Jan. 31, 2014
|| #22/22 Memphis (16-4, 6-2) at #RV/RV SMU (16-5, 5-3)
||Saturday, February 1 - 1 p.m. CT | Moody Coliseum/Dallas, Texas
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The Last Meeting
February 6, 2013
Johnson Leads Memphis Past SMU, 60-52
Despite their worst offensive output of the season, the University of Memphis men's basketball team (19-3, 8-0 C-USA) used clutch free throw shooting and a strong defensive presence to propel them to a 60-52 win over SMU (12-12, 2-7 C-USA) on Wednesday night.
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis (16-4, 6-2 The American) closes out its short two-game road swing Feb. 1 when it travels to Dallas, Texas, to face SMU (16-5, 5-3 The American).
CBS Sports Network is televising Saturday's 1 p.m. (CT) contest from Moody Coliseum. The Memphis-SMU game is not available via the web.
The Tigers opened their two game road trip with a 69-59 win at UCF Jan. 29.
Prior to the Jan. 29 UCF game in Orlando, 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. SMU is not ranked.
Memphis enters Saturday'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 4-1 on the road this season and 7-2 away from FedExForum (road/neutral games).
Memphis returns three starters, but only five letterwinners from last year's squad.
The Mustangs are a perfect 10-0 at home in 2013-14 (includes 6-0 record in games played in Garland, Texas, while the Moody Coliseum renovations were completed), including a 3-0 mark in American Athletic Conference play.
SMU returns five starters and six letterwinners from last season's squad.
WHAT THE MUSTANGS DID A YEAR AGO
SMU posted a 15-17 overall record and a 5-11 Conference USA mark in 2012-13.
The Mustangs finished 11th in the Conference USA regular-season standings.
SMU lost to UAB 53-52 in the C-USA Tournament opening round.
SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS
SMU brings a 16-5 overall record and a 5-3 conference mark into Saturday's contest.
The Mustangs had won five in a row before dropping a 78-71 decision at USF in their last outing Jan. 28.
SMU is a perfect 10-0 at home in 2013-14, which includes a 6-0 record in Garland, Texas, where the Mustangs played while Moody Coliseum renovations were completed.
Of the Mustangs' 10 home wins, nine were by double figures. The lone home victory that was by single digits was a nine-point win (74-65) over Connecticut Jan. 4.
SMU's average margin of victory in its 10 home wins is 21.6 points.
The Mustangs were picked to finish sixth in the 2013-14 American Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll.
Keith Frazier was named the 2013-14 preseason American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.
Nic Moore (13.9 ppg) and Markus Kennedy (11.7 ppg) are SMU's only double-figure scorers.
Kennedy leads the Mustangs on the glass with a 7.0 rebounding average.
Moore is the squad's top playmaker with 93 total assists (4.4 apg; fourth in The American).
Kennedy is tops on the team with 30 steals (1.4 spg; 14th in The American).
Moore is SMU's top three-point threat, hitting 46.3 percent from the arc (third in The American).
The Mustangs are shooting 48.7 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from the arc and 68.5 percent from the free throw line.
SMU is out-rebounding its opponents by a whopping margin of +7.7 boards per game (37.9-30.2; first in The American).
Larry Brown is in his second season at SMU. He has a 31-22 record at the school.
PASTNER, BROWN PART OF AUTISM SPEAKS SATURDAY
Memphis head coach Josh Pastner and SMU head coach Larry Brown are two of nearly 100 coaches across the nation that will be wearing the "Autism Speaks" pin on their suit jackets Saturday.
Towson's Pat Skerry and Marshall's Tom Herrion, each who have sons on the autism spectrum, have started a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about this disease.
Last summer, Skerry and Herrion came up with the idea to mail the blue "Autism Speaks" puzzle pins to every coach that had a television game Feb. 1. The coaches would wear the pins on their suit jackets to bring awareness to this cause.
TIGERS LOVE SUPER BOWL WEEKEND
Memphis and SMU are playing Saturday, which is part of Super Bowl weekend.
Since 2000-01, Memphis has performed rather well in Super Bowl weekend contests.
The Tigers have a 10-3 record (.769 winning percentage) when they play on Super Bowl weekend since the turn of the 21st century.
Memphis has won its last three Super Bowl weekend games, with the last loss to Gonzaga in February of 2010 (66-58 loss at FedExForum).
The Tigers have a 2-0 record when playing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Super Bowl weekend since 2000-01.
Memphis defeated SMU at Moody Coliseum on the 2007 Super Bowl weekend (Feb. 3, 2007).
The Tigers also posted a 75-69 victory at TCU on the 2004 Super Bowl weekend (Jan. 31, 2004).
NICE TO SEE A FAMILIAR FOE
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 Saturday when it meets SMU in Dallas.
The Tigers and Mustangs played every season from 2005-06 through 2012-13 as members of Conference USA.
Memphis and SMU made the conference shift in the summer of 2013, with both schools becoming charter members of the American Athletic Conference.
Saturday's match-up is the first between the Tigers and Mustangs as American Athletic Conference foes.
SMU is the Tigers' third -- and final -- familiar league foe this season, as they played Houston Jan. 23 and UCF Jan. 29. Memphis will play all three opponents a second time this season.
BATTLE ON THE GLASS
For the second game in a row, Memphis faces one of the top rebounding teams in the American Athletic Conference in SMU.
The Mustangs lead the league with a whopping +7.7 rebound margin, while Memphis is fifth with a +2.7 rebound margin.
But, the Tigers have held their own on the boards in league games only.
In league games only (eight games), Memphis is second in rebound margin at +3.2. SMU is first at +3.6.
The Tigers have won the battle on the glass in six of their eight conference games.
BATTLE OF (SCORING) WILLS SATURDAY
In Moody Coliseum Saturday, something's gotta give.
The Tigers enter Saturday's league clash with the American Athletic Conference's second-highest scoring offense at 80.2 ppg.
SMU, however, brings the conference's second-stingiest defense, allowing only 61.2 ppg.
IT'S AN NCAA RING THING
Both head coaches in Saturday's Memphis-SMU 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 Rick Pitino's Kentucky team for the championship.
In the 1987-88 season, SMU head coach Larry Brown guided Kansas to the NCAA title with Danny Manning leading the way.
PASTNER VS. HALL OF FAMERS
For the sixth time in his young head coaching career, Josh Pastner is facing a Hall of Fame coach in SMU's Larry Brown.
Pastner is 2-3 in his previous five match-ups.
Earlier this season, Pastner posted his first win over Hall of Famer Rick Pitino when the Tigers defeated Louisville 73-67 Jan. 9.
Pastner is 1-2 in his encounters with Pitino.
Last season, Pastner led the Tigers to a 60-52 win over Brown's SMU squad in Dallas.
The first time Pastner faced a Hall of Fame head coach came in his first season in 2009-10.
That season, Pastner's Tigers dropped a 74-57 decision to Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim and Syracuse.
BROWN NOT NEW TO FACING TIGERS
Prior to his arrival at SMU in 2012-13, Larry Brown was a familiar face to Tigers fans.
Before last season's encounter that Memphis won 60-52, Brown coached against Memphis three times in the 1980s and was 2-1 versus the Tigers.
All four Brown-versus-Memphis encounters were single-digit outcomes, and the following shows that:
Year/Date Site Result
2012-13/Feb. 6 Dallas, Texas 60-52, UM
1987-88/Dec. 28 New York, N.Y. 64-62, KU^
1985-86/Jan. 4 Memphis, Tenn. 83-80, UM*
1984-85/Feb. 9 Lawrence, Kan. 75-71, KU#
^Kansas' 1988 NCAA title season
#Memphis' 1985 NCAA Final Four season
PASTNER VERSUS CAROLINA COACHING TREE
Although he hasn't faced North Carolina on the court (he's tried to set up a home-and-home series), Tigers head coach Josh Pastner has faced five head coaches -- current and former -- with North Carolina ties in his tenure.
On Saturday, Pastner faces Mustangs mentor Larry Brown, who played at North Carolina from 1960-63.
Pastner has a 13-4 record (.765 winning percentage) in these match-ups, and the following breaks it down:
Coach/Team UNC Tie Pastner
Larry Brown/SMU Player/1960-63 1-0
Matt Doherty/SMU Player/1981-84 2-2
Doug Wojcik/Tulsa Asst./2000-03 3-1
Jeff Lebo/ECU Player/1986-89 5-1
Jarod Haase/UAB Asst./2003-12 2-0
TIGERS LOVE DALLAS-FORT WORTH IN THE 2000S
Memphis sure loves its homecourt at FedExForum, and the 171-20 home record proves it.
But, if the Tigers can claim a second "home" -- a place they enjoy playing -- they may want to consider the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Since 2000-01, Memphis has a 10-2 record (.833 winning percentage) in games played in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including two NCAA Tournament games in 2006. The following shows those results:
Date Opponent Result
2/6/13 at SMU 60-52, W
1/12/11 at SMU 58-64, L
1/30/10 at SMU 60-70, L
2/4/09 at SMU 79-66, W
3/5/08 at SMU 72-55, W
3/3/07 at SMU 64-61, W
3/19/06 vs. Bucknell* 72-56, W
3/17/06 Oral Roberts* 94-78, W
1/29/05 at TCU 72-57, W
1/31/04 at TCU 75-69, W
2/8/03 at TCU 84-69, W
1/9/02 at TCU 98-93, W
* 2006 NCAA Tournament
TIGERS, BEWARE THE MOOD(Y)!
Don't think the 2013-14 Tigers need a reminder of how tough it can be to play in Moody Coliseum after their last three visits, two of which ended in losses -- 70-60 in 2009-10 and 64-58 in 2010-11.
Last season, Memphis pulled out a tough 60-52 victory in Moody Coliseum. The Tigers only led 22-17 at the break. Memphis extended the lead to 34-22 before a 12-2 SMU run pulled the Mustangs to within two at 36-34. Two Geron Johnson treys and clutch free throw shooting in the final two minutes (12-of-16 in last 1:38) helped Memphis secure the win.
Prior to the two setbacks in 2009-10 and 2010-11, Memphis had some close calls versus SMU in Moody Coliseum.
In the 2009 contest at SMU, Memphis led 34-29 at the break, but the Mustangs opened the second half with a 12-5 run to take a 41-39 lead at the 13:43 mark. The Tigers, though, regrouped and went on a 15-2 spurt over the next seven minutes to take a 54-43 lead and never looked back.
In the 2007-08 meeting in Dallas, Memphis had to fend off several Mustang charges before pulling away late for the 72-55 victory.
In 2006-07, the Tigers entered the game with a perfect 15-0 league record, but had to scrap and claw their way to a 64-61 win to preserve its first perfect conference season.
SHOOTING WOES IN THE MOODY
One reason the Tigers have had a tough time at Moody Coliseum is they don't shoot well on the Mustangs' homecourt.
In the last six visits to Moody Coliseum, Memphis shot a combined 41 percent (134-327) from the floor and 33.1 percent (42-127) from the arc.
The Tigers shot under 40 percent from the field in three of their previous six visits. Memphis hit 35 percent or less from the arc three times.
In its 2013 visit, Memphis shot a regular-season low 29.8 percent from the floor.
The Tigers' lowest field goal percentage of 2012-13 came in the NCAA Tournament third round against Michigan State (29.7 percent).
ANOTHER STREAK STILL GOING
While their overall conference win streak is over, the Tigers still have their conference road win streak alive after their last victory at UCF Jan. 29 (69-59).
Memphis brings a 16-game conference road win streak into Saturday's game at SMU.
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 road victory at UCF also kept another win streak alive for Memphis.
Memphis now has won 19-straight conference games (regular season and tournament) away from FedExForum.
In addition to the streak of 16-straight conference true road wins, the Tigers also won three games at the 2013 Conference USA Tournament in Tulsa, Okla. (BOK Center).
AND SPEAKING OF ROAD WIN STREAKS
The Tigers had another recent conference road win streak from 2006-10, but it came to an end in January of 2010.
And the site where Memphis' conference road win streak came to an end? SMU's Moody Coliseum.
Nearly four years to the day (Jan. 30, 2010), the Tigers entered Moody Coliseum with a 27-game conference road win streak (all in Conference USA).
Memphis held a 30-25 lead at the break of the Jan. 30, 2010, encounter, but SMU exploded for 45 second-half points for the 70-60 victory.
On Saturday, Memphis brings a 16-game conference road win streak into Moody Coliseum.