Radio: WREC 600 AM (Dave Woloshin, play-by-play; Matt Dillon, color analyst; Forrest Goodman, studio host)
Web:Game to be streamed live on the Memphis Tiger Network on the Memphis athletics web site at gotigersgo.com via All-Access (must register to view game)
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis (16-3, 5-0 C-USA) takes to the road for the first time in two weeks Wednesday, Jan. 30 when they travel to Greenville, N.C., to meet East Carolina (12-7, 3-3 C-USA). The game is not televised, but can be viewed on the Memphis Tiger Network via All-Access on www.gotigersgo.com.
The Tigers appeared in the Also Receiving Votes category of this week's Associated Press poll (tied at No. 36). Memphis did not appear in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.
The Tigers bounced back after their Dec. 15 setback to No. 6/6 Louisville with 10-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, Rice 77-51 Jan. 16, Harvard 60-50 Jan. 19, Tulane 71-60 Jan. 22 and Marshall 73-72 Jan. 26.
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.
East Carolina is 3-2 in its last five outings, including home wins over UCF and Houston.
The Pirates are 10-2 at Williams Arena this season, with both narrow setbacks to Campbell (86-81, ot) and UTEP (68-67; trey at buzzer).
East Carolina returns four starters and nine letterwinners from last year's 15-16 squad.
WHAT'S UP NEXT
The Tigers return home to the friendly confines of FedExForum Saturday, Feb. 2 to host C-USA foe Tulsa. The game, which starts at 1 p.m. (CT), is scheduled for a CBS Sports Network telecast.
The Pirates travel to Houston, Texas, for a 7 p.m. (CT) Conference USA encounter with Rice Saturday, Feb. 2.
WHAT THE PIRATES DID A YEAR AGO
East Carolina posted a 15-16 overall record and a 5-11 Conference USA mark.
The Pirates finished in 10th place in the C-USA regular-season standings.
East Carolina defeated Rice 68-66 in its C-USA Tournament opening-round game, before dropping an 81-78 overtime decision to Southern Miss in the quarterfinal.
SCOUTING THE PIRATES
East Carolina brings a 12-7 overall record and a 3-3 C-USA mark into Wednesday's league encounter.
The Pirates are 3-2 in their last five outings with wins over UCF, Houston and UAB.
East Carolina is 10-2 at Williams Arena with two narrow setbacks to Campbell 86-81 in overtime and UTEP 68-67 on a Miners' three-pointer at the buzzer.
The tandem of Maurice Kemp (17.3 ppg) and Miguel Paul (13.2 ppg) paces the Pirates offense.
Robert Sampson leads East Carolina on the glass with a 9.2 rebounding average (fourth in C-USA), while Kemp is second at 7.8 rpg (ninth in C-USA).
Paul leads the team with 102 total assists (6.0 apg; second in C-USA), while Akeem Richmond is the squad's top three-point threat at 43.5 percent.
The Pirates are shooting 44.6 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from the three-point line and 69.6 percent from the charity stripe.
Opponents are out-rebounding East Carolina by a narrow margin of +0.1 boards per game (37.9-37.8).
The Pirates lead C-USA in assists per game (17.5) and average the third-fewest turnovers per game (12.6) in the league.
The Last Meeting
January 9, 2013
Tigers Sink Pirates 67-54 in C-USA Opener
The University of Memphis men's basketball team (11-3, 1-0 C-USA) fended off a second half run by East Carolina (9-5, 0-1 C-USA) to capture a 67-54 victory and its league-record 200th Conference USA win Wednesday night at FedExForum.