Memphis Basketball Notes Vs. Cincinnati
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Jan. 3, 2014

D. Pellom

  #18/18 Memphis (10-2, 1-0) vs Cincinnati (12-2, 1-0)
  Saturday, January 4 - 11 a.m. CT | FedExForum
     
 #18/18 Memphis Tigers (10-2, 1-0 The American)
 
 Cincinnati Bearcats (12-2, 1-0 The American)
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The Last Meeting
Cincinnati45
Memphis60
December 29, 2008
FedExForum
Memphis Defeats Cincinnati, 60-45
Antonio Anderson scored 18 points while Tyreke Evans added a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Memphis to a 60-45 victory over Cincinnati on Monday night.


SETTING THE SCENE
• Memphis (10-2, 1-0 The American) has another historic moment Saturday, Jan. 4 when it hosts its first American Athletic Conference home opener against Cincinnati (12-2, 1-0 The American). ESPN2 is televising Saturday's 11 a.m. (CT) contest from FedExForum.
• The Memphis-Cincinnati game also can be viewed via the web at ESPN3.com/WatchESPN.
• The Tigers remained in both national polls released Dec. 30. Memphis is in the No. 18 spot in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls. Cincinnati is not ranked.
• Memphis enters Saturday's American Athletic Conference home opener having won nine of its last 10 games. The nine victories came over Nicholls, Siena, LSU, No. 5/8 Oklahoma State, Northwestern State, UALR, Southeast Missouri, Jackson State and USF. The Tigers' lone loss was a narrow 77-75 setback to No. 16/17 Florida in the 2013 Jimmy V Classic.
• The Tigers are 5-0 at FedExForum this season. Memphis won all five home games by double digits (avg. win margin of 25.0 ppg).
• Cincinnati is 0-1 in true road games this season, and is 1-2 away from Fifth Third Arena.
• The Bearcats lost at New Mexico Dec. 7 and went 1-1 in neutral-site games versus Xavier and Pittsburgh.

WHAT THE BEARCATS DID A YEAR AGO
• Cincinnati posted a 22-12 overall record and a 9-9 BIG EAST Conference mark in 2012-13.
• The Bearcats finished the BIG EAST Conference regular season tied for ninth place.
• Cincinnati won its BIG EAST Conference Tournament opening-round game over Providence, before falling to Georgetown in the second round.
• The Bearcats earned an NCAA Tournament at-large bid and fell to Creighton 67-63 in the second round.

SCOUTING THE BEARCATS
• Cincinnati brings a 12-2 overall record into Saturday's American Athletic Conference match-up.
• The Bearcats are on a five-game win streak, including a 65-57 victory over SMU in their American Athletic Conference opener Jan. 1.
• In its five-game win streak, Cincinnati is holding its opponents to 53.8 points per game.
• The Bearcats were picked to finish fourth in the 2013-14 American Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll.
• Sean Kilpatrick was named to the 2013-14 preseason All-American Athletic Conference first team.
• Kilpatrick is the Bearcats' leading scorer with an 18.6 average. Justin Jackson is the squad's only other double-figure scorer at 11.8 ppg.
• Jackson is Cincinnati's top rebounder at 7.7 rpg (third in The American). Titus Rubles is the team's second-leading rebounder at 5.5 rpg.
• Kilpatrick is the squad's top playmaker with 38 total assists (2.7 apg), while Jackson is the team leader in blocks (45 total/3.2 bpg/second in The American) and steals (25 total).
• Three Bearcats shoot over 35 percent from the arc in Troy Caupain (43.5 percent), Jermaine Sanders (42.1 percent) and Kilpatrick (36.5 percent).
• Cincinnati is shooting 42.6 percent from the field, 33.8 percent from the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line.
• The Bearcats are out-rebounding their opponents by an impressive margin of +7.2 boards per game (38.1-30.9).
• Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati. He has a 145-102 record at the school.

CHARTING NEW WATERS


• For the fourth time in school history, Memphis is a charter member of a new conference. The Memphis athletics program joined the American Athletic Conference July 1, 2013.
• The American Athletic Conference is the fourth-consecutive league in which Memphis has been a charter member.
• Memphis was a charter member of the Metro Conference in 1975, Great Midwest Conference in 1991 and Conference USA in 1995.

MAKE IT SIX FOR THE TIGERS
• While The American is the fourth for Memphis as a charter member, the new league is the sixth overall for the Tigers.
• The following shows the conferences Memphis was a member of and the years in each league:

	Conference	Years
American Athletic 2013-pres.
Conference USA 1995-2013
Great Midwest 1991-95
Metro 1975-91
Missouri Valley 1967-74
Mississippi Valley 1928-33

THERE'S A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
• Memphis plays its first American Athletic Conference home opener Saturday when the Tigers host Cincinnati at FedExForum.
• In its previous five league "first-ever" home openers, Memphis has a 2-3 record.
• The following shows the results of Memphis' "first-ever" home conference openers in each league:

"First-Ever" League Home Opener Results
Opponent/Conference Result
Cincinnati/The American ------
Charlotte/C-USA 57-55, W
DePaul/Great Midwest (ot) 89-92, L
Louisville/Metro 74-79, L
Tulsa/Missouri Valley 47-64, L
Bethel/Mississippi Valley 50-19, W

TIGERS IN OVERALL LEAGUE OPENERS
• Memphis is playing its 51st conference home opener Saturday against Cincinnati.
• Memphis' record in its previous 50 league home openers is 35-15 (.700 winning percentage).
• The Tigers have won their last 12 league home openers (all in Conference USA).
• Memphis is 9-0 in conference home openers at FedExForum.
• Memphis last lost a conference home opener in the 2000-01 season, a 75-67 setback to Southern Miss (C-USA) Dec. 27, 2000 at The Pyramid.
• The following breaks down the Tigers' record in league openers by conference:

	Conference	Home Opener Rec./Pct.
The American ------
Conference USA* 15-3*/.833
Great Midwest 1-3/.250
Metro# 11-5#/.688
Missouri Valley 3-3/.500
Mississippi Valley 5-1/.833
Total 35-15/.700
*won last 12 league home openers
#won last 10 league home openers

MEMPHIS IN RECENT CONFERENCE HOME OPENERS
• Memphis has a 16-4 record (.800 winning pct.) in its previous 20 league home openers.
• The Tigers have won their last 12 league home openers (all in Conference USA).
• Memphis is 9-0 in conference home openers at FedExForum.
• Memphis last lost a conference home opener in the 2000-01 season, a 75-67 setback to Southern Miss (C-USA) Dec. 27, 2000 at The Pyramid.

PASTNER IN CONFERENCE HOME OPENERS
• Memphis head coach Josh Pastner has a 4-0 record in league home openers.
• Two of Pastner's conference home openers were close calls.
• In the Tigers' 2012 conference home opener, Chris Crawford hit two free throws with :31 left and then had a Southern Miss three-point attempt bounce off the rim at the buzzer for the 60-58 win.
• In the 2011 league home opener, Memphis hit clutch free throws in the final three minutes, and Crawford stole an in-bounds pass with :02.5 left in a 61-58 win over the Pirates.

STREAKING TIGERS
• Memphis entered American Athletic Conference play on a 26-game conference win streak (including postseason conference tournaments).
• On Dec. 31, 2013, the Tigers extended that league win streak to 27 straight with their American Athletic Conference opening 88-73 win over USF.
• The last time Memphis dropped a conference game was Feb. 18, 2012, when it fell to UTEP 60-58 at FedExForum.
• The 27-game conference win streak is short of the longest in school history.
• The Tigers won 64 straight league games (regular season and tournament) from 2006-10, tying Kentucky for the NCAA record.
• In that streak, Memphis won 52-consecutive, regular-season games, which is an NCAA record.

HIDE YOUR EYES!
• If fans are coming to Saturday's game to see three-pointers made, they may go away disappointed.
• Saturday's game features the two of the worst three-point shooting teams in the American Athletic Conference.
• Memphis is ninth in The American in three-point field goal percentage (30.6) and Cincinnati is eighth (33.8).

BATTLE OF (SCORING) WILLS
• Saturday's contest features a battle of scoring wills between Memphis and Cincinnati.
• The Tigers enter their American Athletic Conference home opener with the league's second-best scoring offense at 82.8 ppg.
• On the other side, the Bearcats have the conference's best scoring defense at 56.5 ppg.

MORE ON THE SCORING WILLS BATTLE
• Cincinnati has really put the clamps on its opponents in the last five games (all Bearcats wins), holding its foes to 53.8 ppg.
• On the other side, Memphis averaged 77.6 points in its last five outings.
• The Tigers already faced one stiff league defense Dec. 31, 2013, when they met USF.
• In the eight games prior to playing Memphis Dec. 31, the Bulls had limited opponents to 65.6 ppg.
• The Tigers scored 88 points in their American Athletic Conference opening victory over USF (88-73 victory).

BACK TO NORMAL
• After playing the previous four times as non-conference opponents, Memphis and Cincinnati return to action as familiar foes in conference action.
• Memphis and Cincinnati became charter members of the American Athletic Conference July 1, 2013.
• Prior to the four non-league encounters from 2006-09, the Tigers and Bearcats had met 63 times as conference rivals.
• The series began in the 1967-68 season and every contest up to the 2005-06 campaign was a league game.
• The two schools were members of the Missouri Valley Conference (1968-70), Metro Conference (1976-91), Great Midwest Conference (1992-95) and Conference USA (1996-2005).

CLOSING IN ON 1,500 WINS
• With its 11th victory in 2013-14, the Memphis program will record its 1,500th all-time win.
• The Tigers entered 2013-14 with an all-time record of 1,489-844-1.
• With its 10 wins so far this season, Memphis now has 1,499 all-time victories.
• When the 1,500-win milestone is reached, Memphis will become the fifth American Athletic Conference school to do so (Temple, Louisville, Cincinnati, Connecticut).

"FROSH" SUCCESS VERSUS CINCINNATI
• For Memphis head coach Josh Pastner, he'd like for all of his players to have great games against the Bearcats.
• But, in the last four meetings with Cincinnati, it's been a Tigers freshman that has done most of the damage.
• The following lists the last four games and the Memphis freshmen that stepped up big:

Season/Result	Freshman/Stats
2008-09/UM 60-45 Tyreke Evans/14 pts-10 reb-
8 ast (career-high rebs)
2007-08/UM 79-69 Derrick Rose/26 pts
(career high until NCAA
Regional semifinal)
2006-07/UM 88-55 Willie Kemp/21 pts, 6 treys
(season-high pts, career-
high treys)
2005-06/UM 91-81 Antonio Anderson/32 pts,
7 treys (both career highs)

SCORIN' AND DIMIN'
• With his four assists in the Tigers' Dec. 31 win over USF, Chris Crawford went over the 400-assists mark for his career.
• Crawford -- along with teammate Joe Jackson -- also became a part of Tigers history.
• Crawford and Jackson are the first teammates to have 1,000 points and 400 assists for a career.
• Jackson has 1,391 points and 457 assists, while Crawford has 1,035 points and 401 assists.

TIGERS SUCCESS AT FEDEXFORUM
• The Tigers have a 168-18 overall record (.903 winning percentage) at FedExForum since moving to the arena for the 2004-05 campaign.
• Since the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, Memphis has won 158 of its last 170 home games (.929 winning percentage).

BEST HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE
• Since 2004-05, Memphis has won 168 games at FedExForum, the most home wins in the country over that span of time.
• The following are the top-five programs with the most home wins since 2004-05 (credit to former Athletics Communications Assistant Bryan McEldowney for compiling this list):

Most Home Wins Since 2004-05
(as of Jan. 3, 2014)
1. Memphis 168
2. Ohio State 163
3. Syracuse 158
4. Louisville 155
Kansas 155

COUNTDOWN TO 4 MILLION IS ON
• On Saturday, the Tigers will reach the 4-million mark for home attendance in the 21st century.
• From 2000-01 through 2012-13, Memphis had 3,903,309 fans (15,600 per game average) witness the Tigers play in person at The Pyramid (2000-04) and FedExForum (2004-13).
• Memphis has ranked among the top-20 in NCAA Division I attendance 12 of the past 13 seasons, including finishing 11th in 2012-13.
• The following shows the countdown to the 4-million mark for Tigers basketball attendance in the 21st century:

	Goal	4,000,000
Total attendance 3,903,309
entering 2013-14
Remaining to reach 96,691
4 million entering 2013-14
Nov. 14 vs. Austin Peay 15,785
Nov. 23 vs. Nicholls 15,528
Dec. 7 vs. Northwestern State 15,605
Dec. 13 vs. UALR 15,821
Dec. 21 vs. Southeast Missouri 15,021
Dec. 28 vs. Jackson State 15,797
Left to reach 4 million 3,140

TIGERS JOINING ELITE ATTENDANCE GROUP SOON
• When it reaches the 4-million mark for attendance in the 21st century, Memphis will be only the fifth NCAA Division I school to do so.
• The other four NCAA Division I schools that have already reached the 4-million mark in attendance in the 21st century are Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina and Syracuse.

SHOOTING 50 OR ABOVE
David Pellom doesn't shoot the ball much. But, when he does, it usually goes in.
• And his numbers prove it.
• The Tigers' 6-foot-7 graduate student is shooting a team-high 71.4 percent from the field.
• In his last five games, Pellom's been even better from the field, hitting 78.6 percent of his attempts (22-of-28).
• Pellom, who missed the first three games of the season due to knee surgery, has had five contests in which he shot 50 percent or better from the field (minimum 4 FGA).
• So, in just over half of his nine appearances, the Wilmington, N.C., native has shot 50 percent or better from the floor.
• In his latest performance at USF Dec. 31, he was 5-of-7 from the field for 10 points and added eight rebounds and one block.
• Pellom's field goal shooting performance versus USF was the 48th time in his career that he shot 50 percent or better in a game (minimum 4 FGA).
• Against Jackson State Dec. 28, Pellom was a perfect one in which he was 5-of-5 from the field and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe (12 points) in Memphis' 75-61 win over Jackson State Dec. 28.


 

 

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