Memphis Basketball Notes
Go Tigers! Joe Jackson and the Tigers host Xavier in a non-league encounter Saturday at FedExForum.
Go Tigers!
Joe Jackson and the Tigers host Xavier in a non-league encounter Saturday at FedExForum.
Go Tigers!

Feb. 3, 2012

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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)
Web: None

• 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.

• 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).

• 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.

• 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).

• 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.

• 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 and Xavier have been two of college basketball's most successful programs the last six years, and the following chronicles that:

	Memphis		Xavier
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

• 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:

	Pastner		Mack
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 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.

• 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

• 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

• 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).

• 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
Syracuse 128

• 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

• 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

• 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



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