Memphis Basketball Notes
Jan. 18, 2011
Tigers On TV/Radio/Web
Television: Comcast Sports South (CSS)/Memphis Comcast channel 6 and digital channel 6 (Richard Cross, play-by-play; Brian Oliver, color analyst)
Radio: WREC 600 AM (Dave Woloshin, play-by-play; Matt Dillon, color analyst; Forrest Goodman, studio host)
Web: Fans in certain states can watch the Memphis vs. Southern Miss game live in All-Access. Please note that video is not available for streaming in the CSS broadcast territory states (AR, KY, WV, NC, VA, TN, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA and TX) due to television broadcast restrictions.
MEMPHIS OPENS TWO-GAME C-USA ROAD TRIP AT SOUTHERN MISS WEDNESDAY
Memphis is still ranked in the Also Receiving Votes category of the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll (#44). The Golden Eagles are in the Also Receiving Votes category of both national polls (#41 AP; #41 coaches).
Memphis started C-USA play with a 2-1 record. The Tigers posted home wins over East Carolina 61-58 Jan. 8 and Marshall 77-61 Jan. 15, but dropped a 64-58 decision in their lone road contest at SMU Jan. 12.
After closing a five-game homestand over the holidays, Memphis played its first road game of the season Jan. 5 at Tennessee. The Tigers fell to the Volunteers 104-84. In the five-game homestand, Memphis posted a 4-1 record with wins over Austin Peay Dec. 16, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Dec. 20, Lipscomb Dec. 30 and Tennessee State Jan. 2 and a loss to No. 10/9 Georgetown Dec. 23.
Southern Miss is 14-3 overall and 3-1 in the league. The Golden Eagles enter Wednesday's C-USA showdown having won five of their last six with wins over Mississippi Valley State, Savannah State, Houston, Rice and UCF.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
The senior duo of Gary Flowers and R.L. Horton paces the Golden Eagle offense. Flowers leads Southern Miss and Conference USA with a 21.1 scoring average, while Horton is second on the squad in scoring at 12.4 ppg. Flowers also leads the Golden Eagles on the glass with a 7.8 rebounding average (seventh in C-USA). Freshman D.J. Newbill is second on the team at 6.3 rpg.
Redshirt junior Angelo Johnson tops the team with 74 assists (4.4 apg) and has only 21 turnovers. He leads C-USA with a 3.5 assist-to-turnover ratio. Flowers is Southern Miss' top threat from the arc at 44.1 percent (sixth in C-USA).
The Golden Eagles are shooting 45.8 percent from the floor, 35.9 percent from the three-point line and 73.9 percent from the charity stripe. Southern Miss out-rebounds its foes by a C-USA-leading margin of +8.1 boards per game (40.5-32.4). The Golden Eagles also take care of the ball, as they average a Conference USA-low 12.6 turnovers per game.
DID YOU KNOW?
TIGERS DON'T LIKE THE GREEN
To take it further, Southern Miss is tied for the site of the most Tiger Conference USA road losses since 2000-01. Memphis has lost three times at Reed Green Coliseum since 2000-01, and is tied with UAB's Bartow Arena, where Memphis has also dropped three games in that same time period.
FIRST TIME SINCE...
The past eight years (2002-03 through 2009-10), Memphis played at Southern Miss on a Saturday, and the Tigers were 6-2 in those games (.750 winning percentage). In fact, Memphis won the last six meetings in Hattiesburg and all six were Saturday contests.
The last time Memphis played in Hattiesburg, and it wasn't a Saturday was in 2001-02. The Tigers posted a narrow 73-64 win over the Golden Eagles on Jan. 18, 2002, which was a Friday night.
The last time the two longtime rivals played on a non-weekend day was in the 2000-01 campaign. That year, the encounter was on Feb. 28 -- a Wednesday -- and Southern Miss dominated Memphis 74-55.
GOLDEN EAGLES CLOSING IN
The longest series in Memphis history is the one versus Louisville. That series is 85 games.
The Tigers-Golden Eagles match-up in Memphis on Feb. 12 will tie the longest series in school history. A possible 2011 C-USA Tournament meeting between the two programs would make it the longest series in Memphis history.
CHANGING IT UP
Team No. of Different Lineups
TIGERS SEVENTH YOUNGEST IN NCAA
Memphis is one of only four teams to be ranked in the top-25 national polls at some time this season with a top-50 youngest team. Connecticut (12th), Kentucky (36th) and North Carolina (40th) are the other three schools with a top-50 young team that was also ranked in the top-25 of the national polls at some point during 2010-11.
The next youngest team in Conference USA is UCF at 102. The Tigers' foe on Wednesday, Southern Miss, is the country's 289th youngest team (or the 57th-most experienced team). The following lists the top-10 youngest teams and where the C-USA schools fall on the kenpom.com list:
Top-10 Youngest C-USA on Youngest List
DID YOU KNOW?
That 1972-73 Memphis squad advanced to the NCAA national title game.
GET YOUR TRACK SHOES ON
TIGERS, BEWARE THE LEADING SCORER
Last year, Memphis didn't fare so well in its three meetings against C-USA's leading scorer, Houston's Aubrey Coleman. The Tigers dropped two of the three games to the Cougars, and Coleman averaged 29.0 points in the three contests.
BOARD BATTLE AWAITS WEDNESDAY
Memphis is seventh in C-USA and ranks 117th in rebound margin at +2.1. However, the Tigers are out-rebounding their opponents by a margin of +6.5 in their last eight games.
TO TURN OVER OR NOT TO TURN OVER?
However, Southern Miss is C-USA's best squad at taking care of the ball. The Golden Eagles average only 12.6 turnovers per contest. In eight home games at Reed Green Coliseum, Southern Miss is averaging only 11 turnovers per game.
WITHERSPOON SUSPENDED; WON'T PLAY WEDNESDAY
Pastner gave an update on his Jan. 17 radio show that he expects to reinstate Witherspoon on Jan. 20, but the suspension was still "day-to-day." The 6-foot-9 forward is Memphis' second-leading scorer (11.5 ppg) and leading rebounder (4.9 rpg).
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
TIGER SUCCESS IN JANUARY
Games Total Rebounds Avg.
SHARING THE WEALTH
The Tigers have had five games with 20 or more assists and won all five (Centenary, Tennessee Martin, Lipscomb, Tennessee State, Marshall). This season, Memphis leads C-USA and ranked 26th in the country in assists per game (16.2).
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