Tigers On TV/Radio/Web Television: CBS Sports Network/Comcast digital channel 222 (Dave Ryan, play-by-play; Pete Gillen, color analyst; Gary Parrish, sideline reporter)
Radio: WREC 600 AM (Dave Woloshin, play-by-play; Matt Dillon, color analyst; Forrest Goodman, studio host)
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis (17-3, 6-0 C-USA) returns home to FedExForum Saturday, Feb. 2 to host Tulsa (12-9, 4-3 C-USA) in a Conference USA match-up. The game, slated for a CBS Sports Network telecast, is scheduled for a 1 p.m. (CT) start.
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 11-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, Marshall 73-72 Jan. 26 and East Carolina 75-68 Jan. 30.
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.
Tulsa is 3-2 in its last five outings, including a 15-point road victory at Houston Jan. 23.
The Golden Hurricane are 4-5 in road games this year.
Tulsa returns only one starter and four letterwinners from last year's 17-14 squad.
WHAT'S UP NEXT
The Tigers take to the road Wednesday, Feb. 6 when they travel to Dallas, Texas, to face C-USA foe SMU. Game time is 7 p.m. (CT). The contest is not televised, but can be viewed on the Memphis Tiger Network via All-Access on www.gotigersgo.com.
The Golden Hurricane return back to Tulsa, Okla., to host UAB in a Conference USA encounter Feb. 6. Game time is 7 p.m. (CT).
WHAT THE GOLDEN HURRICANE DID A YEAR AGO
Tulsa posted a 17-14 overall record and a 10-6 Conference USA mark.
The Golden Hurricane finished in third place in the C-USA regular-season standings.
Tulsa earned an opening-round bye in the Conference USA Tournament. The Golden Hurricane then dropped a thrilling 105-100 triple overtime decision to Marshall in the C-USA Tournament quarterfinal round.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN HURRICANE
Tulsa brings a 12-9 overall record and a 4-3 C-USA mark into Saturday's league encounter.
The Golden Hurricane are 3-2 in their last five outings with wins over Rice, UTEP and Houston.
Tulsa is 4-5 in road games this season with victories at San Diego, Oral Roberts, SMU and Houston.
The tandem of James Woodard (13.2 ppg) and Pat Swilling Jr. (10.4 ppg) are the Golden Hurricane's top-two scorers. Rashad Smith is averaging 14.5 points, but has missed the last 17 games with a leg injury.
Woodard (5.9 rpg), D'Andre Wright (5.1 rpg) and Kauri Black (5.0 rpg) all average five or more boards per game. Woodard is ranked 17th in rebounding in C-USA.
Shaquille Harrison is Tulsa's top playmaker with 48 total assists (2.3 apg).
Swilling has the team's top percentage from the arc (42.2 percent), while Scottie Haralson leads the Golden Hurricane with 126 three-point attempts.
Tulsa is shooting 44 percent from the floor, 32.7 percent from the three-point line and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe.
The Golden Hurricane are out-rebounding their opponents by an average margin of +2.6 boards per game (36.1-33.5).
Tulsa turns the ball over 15.8 times per game, the fourth-most in C-USA. The Golden Hurricane is 10th in turnover margin (-1.8) in C-USA.
The city of Memphis will be well represented in Saturday's Conference USA encounter between the Tigers and Golden Hurricane.
The squads combine to have eight players from Memphis area on the two rosters.
Tulsa has one player -- Tim Peete (Central High School) -- that calls Memphis home.
Memphis Wins C-USA Regular-Season Crown with 78-66 Victory At Tulsa
Using an 18-3 run to begin the second half, Memphis (23-8, 13-3 C-USA) claimed the Conference USA regular-season title outright with a 78-66 win at Tulsa (17-13, 10-6 C-USA) on Saturday. Will Barton, the leading scorer in C-USA, poured in a career-high 30 points to become the 47th Tiger to reach the 1,000-point plateau and only the ninth player to hit the milestone in just two seasons.
Both head coaches in Saturday's Memphis-Tulsa match-up have NCAA title rings.
Memphis head coach Josh Pastner won his NCAA title as a player on the 1996-97 Arizona squad.
Tulsa head coach Danny Manning won two NCAA crowns as a player and assistant coach at Kansas. Manning led the Jayhawks to the 1988 national title as a player and then helped guide Kansas to the 2008 NCAA championship as an assistant on Bill Self's staff. The Jayhawks defeated Memphis for the 2008 NCAA title.
DO YOU REMEMBER?
After they took over the No. 1 spot in both national polls in 2007-08, the Tigers' first foe was Tulsa on Jan. 23, 2008.
Memphis moved to the top position in both national polls on Jan. 21, 2008, and then two days later, met the Golden Hurricane in the Reynolds Center. Memphis won that encounter 56-41.
HIDE YOUR EYES!
Saturday's contest may not be a pretty sight in terms of shooting from long distance.
Memphis and Tulsa 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 (34.5), while the Golden Hurricane are ninth (32.7).
PROTECT THE BALL!
Saturday's outcome may come down to which team protects the ball better.
Memphis and Tulsa both rank in the top-five in Conference USA in turnovers per game.
The Tigers average 15.1 miscues per contest (fifth-most in C-USA), while the Golden Hurricane turn the ball over 15.8 times a game (fourth-most in C-USA).
Memphis brings an 11-game win streak into Saturday's Conference USA encounter versus Tulsa.
The 11-game win streak is tied for the 11th-longest in school history.
The following lists the longest win streaks in Tigers basketball history:
vs. Missouri, 102-91*
vs. Ohio State, 92-76*
at Virginia Tech, 76-72
at Centenary, 70-68
at UAB, 80-74
at Louisville, 83-69
vs Kansas, 75-68 (ot)*
at Louisville, 78-75
2012-13, 2003-04, 1983-83, 1975-76
* streak ended in NCAA Tournament ^Pastner was an assistant coach on Tigers staff
TOP 20-GAME STARTS SINCE 1970-71
The Tigers played their 20th game of 2012-13 Jan. 30 at East Carolina, and with their 75-68 win, they tied for the sixth-best, 20-game start in school history.
The following lists the top six 20-game starts since 1970-71:
*Team advanced to NCAA Final Four
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 this two-week stretch (four games) that began Jan. 30.
Memphis is the only team in C-USA to play three of its next four league contests on the road. The Tigers played at East Carolina Jan. 30 (75-68 Tigers win) and has road games at SMU Feb. 6 and Southern Miss Feb. 9.
Memphis' lone home contest in this four-game stretch is Saturday, Feb. 2 versus Tulsa.
JANUARY, PLEASE DON'T GO...
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 93-21 record (.816 winning percentage) in the month of January.
Memphis has won 61 of its last 68 January games (.897 winning percentage).
This season, the Tigers went undefeated in the month of January with an 8-0 record. It is the fourth time in the last seven years Memphis posted a perfect January record.
FEBRUARY ALSO FRIENDLY FOR TIGERS
The Tigers have enjoyed tremendous success in the month of January (93-21 record; .816 winning percentage) since 1999-2000, but February hasn't been too bad either.
Since 1999-2000, Memphis has a 76-23 record (.768 winning percentage) in February.
Last year, the Tigers posted a 7-2 record in February.
Memphis has won 47 of its last 55 games (.855 winning percentage) in the month of February.
MEMPHIS IN CONFERENCE USA
The Tigers have an all-time record of 205-65 (.759 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.
TIGERS SUCCESS AT FEDEXFORUM
The Tigers have a 157-18 overall record (.897 winning percentage) at FedExForum since moving to the arena for the 2004-05 campaign.
Since the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, Memphis has won 147 of its last 159 home games (.925 winning percentage).
Against Conference USA foes (regular season and tournament) at FedExForum since 2004-05, the Tigers have a 78-7 mark (.918 winning percentage).
Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis is 27-3 (.900 winning percentage) against C-USA opponents.
TIGERS TOUGH AT HOME IN C-USA
Since moving to FedExForum in 2004-05, Memphis has turned its homecourt into one of toughest arenas for opponents to play, and that is seen in the Tigers' 157-18 overall record.
But, it is even tougher for Conference USA foes since conference realignment in 2005-06.
Memphis has an incredible 70-3 record (.959 winning percentage) at FedExForum versus C-USA opponents (regular season and conference tournament) since 2005-06.
The following shows the nation's top-10 conference homecourt records since 2005-06 (regular season and conference tournament; credit to Bryan McEldowney for compiling this list and Travis Chell for its updates this season):
Best Homecourt Records in Conference Play (Reg. Season & Tourney) Since 2005-06
BEST HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE
Since 2004-05, Memphis has won 157 games at FedExForum, the most home wins in the country over that span of time.
The following are the top-five programs with the most home wins since 2004-05 (credit to former Memphis Athletics Communications Assistant Bryan McEldowney for compiling this list; credit to Travis Chell for updates):
Most Home Wins Since (2004-05) (as of Feb. 1)
HE'S IN THE (1,000-POINT) CLUB!
With his career-high 26-point performance Jan. 30 versus East Carolina, Joe Jackson joined the 1,000-point club. Jackson's 26 points give him 1,010 for his career.
The 6-foot-1 guard is the 48th Tiger to reach 1,000 points and is in the No. 45 spot on the all-time scoring list.
JACKSON PUTS TIGERS IN ANOTHER ELITE GROUP
When Joe Jacksonreached the 1,000-point milestone Jan. 30, he not only achieved a personal goal, but also placed Memphis among another elite collegiate club. The following lists the schools with the most 1,000-point scorers: