Feb. 3, 2012
Memphis Game Notes vs Xavier
Tigers On TV/Radio/Web
Television: SportSouth/Comcast digital channel 52 (Ron Thulin, play-by-play; Mike Gminski, color analyst; Debbie Antonelli, sideline reporter)
Radio: WREC 600 AM (Dave Woloshin, play-by-play; Matt Dillon, color analyst; Forrest Goodman, studio host)
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis (15-7, 6-2 C-USA) takes a step outside conference play on Saturday, Feb. 4 to host Xavier (15-7, 6-3 A-10) in a non-league showdown at FedExForum. The game, to be televised on SportSouth, is slated for a 12 p.m. (CT) start.
The Tigers were not ranked in either national polls, which were released Jan. 30. Xavier was not ranked in either national poll.
Memphis enters Saturday's encounter having won nine of its last 11.
The Tigers had their three-game Conference USA win streak snapped with a narrow 75-72 setback at Southern Miss Feb. 1.
Before that Feb. 1 loss, Memphis had won three straight with victories over SMU 63-45 Jan. 21, Rice 73-51 Jan. 25 and Marshall 83-76 Jan. 28.
Prior to the Jan. 18 setback to UCF, the Tigers had won six straight with victories over Robert Morris 64-47 Dec. 29, Charlotte 67-58 Dec. 31, Tennessee 69-51 Jan. 4, UAB 62-59 Jan. 7, Southern Miss 60-58 Jan. 11 and Houston 89-55 Jan. 14.
The Musketeers enter Saturday's contest on a two-game win streak with road victories at Charlotte and George Washington.
Saturday's game is the end of a three-game road swing for Xavier.
WHAT'S UP NEXT...
Memphis returns to Conference USA action Wednesday, Feb. 8 when it travels to Greenville, N.C., to play East Carolina. Game time is 6 p.m. (CT).
Xavier returns home after its three-game road trip to host Rhode Island in an Atlantic 10 Conference match-up. Game time is 6 p.m. (CT).
WHAT THE MUSKETEERS DID LAST YEAR
Xavier posted a 24-8 overall record and a 15-1 Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) mark.
The Musketeers won the A-10 Conference regular season title in 2010-11.
Xavier fell to rival Dayton 68-67 in the A-10 Tournament quarterfinal round.
The Musketeers earned an at-large bid to the 2011 NCAA Tournament and dropped a 66-55 decision to Marquette in the second round.
SCOUTING THE MUSKETEERS
Xavier brings a 15-7 overall record and a 6-3 A-10 Conference mark into Saturday's nonconference encounter.
The Musketeers have won six of their last eight, with three of the victories coming on the road (including last two).
The backcourt tandem of Tu Holloway (16.4 ppg) and Mark Lyons (16.3 ppg) paces the Xavier offense.
Andre Walker leads the Musketeers on the glass at 6.0 rpg, followed by Kenny Frease (5.6 rpg) and Dezmine Wells (5.4 rpg).
Holloway is tops on the team with 114 assists (5.7 apg) and 36 steals. Lyons is second in both with 54 assists and 28 steals.
Lyons is Xavier's top three-point threat, hitting 42 percent of his attempts from the arc.
Xavier is shooting 45.7 percent from the floor, 35.6 percent from the arc and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe.
The Musketeers are out-rebounding their opponents by an average margin of +2.3 boards per game (37.2-34.9).
TIGERS TAKING PART IN PLAY FOR KAY
On Saturday, the Memphis men's basketball team will take a small part in women's college hoops "Play for Kay" month in which teams across the country will bring awareness to breast cancer.
Play for Kay is in honor of former N.C. State head coach and women's hoops coaching legend Kay Yow.
The Tigers men's staff will wear pink polo shirts on Saturday.
Last October, men's head coach Josh Pastner served as honorary chair of the Mid-South Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event.
The Memphis women's team hosts UCF in a C-USA clash at 4 p.m. (CT) following the men's game, and those who wear pink to the women's contest will receive free admission.
LONG TIME, NO SEE (IN MEMPHIS)
For the first time in 46 seasons, Xavier makes a trip to the Bluff City to play the Tigers.
The last time the Musketeers visited Memphis was the 1965-66 campaign.
The Tigers were in their second season of play at Mid-South Coliseum when Xavier came on Jan. 29, 1966. The Musketeers won a high-scoring affair 110-107.
Xavier's other two visits to Memphis both were to Memorial Fieldhouse on campus in the 1954-55 and 1963-64 seasons.
MEMPHIS, XAVIER SUCCESS SINCE `05-06
Memphis and Xavier have been two of college basketball's most successful programs the last six years, and the following chronicles that:
201 Wins (Includes `11-12) 168
83.4 Win Pct. 74.0
6 20-Win Seasons 6
4 30-Win Seasons 1
4 Conf. Reg. Season Titles 5
5 Conf. Tour. Titles 1
5 NCAA Tour. Appearances 6
COACHES MIRROR IMAGES
Memphis head coach Josh Pastner and Xavier head coach Chris Mack have near mirror images of success in their young three-season careers, and the following shows that:
64-27 Record 65-24
70.3 Win Pct. 73.0
0 Conf. Reg. Titles 2
1 Conf. Tour. Titles 0
2 Postseason Appearances 2
1 NCAA Tour. Appearances 2
1 NIT Appearances 0
Xavier is the last of four teams that will make/has made their first trips to FedExForum in 2011-12.
When the Musketeers last played Memphis in the Bluff City, the teams faced off in the Mid-South Coliseum (1965-66 season).
The other three visiting programs that already played for the first time in FedExForum this season were Belmont Nov. 15, Murray State Dec. 11 and Robert Morris Dec. 29.
MEMPHIS VERSUS THE ATLANTIC 10
Memphis has an all-time record of 63-64 against current members of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
The Tigers have played Charlotte (8-6), Dayton (7-12), Duquesne (0-2), Fordham (2-1), George Washington (0-1), La Salle (1-1), Massachusetts (1-2), Rhode Island (0-1), Richmond (4-0), St. Bonaventure (1-1), Saint Joseph's (1-1), Saint Louis (32-25), Temple (5-5) and Xavier (1-6).
The last time the Tigers played an Atlantic 10 foe was earlier this season. Memphis defeated Charlotte 67-58 on Dec. 31 at FedExForum.
DEFENSE AWAITS ON SATURDAY
Although both squads have players that would enjoy an offensive-firework display, it's been both teams' defenses that have keyed their success this season.
The following shows the similarities in the team's defensive stats (conference rank follows stat):
UofM/Rank Defensive Stat XU/Rank
38.3/1st FG Pct. Defense 39.0/1st
31.3/4th 3-pt. FG Pct. Defense 30.4/4th
66.4/11th Scoring Defense 65.9/5th
6.4/1st Blocks 3.8/10th
7.3/4th Steals 6.3/11th
FOURTH TIME'S A CHARM; FIFTH TIME FOR POINTS
For the fifth time this season, Will Barton set a career high for points with 29 in the Tigers' Jan. 28 win over Marshall.
In the first nine games of the season, 6-foot-6 guard set career highs for both scoring and rebounding on four different occasions.
The following tracks his career high changes this year:
Opponent Pts Rebs
Marshall 29 --
Louisville 28 16
Murray State 27* --
Miami, Fla. 27 14
Austin Peay -- 13
Tennessee 25 11
Belmont 23 --
Highs Entering 2011-12 22 8
*tied career high at that point
TIGERS SUCCESS AT FEDEXFORUM
The Tigers have a 138-16 overall record (.896 winning percentage) at FedExForum since moving into the arena for the 2004-05 campaign.
Since the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, Memphis has won 127 of its last 137 home games (.927 winning percentage).
BEST HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE
Since 2004-05, Memphis has won 138 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 Bryan McEldowney for compiling this list):
Most Home Wins Since 2004-05
1. Memphis 138
2. Ohio State 134
3. Kansas 130
4. Louisville 128
CRAWFORD LOVIN' THE STARTIN' ROLE
Every player loves to start, but Chris Crawford is showing how much he loves the starting nod with the numbers the 6-foot-4 guard is putting up in those starts.
Starter Statistic Reserve
14 # of Games 8
11.4* Scoring 5.1
3.9 Rebounding 1.5
47.4 FG Pct. 31.4
42.4 3-pt. FG Pct. 26.7
60-30 Asst-TO 20-20
13-27 Blk-Stl 8-10
*scored career-high 23 points vs. Southern Miss Feb. 1
HOLD `EM UNDER 40 (PERCENT)
The key stat for the Tigers' season has emerged. and it's field goal percentage defense.
Memphis is a perfect 11-0 when it holds opponents to under 40 percent shooting from the field (4-7 when foes shoot 40 or better).
The Tigers are ranked nationally in field goal percentage defense (12th), three-point field goal percentage defense (62nd) and blocks per game (7th)/NCAA stats as of Jan. 30.
Under 40 Defense Statistic Over 40
11-0 Record 4-7
32.8 FG Pct. Def. 44.0
25.9 3-pt. FG Pct. Def. 36.9
+3.0 Rebound Margin -0.6
7.6 Blocks 5.1
8.3 Steals 6.5
GIVE US 20 (PLEASE)
As in Tiger Nation hopes that Tarik Black plays at least 20 minutes each game (and hopefully more) for the remainder of the season.
The following chart shows the difference in stats when Black plays 20-plus minutes and under 20:
Gms Under 20 Stat Gms 20+
7 # of Games 15
7.7 Scoring Avg. 10.4
2.0 Rebounding Avg. 5.9
8/2 Blocks/Steals 33/12
65.6 FG Pct. 64.4
52.2 FT Pct. 62.5
-3.3 Team Reb. Margin +3.3