Mocs Continue Road Swing at UNCG Monday Night

GREENSBORO, N.C—The Chattanooga Mocs men’s basketball squad looks for a 2-0 start in Southern Conference play continuing the North Carolina swing in Greensboro Monday night. The 10-3 Mocs meet UNCG (10-5/2-1) in the premier league matchup of the New Year.

 

5 Notes to Know

  • Justin Tuoyo leads the NATION in blocks per game (3.9) after a season-high seven in Saturday’s win at Western Carolina. He’s 5th all-time in SoCon history with 231 in his career.
  • 16-4 (.800) in last 20 SoCon road games.
  • A win gives Matt McCall 40 wins in his first 49 games. Fastest UTC coach to 40 wins is Ron Shumate (1972-79) who started 40-13 (53 games).
  • 10 or more wins in the first 13 contests for the 19th time: 1922-23 (10-3), 1926-27 (11-2), 1928-29 (10-3), 1932-33 (10-3), 1960-61 (10-3), 1968-69 (10-3), 1972-73 (10-3), 1973-74 (12-1), 1974-75 (11-2), 1976-77 (11-2), 1981-82 (11-2), 1982-83 (11-2), 1983-84 (12-1), 1987-88 (10-3), 1993-94 (11-2), 2002-03 (10-3), 2004-05 (10-3) and 2015-16 (11-2).
  • Tuoyo (64.6%) and Casey Jones (60.6%) are 1-2 in the SoCon in FG percentage.

 

Matt McCall on…

Matchup vs. UNCG:

“One of the more talented teams in our league from top to bottom. Just looking at their starting five, Diante Baldwin is one of the best point guards in our league. (Francis) Alonso is one of the best shooting guards in our league. Marvin Smith is one of the best wing players in our league. Two really big frontcourt players that are physical and skilled in R.J. White and Jordy Kuiper. They’ll present challenges for us all over the floor. It’s what conference play is all about; go on the road and find ways to win games against really, really good teams.”

 

Justin Tuoyo leading the nation in blocks:

“Justin has a knack for blocking shots. It’s his timing. That’s not a skill you can teach. It’s just a part of what makes him so good as a player. I was around a lot of really good frontcourt players in my time at Florida and from a shot-blocking standpoint, I’d put him up there with the best of them. It’s been his approach all season…not just shot blocking but his entire game, he’s had such a professional approach. From practice to individual instruction to gamedays, shoot arounds and getting himself ready to play, he continues to play the game. I couldn’t be prouder of him.”

 

The Series

  • 40th meeting…22-17 lead…10-8 in Greensboro.
  • 18-14 in regular season SoCon matchups.
  • Won three of last four meetings and four of six.
  • 4-6 in the last 10 matchups.
  • McCall is 1-1 vs. the Spartans…1-0 in Greensboro.
  • Last year’s games: Home | Away

 

STAT TO FOLLOW: UNCG leads the SoCon in rebound margin (+6.1).

 

WATCH the game online via the WatchESPN App (ESPN3).

 

LISTEN on Real 96.1 FM in Chattanooga or through the iHeart (search Real 96.1) and TuneIn (search Chattanooga Mocs) radio apps.

 

LINKS to tickets, live stats, video (ESPN3) and audio (Mocs Sports Network) are on GoMocs.com’s men’s basketball schedule page.

 

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ABOUT CHATTANOOGA BASKETBALL
– The Mocs are by far the most successful program in the Southern Conference since joining the league in 1977-78. The team has won 30 titles with 11 regular season, 11 tournament and eight division.
– 16 NCAA Tournament Appearances (11 DI): 1961 (DII), 1973 (DII), 1975 (DII), 1976 (DII Runner-up), 1977 (DII National Champs), 1981, 1982, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 (Sweet 16), 2005, 2009, 2016
– 11 SoCon Tournament Crowns: 1981, 1982, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2009, 2016
– 11 SoCon Regular Season Championships: 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2016
– 8 Division Titles: 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011
– The 1997 team went to the NCAA Sweet 16 with wins over Georgia and Illinois.
– 5 SoCon Players of the Year: Willie White (1981-82), Keith Nelson (1991-92), Tim Brooks (1992-93), Chad Copeland (1993-94) and Johnny Taylor (1996-97).
– 3 SoCon Defensive Players of the Year: Z. Mason (2014), Justin Tuoyo (2015, 2016).
– 4 SoCon Coaches of the Year: Murray Arnold (1982, ’83), Mack McCarthy (1986, ’92, ’93), Will Wade (2014) and Matt McCall (2016).
– 9 NBA Draft Picks: Walter “Moose” McGary (1973 & ’74), William Gordon (1977), Wayne Golden (1977), Russ Schoene (1982), Nick Morken (1982), Willie White (1984), Gerald Wilkins (1985, 13 seasons) and Johnny Taylor (1997 1st Round).

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