Jan. 17, 2014
|| #17/17 Memphis (12-4) vs LeMoyne-Owen (4-9)
||Saturday, January 18 - 1 p.m. CT | FedExForum
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Tigers On TV/Radio/Web
Television: SportSouth (Pete Pranica, play-by-play; Hank McDowell, analyst)/Memphis Comcast channel 52
Radio: WREC 600 AM (Dave Woloshin, play-by-play; Matt Dillon, color analyst; Forrest Goodman, studio host)
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis (12-4, 3-2 The American) continues its four-game homestand Jan. 18 against non-conference foe LeMoyne-Owen College (4-9, 2-4 SIAC). SportSouth is televising Saturday's 1 p.m. (CT) contest from FedExForum.
The Memphis-LeMoyne-Owen College game also can be viewed via the web at ESPN3.com/WatchESPN.
Following Saturday's contest, the Tigers' homestand continues with Houston Jan. 23 and USF Jan. 26. Memphis opened the homestand with an 83-73 setback to Connecticut Jan. 16.
The Tigers remained in both national polls released Jan. 13. Memphis moved up to the No. 17 spot in the Associated Press (AP) and USA Today coaches polls.
Memphis enters Saturday's non-conference encounter having won 11 of its last 14 games. The 11 victories came over Nicholls, Siena, LSU, No. 5/8 Oklahoma State, Northwestern State, UALR, Southeast Missouri, Jackson State, USF, No. 8/12 Louisville and Temple. The Tigers' three setbacks were to No. 16/17 Florida 77-75 in the 2013 Jimmy V Classic, Cincinnati 69-53 and Connecticut 83-73.
The Tigers are 6-2 at FedExForum this season, with the league losses to Cincinnati and Connecticut.
Memphis returns three starters, but only five letterwinners from last year's squad.
The Magicians are 2-5 on the road this season.
LeMoyne-Owen has lost four of its last five contests.
WHAT THE MAGICIANS DID A YEAR AGO
LeMoyne-Owen College posted a 6-21 overall record and a 4-12 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) mark in 2012-13.
The Magicians tied for fifth place in the SIAC West Division regular-season standings.
SCOUTING THE MAGICIANS
LeMoyne-Owen College brings a 4-9 overall record into Saturday's non-conference match-up.
The Magicians are 2-4 in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) play.
The Magicians have lost four of their last five, including two straight.
LeMoyne-Owen was picked to finish fourth in the SIAC West Division in the league's preseason coaches poll.
Junior guard Daequan Mitchell-Fields leads three Magicians averaging double figures at 12.9 ppg.
Jerry Hampton (11.7 ppg) and Marcel Hawkins (10.1 ppg) also average double digits.
Demba Konate (6.8 ppg) and Hampton (6.4 rpg) both average over six boards per game to lead the Magicians on the glass.
Nick McHenry and Daquavion McCants-Wilson are LeMoyne-Owen's top playmakers with 18 assists apiece.
McCants-Wilson leads the squad with eight steals.
Timothy Ware (44.4 percent) and Hawkins (40 percent) are the Magicians top three-point shooting threats.
LeMoyne-Owen is shooting 47.6 percent from the field, 33.7 percent from the arc and 61.8 percent from the free throw line.
The Magicians are out-rebounding their opponents by a narrow margin of +0.1 boards per game (34.1-34.0).
THE BLUFF IN BRUCE HALL (GYM)
While Saturday's regular-season game is taking place at FedExForum (along with the six previous exhibitions), several Tigers have played in LeMoyne-Owen College's Bruce Hall Gymnasium.
During the summer of 2012, the annual Bluff City Classic was played at Bruce Hall.
Several Tigers played on the hardwood at Bruce Hall in that summer's Bluff City Classic.
NON-CONFERENCE IN JAN./FEB.
When calendar turns to January each year, all NCAA Division I programs' focus is on conference play.
But, since 2003-04, the Tigers have managed to squeeze in a non-conference opponent or two in their opens dates in league play.
And 2013-14 is no different for Memphis.
The Tigers are stepping out of conference twice during league play in 2013-14 to play LeMoyne-Owen College Saturday and Gonzaga Feb. 8.
The previous 10 seasons (2003-04 to 2012-13), Memphis has an impressive 19-7 record (.731 winning percentage) when playing non-conference foes in January and February.
NOT THE FIRST TIME
Yes, seeing LeMoyne-Owen, an NCAA Division II program, on the Tigers' schedule in the regular season may seem a little odd.
However, it's not the first time Memphis has played an NCAA Division II program in the regular season.
Memphis recently played Christian Brothers, another NCAA Division II program, in the 2000-01 and 2001-02 regular seasons.
The Tigers won both match-ups with Christian Brothers, posting a 98-54 victory in 2000-01 (Dec. 18, 2000) and an 86-54 win in 2001-02 (Nov. 28, 2001).
TIGERS NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS
Since 1999-2000, the Tigers have a non-conference record (including postseason) of 198-68 for a 74.4 winning percentage.
In 2012-13, Memphis was 15-5 against non-conference opponents (including postseason).
TIGERS SUCCESS AT FEDEXFORUM
The Tigers have a 168-20 overall record (.894 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 172 home games (.919 winning percentage).
MEMPHIS' 10TH SEASON AT FEDEXFORUM
The 2013-14 season is the 10th for the Tigers at FedExForum.
Memphis is playing on a redesigned floor in its 10th season at FedExForum. The floor has a larger leaping Tiger M logo along with the city of Memphis skyline and bridge.
Memphis opened play at its current homecourt in the 2004-05 campaign.
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. 16, 2014)
1. Memphis 168
2. Ohio State 164
3. Syracuse 160
4. Louisville 157
5. Kansas 156
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
Sophomore Shaq Goodwin recorded the Tigers' latest double-double with his 23-point, 11-rebound performance in the 79-69 win over Temple Jan. 11.
Goodwin's 23 points were a career high, and his 11 boards were a season best.
The following tracks Memphis' double-doubles this season:
Johnson/Austin Peay* 11-10
*first career double-double
With its Jan. 9 victory at Louisville, Memphis basketball hit a milestone with the program's 1,500th win.
The Tigers' all-time record now stands at 1,501-847-1 after their Jan. 11 win at Temple.
Memphis is the fifth American Athletic Conference school to reach the 1,500-win plateau (Temple, Louisville, Cincinnati, Connecticut).
Memphis enters Saturday's non-conference match-up against LeMoyne-Owen College with a 3-1 record in single-digit outcome games in 2013-14.
On the other side, the Magicians have a 4-4 record in single-digit outcome games.
Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis has been rather successful in single-digit outcome games.
Overall, Pastner's teams have a 42-21 record (.667 winning percentage) in games decided by single digits. His squads are 27-13 (.675 winning percentage) in games decided by five or fewer points.
CALLING ALL RESEARCHERS!
For the second time this season, Memphis basketball researchers had to dig back into the record books.
And again, the research reveals the sustained success of Tigers basketball.
With the setback to Connecticut Jan. 16, the Tigers dropped their second-straight league game and second-consecutive game overall at home.
The last time Memphis lost back-to-back games at home came at the end of the 2004-05 regular season.
That season, the Tigers lost to Louisville 53-44 Feb. 26, 2005, and Cincinnati 62-60 Mar. 5, 2005, in their final two regular-season home contests.
The 83-73 loss to Connecticut also was the second-straight home loss by double-digits. Memphis lost 69-53 to Cincinnati Jan. 4.
The last time the Tigers lost consecutive home games by double digits was in 1979-80.
That season, Memphis lost to Oklahoma Christian 90-76 Dec. 3, 1979, and Vanderbilt 87-72 Dec. 8, 1979.
FOLLOWING A LOSS UNDER PASTNER
The Tigers dropped an 83-73 decision to Connecticut Jan. 16.
However, Memphis has proven to be quite resilient after a loss in the Josh Pastner era, and the Tigers proved that Jan. 9 at Louisville.
Memphis bounced back with a 73-67 win over the No. 12/8 Cardinals in Louisville Jan. 9.
The Tigers now have a 33-4 record (.892 winning percentage) after a loss under Pastner.
The last time Memphis suffered back-to-back losses under Pastner was in 2011-12.
The Tigers dropped single-digit outcome decisions to Murray State 76-72 at FedExForum Dec. 11, 2011, and Louisville 95-87 at the KFC Yum! Center Dec. 17, 2011.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
This double is not about double-doubles, but is referring to consecutive double-figure scoring games.
Senior Joe Jackson enters Saturday's game versus LeMoyne-Owen College with a string of 14-straight double-figure scoring games. The following shows the longest streaks of consecutive double-figure scoring games since 2003-04 (streak is within same year and does not go from one year to the next):
Consecutive Double-Figure Scoring Games (Since 2003-04)
Player/Year Dbl-Figure Streak
Antonio Burks/2003-04 23
Rodney Carney/2005-06 20
Chris Douglas-Roberts/2006-07 18
Darius Washington Jr./2004-05 18
Joe Jackson/2012-13 16
Elliot Williams/2009-10 15
Joe Jackson/2013-14 14
Will Barton/2011-12 14
Elliot Williams/2009-10 11
Sean Banks/2003-04 11
Two players tied 10