Memphis Basketball Notes
Jan. 4, 2008
TIGERS TO HOST PEPPERDINE SATURDAY IN FOURTH CONTEST OF FIVE-GAME HOMESTAND
The Tigers are playing the fourth of five-straight home games when they meet the Waves Saturday. Memphis opened this current five-game homestand with an 85-71 victory over No. 5/4 Georgetown Dec. 22 and followed with a 76-63 win over No. 17/18 Arizona Dec. 29. In their last outing Jan. 3, the Tigers posted a 102-58 win over Siena. Prior to the Dec. 22 home game, Memphis had played away from FedExForum for 24 days. During its time on the road, Memphis defeated Southern Cal in New York City Dec. 4, Middle Tennessee at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 15 and the Bearcats in Cincinnati Dec. 19.
The Waves are playing their first game since Dec. 21, and Saturday's game at Memphis will end a 10-game road trip. The last time Pepperdine played a home game was on Nov. 21 (a 92-81 overtime win over Long Beach State). The Waves are on a three-game skid entering Saturday's contest, dropping decisions to BYU, Arkansas-Little Rock and Manhattan. Pepperdine's last victory was an 83-65 win over Pacific on Dec. 8.
SCOUTING THE WAVES
The tandem of Tyrone Shelley (15.6 ppg) and Malcolm Thomas (15.0 ppg) leads the Pepperdine offense. Thomas also leads the Waves on the glass with a 9.2 rebounding average. Rico Tucker is tops on the team with 38 assists and 31 steals. Mychel Thompson is Pepperdine's top three-point threat at 40.9 percent from the arc.
The Waves are shooting 42.1 percent from the field, 28.8 percent from the arc and 71.3 percent from the charity stripe. Pepperdine is averaging 22.9 three-point attempts per game (320 total). Opponents are out-rebounding the Waves by an average margin of +1.5 boards per game (37.6-39.1). Pepperdine is averaging 19.1 turnovers per game, but is also forcing its foes to turn the ball over 20.4 times per contest.
WE'RE NO. 1!
Memphis opponents ranked in the top 100 in the current RPI are Arizona (No. 3), Tennessee (No. 6), Gonzaga (No. 28), Oklahoma (No. 32), Connecticut (No. 41), Georgetown (No. 45), Siena (No. 57), Tulane (No. 67), Southern Cal (No. 70) and Austin Peay (No. 89).
The RPI is one of the major factors in determining the NCAA Tournament teams and seeding the field each year.
PUPIL VS. TEACHER
Five years ago, Calipari struck up a friendship with then-Fresno City College head coach Vance Walberg, and Walberg introduced his AASAA system (Attack-Attack-Skip-Attack-Attack) to the Tiger mentor. Calipari implemented some of the system in 2003-04 and 2004-05, but added more of the AASAA in 2005-06, and the rest is history.
Since 2005-06, the AASAA -- or Dribble-Drive Motion as Calipari calls it -- has helped the Tigers to 78 wins and two NCAA Elite Eight appearances.
COACH CAL COACHING RETREAT WEEKEND REUNION
This past fall, Pepperdine head coach Vance Walberg was a featured speaker as he explained his AASAA (Attack-Attack-Skip-Attack-Attack) system. Over 300 coaches attended the retreat.
MEMPHIS VS. THE WCC
The last time Memphis played a West Coast Conference school was Gonzaga last year. The Tigers posted a thrilling 78-77 overtime victory over the Bulldogs in Spokane.
CALIPARI VS. THE WCC
Calipari is 3-0 versus WCC foes during his time at Memphis. The last time Calipari coached against a WCC opponent was last year when the Tigers won a thrilling 78-77 overtime game over Gonzaga in Spokane.
GET YOUR TRACK SHOES ON SATURDAY
IF THERE IS AN ADVANTAGE...
In the area of field goal percentage, Memphis is shooting 47.7 percent, and Pepperdine's foes have shot the ball well against the Waves, hitting 48.4 percent. Pepperdine is also allowing opponents to shoot 42.4 percent from the arc.
PROTECT THE BALL!
TIGERS STREAKING AT HOME
39-0 TIES THE RECORD
The previous long home win streak in the John Calipari era was 24 straight that stretched from the middle of the 2002-03 season through the start of the 2004-05 year.
CALIPARI'S TEAMS TOUGH AT THE TOP
But, while some top-ranked teams fall easily, Calipari squads have done quite well, and in turn, have had staying power near the top of the polls. Calipari's UMass and Memphis teams have an impressive combined record of 77-7 when ranked in the top four of the national polls (.917 winning percentage).
At Memphis, Calipari's teams are 32-3 (.914 winning percentage) when ranked in the top four. During his time at UMass, the Minutemen went 45-4 (.918 winning percentage) when ranked in the top four.
FIRST TIME SINCE, PART I...
The Tigers also held the No. 2 ranking in the 1982-83 season for two weeks, before claiming the school's first and only No. 1 national ranking in mid-January 1983. Memphis held that No. 1 spot for one week.
FIRST TIME SINCE, PART II...
HE'S IN THE CLUB!
He now has 1,031 career points and is the 43rd player in Tiger history to accomplish the feat. The Detroit, Mich., is in the No. 38 spot on the Tiger career scoring chart.
DOZIER ON ROLL SINCE INJURY
In the six games back, Dozier is averaging 13.7 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the foul line. The Lithonia, Ga., native is also averaging 31 minutes in those six games.
For more notes on Saturday's game, click the pdf link at top of the page.