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2012-13 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Chattanooga (7-9/2-1) at College of Charleston (10-5/2-1)
Game 17 | Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 | 4 p.m. | TD Arena | Charleston, S.C.

LINKS
Media Guide | Schedule | Roster | Tickets (Home) | Coll. of Charleston

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 (pay) & audio (free) are available online at GoMocs.com via MocsVision. Links for video, audio and live stats are available on the men's basketball schedule page.
PROMOTIONS: N/A

NEXT UP
UTC returns home next weekend for SoCon North Division visitors Appalachian State and Western Carolina. The Mocs host App State on Thursday, Jan. 17, and the Catamounts on Saturday, Jan. 19. Both games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

OPENING TIPS
- This weekend marks the final games of four straight on the road. The squad played just three road games to date (Kansas, Kennesaw State & LSU) prior to this road swing. Currently 2-1 during this stretch.

- Head Coach John Shulman is tied with Ron Shumate (1973-79) for No. 2 in UTC coaching history with 139 career wins. Mack McCarthy (1986-97) is first with 243.

- UTC has won five of its last six. Last time that happened was six of seven from Dec. 21-Jan. 12 last year.

- Last time the Mocs won back-to-back conference road games was January 8 (UNCG) and 13 (The Citadel) in 2011. Three straight? February 7 (Western Carolina), 14 (UNCG) and 21 (App State) in 2004.

- Chattanooga is 5-6 all-time in the Low Country swing.

- UTC's 28th meeting with College of Charleston trailing 11-16 (7-15 regular season, 3-1 tournament). The Mocs are 3-7 over the last 10 games. Check out page 3 for more series notes.

- The Mocs lead the SoCon in rebound margin (+5.6), rebounds per game (38.4) and offensive rebound percentage (.375) while ranking third in defensive rebound percentage (.717).

- Chattanooga has out-boarded opponents by 10 or more seven times thus far with a high of 30 against Reinhardt. The plus-21 at Kennesaw State is the top margin against a DI opponent. The squad was +13 on the boards (30-17) at Samford last Saturday. The last time the Mocs had eight or more +10 nights on the glass was 11 in 2008-09. The season record is 17 set by Shulman's first team in 2004-05.

- UTC's shooting numbers are on the rise. Breakdown between first 10 games and last six:

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

5-1

161-346

.465

34-111

.306

98-138

.710

75.7

15.3

- Chattanooga is ninth in the league in FT percentage (65.8%). In the first 36 minutes, it struggles at 60.2 percent (174-289). In the final four minutes of the game is where the squad excels shooting 84.1 percent (74-88). Z. Mason leads the way at 91.7 percent (22-24) followed by Ronrico White at 89.3 percent (25-28).

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

 

Team

Ind.

Points:

69.2/+1.4

 Z. Mason, 17.4

Rebounds:

34.0/+0.2

Z. Mason, 7.0

Assists:

14.0

Ronrico White, 3.8

Blocks:

2.4

Z. Mason, 1.0

Steals:

6.0

Z. Mason, 1.6

FG%:

43.8

Drazen Zlovaric, 58.1

3pt%:

31.6

Ronrico White, 30.8

FT%:

71.3

Z. Mason, 80.0

- Dontay Hampton made his season debut at The Citadel. Hampton scored 11 points with five rebounds, four assists and three steals. He hit his first shot attempt, a three-pointer in the first half.

- Freshman Gee McGhee has played 23 or more minutes in every game with a high of 33 (at Georgia Tech). He is the only student-athlete on the squad to do so averaging a team-best 28.7 minutes per contest. White is second at 26.1 minutes per game. McGhee is averaging 9.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and a team-high 1.3 steals per contest.

- White is the younger brother of former CofC star Tony White, Jr. (2007-10).  He felt right at home in last year's matchup in TD Arena with 11 points in 18 minutes off the bench. He was 3-4 from the floor including 2-2 from three-point range, and 3-3 from the free throw line. He also grabbed two rebounds and made two steals.

- McGhee and White are tied for third in the SoCon in FT attempts with 74, tops among guards. Mason is ninth with 68.

- The Mocs have taken more FTs (377) than any other team in the league ranking tied for 20th nationally.

SOCON HISTORY
- UTC is 354-204 in SoCon regular season games - 216-62 at home, 138-142 on the road.

- Chattanooga has been the dominant program since joining the SoCon in 1977-78 after winning the 1977 NCAA Division II title.

- UTC has won 28 championships in 35 seasons in the league including 10 regular-season (prior to division play starting in 1994-95), eight division and 10 tournament. Davidson is second during that span with 19, 11 of which are of the division variety. 

- The Mocs 20 regular-season/tourney titles are far and away the most through those 35 campaigns followed  by East Tennessee State (now in Atlantic Sun) with nine (3 reg season/6 tourney) and Davidson (1 reg season/7 tourney) with eight.

- Chattanooga has won a title of some kind in 19 of its 35 years in the SoCon.

SCOUTING THE COUGARS
- College of Charleston is 10-5 overall, 2-1 in the SoCon South.
- Doug Wojcik is 10-5 in his first season at CofC, 150-94 in his eighth year as a head coach. First meeting with UTC.
- Guards Andrew Lawrence and Anthony Stitt lead the Cougars averaging 13.9 and 11.2 points per game, respectively. Adjehi Baru adds 9.8 points and a team-best 9.0 rebounds per contest.
- CofC owns wins over Boston College (71-67) and Baylor (63-59).
- Like the Mocs, the Cougars have won five of last six.
- CofC is 5-5 at home, 5-0 on the road.

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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