With tonight’s American Athletic Conference Championship quarterfinal victory, Connecticut now leads the all-time series 3-1.
Tonight’s American Athletic Conference Championship game between Memphis and Connecticut was the first postseason match-up for the two programs.
The Huskies won all three meetings this season.
Connecticut is the first opponent to defeat Memphis three times in a season since Cincinnati did so in 1991-92. The Bearcats defeated the Tigers four times that season.
Memphis vs. Connecticut - Team Notes
Tonight’s game vs. No. 21/21 Connecticut was the fourth-straight ranked opponent the Tigers faced in the last two weeks. The last time Memphis played four-straight ranked foes was the 2008 NCAA Tournament (vs. Michigan State, Texas, UCLA, Kansas). The last time the Tigers played four-consecutive ranked opponents before the NCAA Tournament was the 1977-78 season (Arkansas, Louisville, Cincinnati twice).
Tonight’s 19-point loss to Connecticut (72-53) was the Tigers’ worst loss since the 1998 Conference USA Tournament in 1998. In that 1998 C-USA Tournament, Memphis lost 85-57 (28 points) to Southern Miss (Mar. 5, 1998).
The Tigers scored only 53 points tonight vs. Connecticut in the American Athletic Conference Championship quarterfinal. The 53 points were Memphis’ lowest offensive output in a conference postseason contest since it netted 51 points in a 51-41 win over Tulane in the 2009 Conference USA Tournament (Mar. 12, 2009).
The Tigers now have a 7-5 record in inaugural conference postseason tournaments. Memphis has never won an inaugural postseason conference tournament title, but did advance to three title games in its first postseason tournament appearances in the Mississippi Valley Conference (1928), Metro Conference (1976) and Great Midwest Conference (1992).
Memphis’ overall conference postseason tournament record now stands at 68-33.
Since 2004-05, the Tigers’ record in conference postseason tournaments now is 24-3. Tonight’s loss broke a string of nine-straight conference postseason tournament victories (all nine in C-USA; three-straight C-USA tournament titles).
Memphis now has a 31-9 all-time record in conference postseason tournaments played in the city of Memphis. Prior to tonight’s loss, the Tigers had won 15-consecutive conference postseason tournament games played inside the Memphis city limits.
With the loss, the Tigers now are 177-21 in games at FedExForum. The 177 wins at FedExForum are the most homecourt victories since 2004-05.
Memphis vs. Connecticut - Player Notes
Joe Jackson moved up the Memphis career scoring chart with his 10 points vs. Connecticut Thursday. He remained in the No. 8 spot and now has 1,665 points. Up next for Jackson is Dexter Reed, who is No. 7 with 1,678 career points from 1973-77.
Chris Crawford also moved up the Tigers career scoring list with his 10 points vs. Connecticut Thursday. He moved up to the No. 25 spot with his 1,211 career points. Up next for Crawford is William Bedford, who scored 1,224 career points (1983-86).
Up Next for Memphis
Memphis awaits an NCAA Tournament bid. The NCAA Tournament Selection Show is Sunday, Mar. 16 at 5 p.m. (CT) on CBS Sports.