Memphis Basketball Notes
Jan. 28, 2011
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MEMPHIS TO TRAVEL TO HUNTINGTON ON SATURDAY FOR C-USA GAME WITH MARSHALL
Memphis is still ranked in the Also Receiving Votes category of both national polls -- No. 33 in Associated Press and No. 38 in ESPN/USA Today coaches.
Memphis started C-USA play with a 5-1 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 league road opener at SMU Jan. 12. Last week, Memphis won back-to-back road games with thrilling victories over rivals Southern Miss 76-75 in Hattiesburg, Miss., and UAB 76-73 in overtime in Birmingham, Ala. In their last outing Jan. 26, Memphis defeated UCF 77-61 at FedExForum.
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.
Marshall enters Saturday's contest having dropped three of its last four. All three setbacks were to Conference USA foes Memphis, East Carolina and UAB. The Thundering Herd's lone victory in that stretch was a thrilling 75-71 win over in-state rival West Virginia Jan. 19.
SCOUTING THE THUNDERING HERD
The tandem of DeAndre Kane and Damier Pitts paces the Marshall offense, as both players average a team-leading 15.1 points. Tirrell Baines is the squad's only other double-figure scorer at 12.6 ppg. Baines leads the Thundering Herd on the glass with a 7.4 rebounding average (eighth in C-USA), followed by Nigel Spikes at 5.6 rpg.
Kane is tops on the team with 71 assists, while Shaquille Johnson has a team-high 19 steals. The Thundering Herd have three players that shoot 35 percent or better from the arc in Dago Pena (45.2 percent), Pitts (35.8 percent) and Kane (35.4 percent).
Marshall is shooting 45.5 percent from the floor, 34.8 percent from the three-point line and 66.3 percent from the charity stripe. The Thundering Herd are out-rebounding their opponents by an average margin of +4.1 boards per game (38.7-34.6).
PASTNER IN SECOND YEAR AT HELM OF TIGER PROGRAM
With the Tigers' 16 wins in 2010-11, Pastner now has an overall record of 40-14 (.741 winning percentage).
In his first season in 2009-10, Pastner guided the Tigers to a 24-10 overall record and a 13-3 Conference USA mark. Memphis earned a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) berth and advanced to the postseason classic's second round.
Prior to joining the Memphis basketball family for the 2008-09 season, Pastner spent the previous 12 years of his college basketball life at Arizona as a player, staff member and assistant coach. While in Tucson, Pastner was a member of Wildcat squads that made 12-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and posted a 290-103 record (1997-2008). Pastner was a player on the 1996-97 Arizona team that won the NCAA title.
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SIX TIGERS NAMED TO 3.0 CLUB FOR 2010 FALL SEMESTER
TIGERS TO PARTICIPATE IN COACHES VS. CANCER WEEKEND
The wearing of sneakers is for the Coaches vs. Cancer® Sneakers awareness weekend Jan. 28-30 in demonstrating support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Basketball fans are encouraged to also wear sneakers to games that weekend to show their support. This is the seventh-annual Coaches vs. Cancer® Sneakers awareness weekend.
Coaches vs. Cancer is a collaborative initiative of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers coaches, their teams and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
Thanks to the dedicated efforts of college and high school coaches and fans throughout the nation, Coaches vs. Cancer participants have raised more than $60 million since 1993 to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, provide up-to-date cancer information and education, advocate for public health policies that benefit communities, and deliver services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Additional information is available at coachesvscancer.org.
IT'S THE SECOND TIME AROUND THE FIRST TIME
The Memphis-Marshall twice-a-season meetings are new to the league in 2010-11 as Conference USA went to a different scheduling format.
However, 2010-11 is not the first time the Tigers and Thundering Herd played twice in a season. In the 2006-07 campaign, the teams played a regular season game in Memphis (78-59 Tigers win) and then met in the Conference USA Tournament at FedExForum (92-71 Memphis win).
COULD IT BE DEJA VU?
We're talking about the Memphis-Marshall clash in 2005-06. But, a couple of weeks before that meeting, the Thundering Herd pulled an upset, defeating in-state rival and No. 9 nationally-ranked West Virginia 58-52 in Charleston, W.Va., on Jan. 25, 2006. Then, 16 days later on Feb. 11, 2006, Memphis played before a sellout crowd in Huntington and fell behind to Marshall by 11 points in the first half. The home team held a lead until the 16-minute mark of the second half, before a 15-0 run gave the Tigers the lead for good en route to a hard-fought 91-81 win.
Now, fast-forward to this season. On Jan. 19, 2011, Marshall met its in-state rival West Virginia in Charleston, and the Thundering Herd defeated the No. 21 Mountaineers 75-71 for the upset win. This Saturday, the Tigers travel to Huntington just 10 days after that huge Marshall win.
BEST 20-GAME STARTS LAST 20 YEARS
The best 20-game start was the perfect 20-0 record in the 2007-08 season, which ended in a trip to the NCAA championship game. The other three better 20-game starts were 2005-06 (18-2 record), 2006-07 (17-3) and 2008-09 (17-3). The following shows the 20-game starts for each season since 1991-92:
20-Game Starts/Last 20 Years
GET YOUR TRACK SHOES ON
HIDE YOUR EYES
Marshall also leads the league in three-point field goal percentage defense at 28.9 percent.
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IF THERE IS AN ADVANTAGE...
On the Marshall side, the advantage it will attempt to exploit is on the glass. The Thundering Herd are fourth in C-USA in rebounding margin at +4.1 (38.7-34.6). The Tigers are eight at +1.2 (36.7-35.5).
CHANGING IT UP
Team No. of Different Lineups
CLOSE CALLS UNDER PASTNER
In games decided by four or fewer points, Memphis is 8-2, winning the last eight. This season, the Tigers have a 9-1 record in single-digit outcome games.
WITHERSPOON REINSTATED; WON'T PLAY THIS WEEK DUE TO KNEE INJURY
On Jan. 13, Pastner announced that Witherspoon had been suspended indefinitely for an internal matter. He did not play in the Jan. 15 Marshall and Jan. 19 Southern Miss contests.
The 6-foot-9 forward is Memphis' second-leading scorer (11.5 ppg) and leading rebounder (4.9 rpg). On Dec. 10, Witherspoon underwent surgery for a right knee meniscal tear and was expected to miss up to five weeks of action. He, however, returned 13 days later and played in the Tigers' Dec. 23 game versus Georgetown.
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