Memphis Basketball Notes Vs. East Carolina

Jan. 29, 2013

Memphis (16-3, 5-0) at East Carolina (12-7, 3-3)
Williams Arena (Greenville, N.C.)
Wed., January 30, 2013 - 6 pm (CT)

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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
East Carolina54
Memphis67
January 9, 2013
FedExForum
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.


PIRATES, A TIGERS' JANUARY HABIT

  • When the Conference USA schedule comes out every fall, one can almost bet that Memphis and East Carolina will play in the month of January.
  • In seven of the last eight seasons (includes 2012-13), Memphis and East Carolina have met in the month of January.
  • Of the last 11 meetings (since 2005-06), seven have come in the month of January.
  • Memphis is 7-0 in those January encounters with the Pirates, and the Tigers posted double-digit victories in six contests.
  • This is first season in which both meetings have come in the month of January since Memphis and East Carolina began playing twice in the 2010-11 campaign.

DO YOU REMEMBER?

  • The Tigers and Pirates played the first-ever league game in the newly-aligned Conference USA in 2005-06. Memphis posted a 77-67 victory over East Carolina on Jan. 11, 2006, at Williams Arena.
  • All 12 C-USA schools played on Jan. 11, but the Memphis-East Carolina was the first game to tip off that night. The contest was also first C-USA game televised by CSTV (now CBS Sports Network).

HIDE YOUR EYES!

  • Wednesday's contest may not be a pretty sight in terms of shooting from long distance.
  • Memphis and East Carolina both are in the bottom half of Conference USA in three-point shooting percentage.
  • The Tigers are seventh in Conference USA in three-point shooting percentage (33.9), while the Pirates are eighth (33.3).

GET YOUR TRACK SHOES ON

  • Wednesday's hoops contest could turn into a track meet between the Tigers and Pirates.
  • Memphis and East Carolina both rank among the top-four scoring offenses and top-five field goal shooting percentage teams in Conference USA.
  • In the C-USA statistical leaders, the Tigers are fourth in scoring offense (73.2) and third in field goal percentage (47.9).
  • The Pirates have C-USA's top scoring offense (77.6) and fifth-best field goal percentage squad (44.6).

DISHIN', BLOCKIN' AND THIEVIN'

  • Memphis and East Carolina are ranked among the top-four in assists, blocked shots and steals in Conference USA and the following shows that:
UofM/Rank Stat ECU/Rank
15.3/4th Assists 17.5/1st
6.1/1st Blocks 4.6/2nd
9.8/2nd Steals 8.3/4th

IF THERE IS AN ADVANTAGE...

  • For the Tigers, their advantage will be on the glass. Memphis enters Wednesday's game as C-USA's third-best rebound margin squad at +5.0. East Carolina is 10th in rebound margin at -0.1.
  • For the Pirates, their advantage is at the three-point arc. East Carolina is second in C-USA in three-pointers made per game (7.5). The Tigers are 10th in the league at 4.8 treys made per game.

TOP 20-GAME STARTS SINCE 1970-71

  • The Tigers play their 20th game of 2012-13 Wednesday at East Carolina, and with a win, they would tie for the sixth-best, 20-game start in school history.
  • The following lists the top six 20-game starts since 1970-71:
1. 2007-08* 20-0
1985-86 20-0
3. 2005-06 18-2
1984-85* 18-2
1982-83 18-2
6. 2008-09 17-3
2006-07 17-3
1983-84 17-3
1981-82 17-3
1976-77 17-3
11. 2012-13 16-3
* Team advanced to NCAA Final Four
 Bold indicates Pastner was an asst. with that squad

TIGERS ON THE ROAD IN C-USA SINCE 2005-06

  • Everyone knows how tough the Tigers are at home in Conference USA play since the league realigned in 2005-06.
  • Memphis is 70-3 (.959 winning percentage) in C-USA games at FedExForum since 2005-06, and the record includes both regular season and tournament games.
  • Well, the Tigers aren't too bad in their C-USA road games over that same period of time.
  • Memphis has a 51-11 C-USA road record (.823 winning percentage; includes regular season and tournament games) since 2005-06.
  • Of the 11 league road losses since 2005-06, four were single-digit setbacks.

NO SCHEDULING LOVE FROM C-USA;
TIGERS PLAY THREE OF NEXT FOUR ON THE ROAD

  • The talk every year is that league offices feed the teams into a computer, and it spits out the schedules.
  • Well, that Conference USA scheduling computer has no love for the Tigers over the next two weeks (four games).
  • Memphis is the only team in C-USA to play three of its next four league contests on the road. The Tigers play at East Carolina Jan. 30, SMU Feb. 6 and Southern Miss Feb. 9.
  • Memphis' lone home contest in the four-game stretch is Feb. 2 versus Tulsa.

JANUARY GOOD FOR TIGERS

  • 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 92-21 record (.814 winning percentage) in the month of January.
  • Memphis has won 60 of its last 67 January games (.896 winning percentage).

MEMPHIS IN CONFERENCE USA

  • The Tigers have an all-time record of 204-65 (.758 winning percentage) in C-USA play.
  • Memphis posted double-digit league wins in 14 of its previous 17 seasons in Conference USA, including a school-record and league-record tying 16 games in 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09.
  • Last season, the Tigers won the Conference USA regular-season title with a 13-3 league mark.
  • Memphis won its first outright C-USA regular season title in 2005-06, and followed that with outright regular season crowns in 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2011-12.
  • Memphis also tied for the C-USA regular season crown in 2003-04 (12-4 record) and 1995-96 (11-3).
  • Memphis also won three National Division titles in 1997-98, 2001-02 and 2002-03, and captured two league White Division championships in 1995-96 and 1996-97.

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE

  • This double is not about double-doubles, but is referring to consecutive double-figure scoring games.
  • Junior Joe Jackson enters Wednesday's game versus East Carolina with a string of 15-straight double-figure scoring games.
  • The following shows the longest streaks of consecutive double-figure scoring games the past 10 years (2003-04 through 2012-13; streak is within same year and does not go from one year to the next):
Consecutive Double-Figure
Scoring Games (Last 10 Years)
Player/Year Dbl-Figure Streak
Antonio Burks/2003-04 23
Rodney Carney/2005-06 20
Chris Douglas-Roberts/2006-07 18
Darius Washington Jr./2004-05 18
Joe Jackson/2012-13 15
Elliot Williams/2009-10 15
Will Barton/2011-12 14
Elliot Williams/2009-10 11
Sean Banks/2003-04 11
Two players tied 10

CLOSING IN ON THE (1,000-PT) CLUB

  • With each of his recent double-figure performances, junior Joe Jackson is closing on the 1,000-point milestone for his career.
  • The 6-foot-1 guard enters Wednesday's contest with 984 points, needing only 16 to become the 48th member of the Tigers 1,000-point club.

 

 

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