UTC is 3-47 all-time against ranked opponents. See page 2 of
game notes for extended ranking notes.
- The Kansas game marks the sixth time the Mocs have
faced a previous season's NCAA finalist. It is the second year in a row UTC has
done it with Butler on the docket in 2011-12 (57-46 loss). Previously, the Mocs
played North Carolina (1982 champ) at home on Dec. 21, 1982 losing 73-66, at
Michigan (1993 runner-up) on Dec. 5, 1993 losing 97-86, at Kansas (2003
runner-up) losing 90-76 on Nov. 21, 2003 and Memphis (2008 runner-up) in San
Juan, P.R., on Nov. 20, 2008 losing 83-71.
- KU holds a 2-0 series advantage against UTC. Shulman is
facing the Jayhawks for the first time as a head coach. See page three of the
game notes for more series info.
- This is the first UTC roster since well before the move
to DI (1977-78) to not have a single junior college transfer on its roster. See
expanded note on page two (New Path) of game notes.
- Chattanooga made a school record 23 steals including
six from Farad Cobb (West Palm Beach, Fla.). Those six marked a new freshman
record best the previous high of four which was held by seven student-athletes.
Among them is teammate Ronrico White (Knoxville, Tenn.) and assistant coach
Casey Long (2004-07).
- The Mocs struggled shooting the ball from outside
Tuesday night making just 9.1 percent (2-22) from three-point range. It did not
stop the team from scoring 88 as UTC made 56.3 percent (27-48) inside the arc
scoring 42 of its 88 points in the paint.
- The opening night starting lineup included 32 career
starts (Zlovaric 31/Mason 1).
- 18 home games this season break the Mocs' school record
of 17 set in the 1985-86 and 2011-12 seasons. See page four of the game notes for
more on the schedule.
The Mocs are 3-47 all-time against ranked DI opponents:
- Last win over a Top 25 team came in 1996-97 topping No. 19 Illinois,
75-63, in Charlotte, N.C., on March 16, 1997 to advance to the Sweet 16 in the
- Other wins include No. 17 Georgia (1997 in Charlotte) and No. 15 East
Tennessee State (1/21/91 in Chattanooga).
- Winless on the road against Top 25 teams (0-23).
BIG 12 HISTORY
The game at KU is the first Big 12 meeting for the Mocs since Missouri
on Nov. 24, 2009. It's the first matchup with a current Big 12 member since
Nov. 21, 2003 at...Kansas.
- 1-5 (.167) against current Big 12 membership.
- 0-2 vs. KU, 0-1 vs. Oklahoma, 1-2 vs. Texas.
- 1-0 at home, 0-3 away and 0-2 neutral.
- Kansas is 1-1 with a 74-55 win over Southeast Missouri and a 67-64
loss to Michigan State.
- Head Coach Bill Self is in his ninth season at KU. He played at
Oklahoma State and has headed programs at Oral Roberts (1993-97), Tulsa
(1997-00) and Illinois (2000-03).
- Jeff Withey leads the Jayhawks averaging 12. 5 points, 9.5 rebounds
and 3.5 blocks per contest. Ben McLemore adds 11.5 points, 7.5 boards and 4.0
assists per game, while Elijah Johnson chips in 10 points per game.
- KU is shooting 43.6 percent from the field, 20.0 percent (6-30) from
beyond the arc and 52.5 percent (42-80) inside it.
- Defensively the Jayhawks throttle opponents allowing just 39.1 percent
shooting. Led by Withey's seven, Kansas has 17 blocks (8.5 per game), 10 vs.
SEMO and seven against Michigan State.
- Interesting comparison, KU shot 2-21 from three-point range in its
opener, while the Mocs were 2-22 in theirs.
When is the last time Chattanooga had two freshmen in the opening night
starting lineup? Well not once on record in the DI era (1977-78 to present).
- Josh Odem (2010) is the last freshman to get the nod on opening night
(11/13/09 vs. Virginia Intermont). As previously noted, Odem in 2009 is the
last freshman to start on opening night for the Mocs.
- That same game is the last time Chattanooga had as many first-time
starters as this season. Keegan Bell (2010-12), Ridge McKeither (2010), Odem
and Ricky Taylor (2009-12) each made their first start against Virginia
Intermont on November 13, 2009. McKeither and Odem made their collegiate
CHANGING OF THE
- Chattanooga returns one starter (Drazen Zlovaric) and eight of 13
- Graduated 53.7% of its points, 42.5% of its rebounds, 73.7% of its
assists and 54.5% of its minutes.
- Also gone are 57.3% of the Mocs shot attempts, 78.6% from three-point
range. The departed shot 37.5% (398-1060) from the floor and 33.1% (188-568)
beyond the arc, while the returners made 46.5% (367-789) from the field and
33.5% (52-155) from deep.
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