Memphis Basketball Notes Vs. UCF
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Jan. 28, 2014

  #22/22 Memphis (15-4, 5-2) at UCF (9-8, 1-5)
  Wednesday, January 29 - 6 p.m. CT | CFE Arena/Orlando, Fla.
 #22/22 Memphis Tigers (15-4, 5-2 The American)
 UCF Knights (9-8, 1-5 The American)
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The Last Meeting
March 2, 2013
Orlando, Fla.
Memphis Remains Undefeated in C-USA Play with 76-67 Win over UCF
The University of Memphis men's basketball team (25-4, 14-0 C-USA) overcame a 10-point first-half deficit to remain undefeated in Conference USA play and get head coach Josh Pastner his 100th career win with a 76-67 victory over UCF (19-10, 8-6 C-USA).

• After a four-game homestand the past two weeks, Memphis takes to the road for two league contests this week. The Tigers (15-4, 5-2 The American) start their American Athletic Conference road trip at UCF (9-8, 1-5 The American) Jan. 29.
• ESPNU is televising Wednesday's 6 p.m. (CT) contest from CFE Arena in Orlando, Fla. The Memphis-UCF game also can be viewed via the web at
• The last two weeks, Memphis had a four-game homestand in which it posted a 3-1 record. The Tigers defeated LeMoyne-Owen College 101-78 Jan. 18, Houston 82-59 Jan. 23 and USF 80-58 Jan. 26, but lost to Connecticut 83-73 Jan. 16.
• The Tigers remained in both national polls released Jan. 27. Memphis has appeared in all 13 polls in the 2013-14 season. Memphis is No. 22 in both the Associated Press (AP) and USA Today coaches polls. UCF is not ranked.
• Memphis enters Wednesday's encounter having won eight of its last 10 games. The Tigers' two setbacks in the last 10 games were to Cincinnati 69-53 and Connecticut 83-73.
• The Tigers are 3-1 on the road this season and 6-2 away from FedExForum (road/neutral games).
• Memphis returns three starters, but only five letterwinners from last year's squad.
• The Knights are 8-3 at CFE Arena in 2013-14, but only 1-2 in American Athletic Conference contests at home.
• UCF returns four starters and eight letterwinners from last season's squad.

• UCF posted a 20-11 overall record and a 9-7 Conference USA mark in 2012-13.
• The Knights finished seventh in the Conference USA regular-season standings.
• UCF was banned from 2012-13 postseason play due to NCAA sanctions.

• UCF enters Wednesday's American Athletic Conference contest with a 9-8 overall record and a 1-5 league mark.
• The Knights have lost four straight and five of their last six contests coming into Wednesday's game.
• UCF is 8-3 overall at home, but only 1-2 in league play at CFE Arena.
• The Knights were picked to finish ninth in the 2013-14 American Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll.
• Isaiah Sykes was named to the 2013-14 preseason American Athletic Conference second team.
• Sykes leads four Knights in double figures with a 15.1 scoring average (ninth in The American).
• Calvin Newell (12.3 ppg), Tristan Spurlock (11.1 ppg) and Kasey Wilson (10.2 ppg) also average double digits scoring for UCF.
• Sykes (6.4 rpg) and Spurlock (6.1 rpg) both average over six rebounds.
• Sykes leads the Knights with 60 assists (3.5 apg; 11th in The American), while Newell is tops on the team with 33 steals (2.1 spg; first in The American).
• Four Knights -- Wilson (43.4 percent), Sykes (38.5), Matt Williams (35.8) and Spurlock (35.1) -- all shoot over 35 percent from the three-point arc.
• The Knights are shooting 44.1 percent from the field, 34.6 percent from the arc and 59.5 percent from the free throw line.
• UCF is out-rebounding its opponents by a margin of +4.8 boards per game (39.9-35.1; second in The American).
• Donnie Jones is in his fourth season at UCF. He has a 75-53 record at the school.

• Not that the Tigers don't enjoy meeting new league opponents and getting reacquainted with former conference foes from years back, but it's always good to see a familiar face.
• And, Memphis will see another familiar opponent Wednesday when it meets UCF in Orlando.
• The Tigers and Knights played every season from 2005-06 through 2012-13 as members of Conference USA.
• Memphis and UCF made the conference shift in the summer of 2013, with both schools becoming charter members of the American Athletic Conference.
• Wednesday's match-up is the first between the Tigers and Knights as American Athletic Conference foes.
• UCF is the Tigers' second familiar league foe this season, as they played Houston Jan. 23.

• If fans are coming to Wednesday's game to see good free throw shooting, they may go away disappointed.
• Wednesday's game features the two worst free throw shooting teams in the American Athletic Conference.
• Memphis is ninth in The American in free throw percentage (64.6) and UCF is 10th (59.5).

• Memphis enters this week's play facing the American Athletic Conference's top-two teams in rebound margin in UCF and SMU.
• The Knights are second in the league with a +4.8 rebound margin, while SMU is first at a whopping +8.2 rebound margin.
• But, the Tigers have held their own on the boards in league games only.
• In league games only (seven games), Memphis is second in rebound margin at +4.4 (SMU is first at +4.9).
• The Tigers have won the battle on the glass in six of their seven conference games.

• In the 21st century, Memphis has been rather successful playing NCAA Division I schools from the state of Florida.
• The Tigers have a 25-4 record (.862 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 11-1 versus USF.
• All four losses were single-digit setbacks, with three by two or fewer points.
• Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis is 12-2 (.857 winning percentage) against NCAA Division I schools from the state of Florida since 2000-01.

• In the 21st century, Memphis has been rather successful playing inside the Sunshine state lines.
• The Tigers have a 13-2 record (.867 winning percentage) when playing NCAA Division I programs inside the Florida state lines since 2000-01.
• Memphis is 5-0 versus USF, 4-1 versus UCF and 1-1 vs. Miami, Fla., and both losses were single-digit setbacks.
• The Tigers' most-recent success in the state of Florida came two months ago at the 2013 Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.
• Memphis defeated Siena, LSU and No. 5/8 Oklahoma State to claim the Old Spice Classic crown (3-0 record). The tournament was played Nov. 28-Dec. 1.

• Disney's Magic Kingdom is located in Orlando, and it's rubbed off on the Tigers recently.
• The first recent instance of Memphis magic in Orlando came near the end of the 2012-13 regular season.
• Last March, Memphis played UCF at CFE Arena in Orlando (Mar. 2, 2013).
• The Tigers posted a 76-67 win over the Knights.
• The win was Josh Pastner's 100th victory as the Memphis head coach.
• The Memphis win over UCF also gave the Tigers their sixth outright Conference USA regular-season championship. The six outright regular-season titles are a C-USA record.

• The Tigers had more magic memories in Orlando in November of 2013.
• Memphis played in the 2013 Old Spice Classic held at the HP Field House on the Magic Kingdom's property.
• The Tigers had an incredible three-game run, claiming the Old Spice Classic title with wins over Siena, LSU and No. 5/8 Oklahoma State.
Shaq Goodwin was named the Old Spice Classic's MVP, and Austin Nichols joined Goodwin on the Old Spice Classic All-Tournament Team.
• The in-season tournament title (bracketed tournament) was the first for Memphis under head coach Josh Pastner and the program's first since the 2007 2k Sports College Hoops Classic.

• Both head coaches in Wednesday's Memphis-UCF match-up have NCAA title rings.
• Memphis head coach Josh Pastner won his NCAA title as a player on the 1996-97 Arizona squad. Arizona defeated Kentucky for the championship.
• UCF head coach Donnie Jones was a member of two NCAA championship teams at Florida. Jones was an assistant on Billy Donovan's staff when the Gators won back-to-back crowns in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

• While their overall conference win streak is over, the Tigers still have their conference road win streak alive after wins at Louisville 73-67 Jan. 9 and Temple 79-69 Jan. 11.
• Memphis brings a 15-game conference road win streak into Wednesday's game at UCF.
• The last time the Tigers dropped a league road game was in the 2011-12 season.
• Memphis lost at Southern Miss 75-72 Feb. 1, 2012.
• The two road victories at Louisville and Temple also kept another win streak alive for Memphis.
• Memphis now has won 18 straight conference games (regular season and tournament) away from FedExForum.
• In addition to the streak of 15-straight conference true road wins, the Tigers also won three games at the 2013 Conference USA Tournament in Tulsa, Okla. (BOK Center).

• Head coach Josh Pastner and Chris Crawford may dismiss the notion that the 6-foot-4 guard plays better away from FedExForum than on his own homecourt.
• However, the statistics prove that "Clutch" loves the road a little better than FedExForum.
• For his career, Crawford is averaging 7.8 points and shooting 37.5 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from the arc at FedExForum.
• In games played away from FedExForum (road/neutral), Crawford is averaging 9.2 points and shooting 42.9 percent from the floor and 39.8 percent from the three-point arc.
• Also, Crawford has set eight of his 12 career highs in games played away from FedExForum.

• Single-digit outcome games have been the norm of late in the Memphis-UCF contests played in Orlando.
• The Tigers and Knights have played single-digit outcome games in their last four meetings played in Orlando.
• Memphis won three of those four meetings, including last season's 76-67 victory Mar. 2, 2013.
• The average margin of victory in the last four games played at CFE Arena between Memphis and UCF was 4.5 points.



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