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2012-13 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Chattanooga (8-11/3-3) at Elon (11-7/4-2)
Game 20 | Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 | 7 p.m. | Alumni Gym | Elon, N.C.

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

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: 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
The Mocs remain on the road facing UNCG on Sunday the 27th and are at Georgia Southern on Saturday, February 2.

LEGENDS WEEKEND
Legends Weekend is Feb. 8-9 as former Mocs and Lady Mocs return to the Roundhouse to be honored and to fellowship. There is a private reception on Friday the 8th with a public celebration slated for Saturday afternoon. The former Chattanooga stars will be honored during the doubleheader with the women facing Elon (5 p.m.) and the men taking on College of Charleston (7:30 p.m.).

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
- The Southern Conference North Division has quite a cluster. All six schools are within three games of first place through six games. Samford leads at 5-1 with it lone loss coming at home to Chattanooga. Western Carolina is second at 5-2 followed by Elon at 4-2. The Mocs and App State are 3-3 with UNCG another game back at 2-4.

- UTC has won six of its last nine games. Elon has won three straight and five of last seven.

- The Mocs are 11-9 all-time against Elon, 4-5 on the road. The squad last won in Alumni Gym on December 17, 2010 (71-65). The teams are 5-5 splitting the last 10 meetings. Check out page 3 for more series notes.

- Chattanooga is 3-3 in its last six games at Elon. The three losses are by a total of five points (1, 3 & 1), while the three wins are by 17 (10, 1 & 6).

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

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

6-3

238-541

.440

54-177

.305

155-220

.705

 76.1

14.7

- The Mocs lead the SoCon in rebound margin (+4.6), rebounds per game (38.5) and offensive rebound percentage (.363) while ranking second in steals (7.8) and third in defensive rebound percentage (.719).

- 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.

- Chattanooga is 10th in the league in FT percentage (66.4%). In the first 36 minutes, it shoots just 61.2 percent (213-348). In the final four minutes of the game is when the squad excels shooting 82.9 percent (92-111). Ronrico White leads the way at 92.3 percent (36-39) followed by Z. Mason at 89.7 percent (26-29).

- Since the Mercer game, Mason has made 38 of 47 free throws (80.9%). He is third on the team in FT% (73.8).

- White has been among the league leaders in FT% and attempts all year. Over his last 11, he's made 85.7 percent (42-49).

- During the 11-game span, Mason is averaging 16.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game shooting 50.8 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from three-point range and 78.2 percent from the free throw line.

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

 

Team

Ind.

Points:

75.0/-4.8

 Z. Mason, 16.4

Rebounds:

36.4/2.8

Z. Mason, 7.0

Assists:

14.2

Gee McGhee, 3.4

Blocks:

1.2

Z. Mason, 0.6

Steals:

7.8

Gee McGhee, 2.0

FG%:

42.5

Drazen Zlovaric, 47.1

3pt%:

36.9

Dontay Hampton, 50.0

FT%:

72.8

Ronrico White, 88.0

- Freshman Gee 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 29.2 minutes per contest. Mason is second at 26.8. McGhee averages 10.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and a team-high 1.4 steals per contest. He's posted 11.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists in SoCon contests.

SOCON HISTORY
- UTC is 355-206 in SoCon regular season games - 217-63 at home, 138-143 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 PHOENIX
- Elon is 11-7 overall, 4-2 in the SoCon North. It is 7-2 at home, 2-1 vs. SoCon competition.

- Matt Matheny is 49-63 in his 4th year at Elon. He is 3-3 vs UTC, 2-1 at home.

- Lucas Troutman leads a trio of double figure scorers with 15.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest. Jack Isenbarger chips in 14.0 points per game, while Ryley Beaumont adds 10.4 points and a team-high 6.6 boards.

- Elon leads the SoCon in FG% Defense (40.5), TO Margin (+3.6), Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.2) and is tied for first in 3pt Made per Game (7.7).

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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