Feb. 7, 2014
|| #24/RV Memphis (17-5, 7-3) vs #23/20 Gonzaga (21-3, 11-1)
||Saturday, February 8 - 8 p.m. CT | FedExForum/Memphis, Tenn.
|| How to Follow
Tigers On TV/Radio/Web
Television: ESPN (Dan Shulman, play-by-play; Jay Bilas, analyst; Shannon Spake, reporter)/Memphis Comcast channel 23
Radio: WREC 600 AM (Dave Woloshin, play-by-play; Matt Dillon, color analyst; Forrest Goodman, studio host)
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis (17-5, 7-3 The American) continues its three-game homestand Feb. 8 when it steps out-of-conference against Gonzaga (21-3, 11-1 West Coast). Saturday's game is the Tigers' final non-league contest of the 2013-14 regular season.
ESPN is televising Saturday's 8 p.m. (CT) contest from FedExForum. The Memphis-Gonzaga game also is available via the web at ESPN3.com/WatchESPN.
The Tigers opened the three-game homestand with a 101-69 American Athletic Conference victory over Rutgers Feb. 4.
The Tigers remained in the Associated Press (AP) poll released Feb. 3. Memphis has appeared in all 14 AP polls this season. Memphis is in the Also Receiving Votes portion of the USA Today coaches poll (No. 26). Gonzaga is ranked No. 23 in the AP poll and No. 20 in the coaches poll.
Memphis enters Saturday's encounter having won seven of its last 10 games. The Tigers' three setbacks were to Cincinnati 69-53, Connecticut 83-73 and SMU 87-72.
The Tigers are 10-2 at FedExForum this season, including 7-0 versus non-conference foes.
Memphis returns three starters, but only five letterwinners from last year's squad.
The Bulldogs are 5-1 in road games this season, with the lone setback at Portland Jan. 9.
Gonzaga is 8-3 away from the McCarthey Athletic Center (5-1 road/3-2 neutral).
The Bulldogs return two starters and nine letterwinners from last season's squad.
WHAT THE BULLDOGS DID A YEAR AGO
The Last Meeting
February 5, 2011
Memphis Outlasts Gonzaga, 62-58
SPOKANE, Wash. - Antonio Barton scored 17 points, including the last four, and his brother Will added 12 points, seven rebounds, and six assists, as the Memphis Tigers outlasted the Gonzaga Bulldogs, 62-58, Saturday afternoon at Spokane Arena.
Gonzaga posted a 32-3 overall record and a 16-0 West Coast Conference mark in 2012-13.
The Bulldogs swept the West Coast Conference regular-season and tournament crowns.
Gonzaga finished the 2012-13 regular season as the No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll.
The Bulldogs earned the NCAA Tournament West Region No. 1 seed.
Gonzaga fell to Wichita State 76-70 in the NCAA Tournament third round.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Gonzaga brings a 21-3 overall record into Saturday's non-conference encounter.
The Bulldogs are 11-1 in West Coast Conference (WCC) play.
Gonzaga is on a seven-game win streak entering Saturday's contest.
The Bulldogs are 5-1 in true road games and 8-3 in contests played away (road/neutral) from the McCarthey Athletic Center.
All three Gonzaga setbacks were by 10 or fewer points.
The Bulldogs were picked to win the 2013-14 WCC regular-season title.
Gary Bell Jr. and Kevin Pangos both were named to the 2013-14 preseason All-WCC Team.
Pangos leads three Bulldogs averaging double figures at 15.3 ppg.
Sam Dower Jr. (14.6 ppg) and Bell Jr. (11.9 ppg) also average double digits for Gonzaga.
Przemek Karnowski (7.5 rpg) and Dower Jr. (6.5 rpg) lead the Bulldogs on the glass.
Pangos (99 total assists; 4.1 apg) and David Stockton (97 assists; 4.0 apg) are the team's top two playmakers.
Stockton leads the Bulldogs with 39 steals (1.6 spg).
Three Bulldogs -- Drew Barham (47.9 percent), Bell Jr. (45.7 percent) and Pangos (43.4 percent) -- all shoot over 40 percent from the three-point arc.
Gonzaga is shooting 50.3 percent from the field, 41.8 percent from the arc and 71.6 percent from the free throw line.
The Bulldogs are out-rebounding their opponents by a margin of +4.2 boards per game (36.2-32.0).
Mark Few is in his 15th season at Gonzaga. He has a 395-96 record at the school.
MEMPHIS VERSUS THE WCC
The Tigers have a 19-9 all-time record (.679 winning percentage) versus West Coast Conference (WCC) schools.
Memphis has played BYU (3-1), Gonzaga (5-2), Pepperdine (6-1), Portland (1-3), Saint Mary's (2-0), San Francisco (2-0) and Santa Clara (0-2).
The Tigers have never met Loyola-Marymount, Pacific and San Diego.
The last time Memphis played a West Coast Conference school was last season (2012-13). The Tigers defeated Saint Mary's 54-52 in an NCAA Tournament second-round match-up at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The city of Memphis and its surrounding communities will be well represented in Saturday's contest between the Tigers and Bulldogs.
The squads combine to have nine players from Memphis area on the two rosters.
Gonzaga has one player -- Drew Barham (Christian Brothers HS) -- that calls the Bluff City home. Barham played three seasons for the Tigers from 2009-12.
On the Tigers' side, eight players hail from the Memphis area. Chris Crawford, Markel Crawford, Trey Draper, Joe Jackson, Nick King and Jake McDowell all are from Memphis. Sophomore Anthony Cole is from Arlington and freshman Austin Nichols is from Collierville, both suburbs of Memphis.
2012 TEAM USA U18 REUNION SATURDAY
Saturday's Memphis-Gonzaga contest features a 2012 Team USA U18 reunion.
Tigers sophomore Shaq Goodwin and Bulldogs head coach Mark Few were a part of the United States U18 squad in June of 2012. Few served as an assistant coach for the U18 squad.
Goodwin and Few helped the U.S. post a 5-0 record and win the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil.
Goodwin averaged 12.4 points (third on team) and 4.8 rebounds (fourth on team).
Goodwin led the squad in field goal percentage (80 percent) and free throw percentage (77.8 percent).
In the opening-game win over the U.S. Virgin Islands, Goodwin netted 30 points on 12-of-12 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws.
His 30-point performance was the third-highest, single-game scoring effort in USA Basketball U18 history.
His 12-of-12 shooting performance from the floor set a U.S. mark for highest field goal percentage in a U18 game.
YOU SAY IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY!
With all the hoopla over a top-25 meeting between Memphis and Gonzaga and ESPN College GameDay coming to town, let's not overlook that it's Joe Jackson's birthday Saturday.
Jackson turns 22 Saturday, and one birthday wish is for a win over Gonzaga.
The Tigers are 1-0 this season when playing a game on a player's birthday.
On Michael Dixon Jr.'s birthday Dec. 1, Memphis won the Old Spice Classic with a 73-68 victory over No. 5/8 Oklahoma State in Orlando.
DID YOU KNOW?/LAST MEETING
It's been over three years since the two programs met, but there's a couple of interesting tidbits from that last meeting in 2011.
First, current Gonzaga graduate student Drew Barham started that 2011 encounter as a Memphis Tiger. He played seven minutes.
Second, Chris Crawford and Joe Jackson both went scoreless in the Tigers' 62-58 victory over Gonzaga. It is the only time in their careers that both players were scoreless in the same game.
SUCCESS VERSUS SUCCESS, 21ST CENTURY STYLE
Two of the NCAA's most-successful programs in the 21st century meet Saturday when Memphis hosts Gonzaga.
The following shows just how successful both programs have been since 2000-01:
"Success" Stats Since 2000-01
Memphis Stat Gonzaga
375 No. of Wins 368
4 30-Win Seasons 1
13 20-Win Season 14
5 Weeks Ranked No. 1 2
13 Postseason Berths 13
9 NCAA Tournament Berths 13
4 NIT Berths 0
1 NCAA Final Four 0
3 NCAA Elite Eight 0
4 NCAA Sweet Sixteen 3
7 Conference Regular- 12
4 Undefeated Conference 4
7 Conference Tournament 10
#Memphis is 3rd-winningest NCAA Division I program since 2000-01; Gonzaga is 4th
FOLLOW THE LEADER
If Memphis head coach Josh Pastner is doing so, then he's picked a great example to follow in Gonzaga head coach Mark Few.
Both coaches first five years parallel each other and the following shows that:
Pastner* Stat/Category Few
123-39 Record 133-32
4 Postseason Appearances 5
4 20-Win Seasons 5
1 30-Win Season 0
3 NCAA Tour. Appearances 5
1 NIT Appearances 0
2 Conference Regular- 4
1 Undefeated Conference 1
3 Conference Tournament 4
*Pastner is in 5th year in 2013-14
BACK TO NORMAL
After playing their last meeting in 2011 with neither team ranked, it's back to normal in 2014 with both teams in the national polls.
The 2011 encounter was only the second time in the series that both teams were not ranked when they played. The 1998 game was the other time neither squad was ranked.
On Saturday, Memphis enters the contest ranked No. 24 in the Associated Press (AP) poll and in the Also Receiving Votes category (No. 26) in the coaches poll. Gonzaga is No. 23 in the AP poll and No. 20 in the coaches poll.
Memphis is 2-0 in meetings when both were ranked (2005-06, 2008-09).
The following shows the rankings the teams had entering their showdowns and the results of the previous meetings:
Year UofM Rank GU Rank Result
2013-14 24/ARV 23/20 ----
2010-11 NR/NR NR/NR UM, 62-58
2009-10 NR/NR 17/13 GU, 66-58
2008-09 14/15 18/18 UM, 68-50
2007-08 1/1 ARV/ARV UM, 81-73
2006-07 8/9 NR/NR UM, 78-77
2005-06 4/4 8/9 UM, 83-72
1998-99 NR/NR NR/NR GU, 88-73
NON-CONFERENCE IN JAN./FEB.
When calendar turns to January each year, all NCAA Division I programs' focus is on conference play.
But, since 2003-04, the Tigers have managed to squeeze in a non-conference opponent or two in their opens dates in league play.
And 2013-14 is no different for Memphis.
The Tigers are stepping out of conference for a second time during 2013-14 league play to meet Gonzaga Saturday.
Since 2003-04, Memphis has an impressive 20-7 record (.741 winning percentage) when playing non-conference foes in January and February.
tigers non-conference success
Since 1999-2000, the Tigers have a non-conference record (including postseason) of 199-68 for a 74.5 winning percentage.
In 2012-13, Memphis was 15-5 against non-conference opponents (including postseason).
TIGERS SUCCESS AT FEDEXFORUM
The Tigers have a 172-20 overall record (.896 winning percentage) at FedExForum since moving to the arena for the 2004-05 campaign.
Since the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, Memphis has won 162 of its last 176 home games (.920 winning percentage).
BEST HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE
Since 2004-05, Memphis has won 172 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 Athletics Communications Assistant Bryan McEldowney for compiling this list):
Most Home Wins Since 2004-05
(as of Feb. 7, 2014)
1. Memphis 172
2. Ohio State 165
3. Syracuse 163
4. Kansas 159
5. Louisville 158