Memphis Basketball Notes Vs. LeMoyne-Owen College
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Jan. 17, 2014

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  #17/17 Memphis (12-4) vs LeMoyne-Owen (4-9)
  Saturday, January 18 - 1 p.m. CT | FedExForum
     
 #17/17 Memphis Tigers (12-4, 3-2 The American)
 
 LeMoyne-Owen Magicians (4-9, 2-4 SIAC)
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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
Pittsburgh 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:

Player/Opponent	Dbl-Dbl
Goodwin/Temple 23^-11
Johnson/Louisville 13-11#
Goodwin/Siena 17-10
Johnson/Austin Peay* 11-10
*first career double-double
#career-high rebounds
^career-high points

HAPPY 1,500!!!
• 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).

"CLOSE-CALL" PASTNER
• 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

 

 

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