Memphis Basketball Notes vs. Harvard

Jan. 18, 2013

Memphis (13-3, 3-0) vs Harvard (9-5, 1-0 Ivy)
FedExForum (Memphis, Tenn.)
Sat., January 19, 2013 - 11:30 am (CT) 

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  • Memphis (13-3, 2-0 C-USA) returns to the friendly confines of FedExForum Saturday, Jan. 19 to host Harvard (9-5, 1-0 Ivy) in a non-conference match-up. The game, to be televised on FOX Sports Net (SportSouth in Memphis and the Mid-South), is scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. (CT) start.
  • The Tigers did not appear in either national poll this week.
  • The Tigers bounced back after their Dec. 15 setback to No. 6/6 Louisville with seven-consecutive wins over Lipscomb 62-56 Dec. 20, Oral Roberts 72-57 Dec. 28, Loyola, Md., 78-64 Dec. 30, Tennessee 85-80 Jan. 4, East Carolina 67-54 Jan. 9, UAB 69-53 Jan. 12 and Rice 77-51 Jan. 16.
  • Prior to the Dec. 15 loss, Memphis had won four straight with victories over Northern Iowa 52-47 Nov. 24, UT Martin 93-65 Nov. 29, Ohio 84-58 Dec. 5 and Austin Peay 83-65 Dec. 8.
  • Harvard has won five of its last six, including road victories at California and Dartmouth.
  • Of the Crimson's four road losses, three have been by single digits, including their Dec. 31 setback at Saint Mary's 70-69.
  • Harvard returns only one starter but 10 total letterwinners from last year's 26-5 squad.


  • The Tigers continue their three-game homestand Tuesday, Jan. 22 when they welcome Conference USA foe Tulane to FedExForum. The game, slated for a SportSouth telecast, is set for a 7 p.m. (CT) start.
  • The Crimson take the midweek off from game action before hosting Dartmouth in their Ivy League home opener Saturday, Jan. 26. Game time is 1 p.m. (CT).


  • Harvard posted a 26-5 overall record and a 12-2 Ivy League mark.
  • The Crimson won the Ivy League title and earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
  • Harvard lost to Vanderbilt 77-70 in the NCAA Tournament second round. The 2012 NCAA Tournament appearance was the Crimson's first since 1946.
  • In the 2011-12 regular season, Harvard defeated UCF for the 2011 Battle 4 Atlantis title.


  • Harvard brings a 9-5 overall record into Saturday's non-conference match-up. The Crimson are 1-0 in the Ivy League.
  • The Crimson have won five of their last six with victories over Boston University, Holy Cross, California, Rice and Dartmouth.
  • Of Harvard's four road losses, three have been by single digits.
  • The trio of Wesley Saunders (16.4 ppg), Siyani Chambers (13.3 ppg) and Laurent Rivard (11.4 ppg) paces the Crimson offense.
  • Jonah Travis leads Harvard on the glass at 4.7 rpg. Saunders and Rivard each average 4.3 rpg.
  • Chambers is the team's top playmaker with 84 total assists (6.0 apg). Saunders is second on the squad with 50 assists (3.6 apg).
  • Chambers (50 percent), Saunders (46.2 percent) and Laurent (45.6 percent) all shoot over 45 percent from the three-point arc.
  • The Crimson are shooting 48.6 percent from the floor, 42.9 percent from the three-point line and 72.8 percent from the charity stripe.
  • Harvard is out-rebounding its opponents by an average margin of +1.9 boards per game (31.0-29.1).
  • The Crimson lead the Ivy League in scoring offense, scoring margin, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage defense and blocks.


  • The Tigers have an all-time 9-1 record (.900 winning percentage) against Ivy League schools.
  • Harvard -- Saturday's opponent -- is the final Ivy League program that Memphis has not yet played.
  • The Tigers have played all seven other Ivy League schools: Brown (3-0), Columbia (1-0), Cornell (1-0), Dartmouth (1-1), Penn (1-0), Princeton (1-0) and Yale (1-0).
  • The last time Memphis played an Ivy League program was in the 1988-89 campaign. The Tigers defeated Dartmouth 79-75 on Dec. 20, 1988, at the Mid-South Coliseum.
  • Memphis is 7-1 versus Ivy League programs when playing in the Bluff City. The lone setback was a 77-74 double-overtime loss to Dartmouth on Dec. 22, 1969 (1969-70 season).
  • The Tigers have won their last six meetings against Ivy League schools.


  • Memphis welcomes Harvard to FedExForum with the Crimson's first visit to the Tigers' homecourt in the first meeting between the two programs.
  • Although the two schools haven't previously met, Memphis has been in Harvard's arena, Lavietes Pavilion.
  • The Crimson allowed the Tigers to practice on their homecourt Dec. 18, 2009, prior to Memphis' Dec. 19 match-up with UMass in Boston at the TD Garden (2009-10 season).


  • Both head coaches in Saturday's Memphis-Harvard match-up have NCAA title rings.
  • Memphis head coach Josh Pastner won his NCAA title as a player on the 1996-97 Arizona squad.
  • Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker won two NCAA crowns in 1991 and 1992 as an assistant coach on Mike Krzyzewski's staff at Duke.


  • Harvard is the final of six teams that will make their first trips to FedExForum this year.
  • The other five FedExForum newbies this season were North Florida Nov. 12, Samford Nov. 17, Ohio Dec. 5, Oral Roberts Dec. 28 and Loyola, Md., Dec. 30.
  • Memphis is a perfect 5-0 against FedExForum newbies in 2012-13.
  • Last year, the Tigers hosted four FedExForum newbies and posted a 3-1 record in those contests. Memphis had wins over Belmont, Robert Morris and Xavier and a loss to Murray State.


  • Harvard is the final of five first-time opponents Memphis faces in the 2012-13 regular season.
  • The Tigers have already played North Florida (81-66 win Nov. 12), Northern Iowa (52-47 win Nov. 24), Ohio (84-58 win Dec. 5) and Loyola, Md. (78-64 win Dec. 30).
  • Memphis has an all-time record of 155-70 (.689 winning percentage) when facing first-time foes.
  • Since 2000-01, the Tigers are 28-2 (.933 winning percentage) against first-time opponents. The only two setbacks against first-time opponents since 2000-01 were to Stanford (2000 Puerto Rico Shootout) and Duke (2005 Preseason NIT).
  • Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis is 7-0 against first-time foes.


  • Since 1999-2000, the Tigers have a non-conference record (including postseason) of 184-64 for a 74.2 winning percentage.
  • Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis is 49-20 versus non-conference foes (.710 winning percentage; includes postseason). In regular-season games only, the Tigers' record is 42-16 versus non-league foes under Pastner (.724 winning percentage).
  • In 2011-12, Memphis was 13-6 against non-conference opponents (includes postseason).


  • The Tigers have a 154-18 overall record (.895 winning percentage) at FedExForum since moving to the arena for the 2004-05 campaign.
  • Since the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, Memphis has won 144 of its last 156 home games (.923 winning percentage).
  • Against non-conference foes (regular-season only) at FedExForum since 2004-05, the Tigers have a 71-11 mark (.866 winning percentage).
  • Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis is 35-5 (.875 winning percentage) against non-league foes at FedExForum (includes 8-1 record so far this year).


  • Since 2004-05, Memphis has won 154 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 Memphis Athletics Communications Assistant Bryan McEldowney for compiling this list; credit to Travis Chell for updates):
Most Home Wins Since 2004-05 (as of Jan. 18)
1. Memphis 154
2. Ohio State 146
3. Kansas 144
Syracuse 144
5. Louisville 140


  • For the third-straight year, the Memphis men's basketball team received an NCAA Public Recognition Award, given to teams with APRs in the top-10 percent of their respective sports.
  • Memphis was one of 13 schools in the nation to receive an NCAA Public Recognition Award and also participate in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
  • Memphis also was the only men's basketball program in Conference USA to earn an NCAA Public Recognition Award.
  • The NCAA Public Recognition Awards are based on the sports' most-recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR). This year, the top performing APR scores ranged from 978 to a perfect 1,000. The most-recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.


  • While Memphis has had success in December since 1999-2000 (68-29 record), January has proven to be a better month for the Tigers.
  • Since 1999-2000, the Tigers have an impressive 89-21 record (.809 winning percentage) in the month of January.
  • Memphis has won 57 of its last 64 January games (.891 winning percentage).


  • Junior Joe Jackson recorded the Tigers' latest double-double with his 13-point, 12-board performance in the 77-51 win over Rice Jan. 16.
  • Jackson's 12 boards were a career best.
  • Jackson's double-double followed Tarik Black's double-double (10 points-13 boards) in the Tigers' 69-53 win over UAB Jan. 12.
  • It is the second time this season Memphis posted double-doubles in consecutive games.
  • Chris Crawford (18-12 versus Northern Iowa) and Shaq Goodwin (17-12 versus UT Martin) recorded double-doubles in back-to-back contests.
  • The following tracks Memphis' double-doubles this season:
Player/Opponent Dbl-Dbl
Jackson*/Rice 13-12
Black/UAB 10-13
Goodwin*/UT Martin 17-12
Crawford*/Northern Iowa 18-12
*first career double-double


  • A lot of talk in head coach Josh Pastner's first three seasons centered about rebounding and the Tigers' frustration in that area.
  • Well, it looks as if that's been corrected for the 2012-13 campaign.
  • Memphis is out-rebounding its opponents by an average margin of +5.7 boards per game (36.8-31.1), which ranks third in Conference USA.
  • The Tigers have won the board battle 11 times this season, including games with Minnesota, Ohio and Louisville.
  • The following shows how the Tigers have done on the glass in Pastner's tenure (first 16 games of each season only):
Rebounding Margin (First 16 Games)
Year Reb. Margin Top Opponents
2012-13 +5.7 Bahamas, UofL, UT
2011-12 +0.1 Maui, UofL, UT
2010-11 +2.1 Miami, LSU, KU
2009-10 -0.3 KU, UMass, UT


  • It took a few games into the season, but the Tigers are getting back to their "blocking" ways.
  • After leading C-USA in blocks a year ago at 5.6 bpg, Memphis began 2012-13 averaging only 3.9 blocks per contest in the first seven games (27 total blocks).
  • Well, the Tigers have picked up their intensity on the defensive end in the last nine games with 64 total blocks (7.1 bpg).
  • In each of the last nine games, Memphis had no fewer than four blocks, including a season-high 11 swats in the Jan. 4 win at Tennessee. The Tigers added 10 swats in their Jan. 12 victory at UAB.


  • Memphis fans, indeed, hope Tarik Black is back.
  • In the three games since his return to the court, Black is averaging 9.3 points and 5.3 boards while shooting 69.2 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from the free throw line.
  • The 6-foot-9 forward netted double figures in his last two games and posted a double-double of 10 points and 13 boards versus UAB Jan. 12.
  • The 13 rebounds tied a career high, and his eight free throws made versus the Blazers were a career best.
  • Prior to his return, Black missed three games (Oral Roberts, Loyola, Md., Tennessee) with a groin injury.



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