Memphis Basketball Notes Vs. USF
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Jan. 24, 2014

  #23/22 Memphis (14-4, 4-2) vs USF (10-9, 1-5)
  Sunday, January 26 - 1 p.m. CT | FedExForum
     
 #23/22 Memphis Tigers (14-4, 4-2 The American)
 
 USF Bulls (10-9, 1-5 The American)
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The Last Meeting
Memphis88
USF73
December 31, 2013
Tampa, Fla.
No. 18 Memphis Surges to 88-73 Victory Over USF
The No. 18 University of Memphis men's basketball team (10-2, 1-0 American) used a 21-4 run in the first half to surge to an 88-73 victory over USF (9-5, 0-1 American) on Tuesday night.


SETTING THE SCENE
• Memphis (14-4, 4-2 The American) closes its four-game homestand Jan. 26 when it hosts American Athletic Conference foe USF (10-9, 1-5 The American). CBS Sports Network is televising Sunday's 1 p.m. (CT) contest from FedExForum.
• The Memphis-USF game is not available via the web.
• Sunday's contest wraps up a four-game homestand for the Tigers. The Tigers have a 2-1 record in the current homestand with a loss to Connecticut Jan. 16 (83-73) and wins over LeMoyne-Owen College Jan. 18 (101-78) and Houston Jan. 23 (82-59).
• The Tigers remained in both national polls released Jan. 20. Memphis is No. 23 in the Associated Press (AP) poll and No. 22 in the USA Today coaches poll. USF is not ranked.
• Memphis enters Sunday's encounter having won 13 of its last 16 games. The 13 victories came over Nicholls, Siena, LSU, No. 5/8 Oklahoma State, Northwestern State, UALR, Southeast Missouri, Jackson State, USF, No. 8/12 Louisville, Temple, LeMoyne-Owen College and Houston. 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 8-2 at FedExForum this season, with losses to Cincinnati and Connecticut.
• Memphis returns three starters, but only five letterwinners from last year's squad.
• The Bulls are 4-1 on the road this season. Overall, USF has a 4-3 record away from the USF Sun Dome (road and neutral).
• USF returns three starters and five letterwinners from last season's squad.

WHAT THE BULLS DID A YEAR AGO
• USF posted a 12-19 overall record and a 3-15 BIG EAST Conference mark.
• The Bulls finished 14th in the BIG EAST Conference regular-season standings.
• USF dropped a 46-42 overtime decision to Seton Hall in the BIG EAST Conference Tournament opening round.

SCOUTING THE BULLS
• USF brings a 10-9 overall record and a 1-5 American Athletic Conference mark into Sunday's league encounter.
• The Bulls have lost three straight and five of their last six contests coming into Sunday's game.
• USF has a 7-5 record in single-digit outcome games this season (1-2 in league play).
• The Bulls were picked to finish eighth in the 2013-14 American Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll.
• Anthony Collins and Victor Rudd both were named to the 2013-14 preseason American Athletic Conference second team. USF joined Louisville as the only two programs to have two players named to the league's preseason squads.
• Collins has missed the last month of action due to swelling in his left knee from off-season surgery. He last played Dec. 19.
• Rudd (14.8 ppg) and Corey Allen Jr. (10.7 ppg) are the Bulls' only two double-figure scorers.
• John Egbunu (7.1 rpg) and Rudd (7.0 rpg) lead USF on the glass.
• Allen Jr. leads the team with 62 assists (3.3 apg) and 28 steals (1.5 spg).
• Allen Jr. is USF's top three-point threat, hitting 30.2 percent from the arc.
• The Bulls are shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 25.9 percent from the arc and 66 percent from the free throw line.
• USF is out-rebounding its opponents by a narrow margin of +0.6 boards per game (36.5-35.9).
• Stan Heath is in his seventh season at USF. The former Arkansas Razorbacks coach has a 98-118 record in Tampa.

HIDE YOUR EYES!
• If fans are coming to Sunday's game to see three-pointers made, they may go away disappointed.
• Sunday's game features the two worst three-point shooting teams in the American Athletic Conference.
• Memphis is ninth in The American in three-point field goal percentage (30.4) and USF is 10th (25.9).
• The Tigers and Bulls also are two of the worst teams in The American in three-pointers made per game. Memphis is eighth (4.8) and USF is 10th (3.4).

BATTLE OF (SCORING) WILLS
• Sunday's contest features a battle of scoring wills between Memphis and USF.
• The Tigers enter Sunday's American Athletic Conference contest with the league's second-best scoring offense at 80.8 ppg.
• On the other side, the Bulls have the conference's sixth-best scoring defense at 69.3 ppg.

MEMPHIS REPRESENTIN'
• The city of Memphis and its surrounding communities will be well represented in Sunday's contest between the Tigers and Bulls.
• The squads combine to have nine players from Memphis area on the two rosters.
• USF has one player -- Martino Brock (Ridgeway HS) -- that calls the Bluff City home.
• On the Tigers' side, eight players hail from the Memphis area. Chris Crawford, Markel Crawford, Trey Draper, Joe Jackson, Nick King and Jake McDowell all are from Memphis. Sophomore Anthony Cole is from Arlington and freshman Austin Nichols is from Collierville, both suburbs of Memphis.

HEY, WE KNOW YOU!
• When Tigers fans look at the USF bench during Sunday's game, they will see a familiar face.
• Third-year Bulls assistant coach Steve Roccaforte previously served as an assistant at Memphis from 2000-03.
• During his three seasons in the Bluff City, Roccaforte helped direct the Tigers to three-straight, 20-win seasons and three-consecutive postseason appearances (2001, 2002 NIT; 2003 NCAA).
• Roccaforte was on staff when Memphis won the program's first postseason tournament championship with the 2002 NIT title.

21ST CENTURY SUCCESS VERSUS STATE OF FLORIDA SCHOOLS
• In the 21st century, Memphis has been rather successful playing NCAA Division I schools from the state of Florida.
• The Tigers have a 24-4 record (.857 winning percentage) when playing NCAA Division I programs from the Sunshine State since 2000-01.
• Memphis is 11-1 versus UCF, 0-1 versus Florida, 2-1 versus Miami, Fla., 1-0 versus North Florida and 10-1 versus USF.
• All four losses were single-digit setbacks, with three by two or fewer points.
• Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis is 11-2 (.846 winning percentage) against NCAA Division I schools from the state of Florida since 2000-01.

TIGERS SUCCESS AT FEDEXFORUM
• The Tigers have a 170-20 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 160 of its last 174 home games (.920 winning percentage).

BEST HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE
• Since 2004-05, Memphis has won 169 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. 24, 2014)
1. Memphis 170
2. Ohio State 165
3. Syracuse 161
4. Louisville 158
5. Kansas 157
Pittsburgh 157

DE - FENSE! DE - FENSE!
• In his Jan. 23 postgame press conference, head coach Josh Pastner told of the focus that had been placed on defense in practice this week.
• And, it paid dividends in the Tigers' Jan. 23 win over Houston.
• Memphis held the Cougars to 59 points, which tied for the best defensive performance (in terms of points allowed) in 2013-14. The Tigers also held Nicholls and UALR to 59 points.
• The Tigers held Houston to 14.3 percent from the three-point arc. The Cougars entered the game as the league's fourth-best, three-point field goal percentage squad at 36.2 percent.
• Memphis won the rebound battle 33-28 and forced 18 Cougars turnovers. The 18 miscues were the most by Houston since a Dec. 14, 2013, loss at Louisiana-Lafayette (20 turnovers).

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

STACKING UP SHAQ 2013 VS. 2014
• A lot has been made of Shaq Goodwin's body transformation from last season to this one.
• And with the body transformation has come a noticeable improvement in his game, and the stats below prove it:

	2013 Shaq	Stat	2014 Shaq
(36 games) (18 games)
7.4 Points 13.2
4.4 Rebounds 6.8
46.6 FG Pct. 62.9
13 Dbl-Figure 13
Scoring Games
1 20-Pt Games 4
10 Games With 14
6+ Rebounds

TIGERS SENIORS APPROACHING 100
• The Tigers' four-year seniors Chris Crawford, Trey Draper and Joe Jackson are closing in on a milestone and need four more wins to reach it (Michael Dixon Jr. is a one-year senior and Geron Johnson is a two-year senior).
• When the four-year seniors notch four more wins, they will hit the 100-victory plateau for their careers.
• The Tigers' current four-year senior class has a 96-28 record (.774 winning percentage).
• The following lists the top-five winningest four-year senior classes in school history:

Four-Year Class	Wins
2005-06 to 2008-09 137*
2006-07 to 2009-10 127
2004-05 to 2007-08 126
1983-84 to 1986-87 111
2002-03; 2004-05 to 2006-07 111
.
2010-11 to present 96
*NCAA record

EIGHT IN A ROW
• Winning 100 games in a four-year playing career is becoming common in recent Tigers hoops history.
• When this season's four-year seniors Chris Crawford, Trey Draper and Joe Jackson win their 100th game, it will be the eighth-consecutive, four-year senior class to reach the 100-win milestone. (Note: The 2010-11 team did not have a four-year senior; Will Coleman was a two-year senior after transferring from Miami Dade College)
• The following shows the current senior class' win total and the Tigers' previous seven-straight, four-year senior classes that won 100 games:

2010-11 to 2013-14	96
2009-10 to 2012-13 106
2008-09 to 2011-12 108
2006-07 to 2009-10 127
2005-06 to 2008-09 137*
2004-05 to 2007-08 126
2002-03; 2004-05 to 2006-07 111
2002-03 to 2005-06 100
*NCAA record

 

 

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