Memphis Basketball Notes vs. Southern Miss

Feb. 8, 2013

Memphis (19-3, 8-0) at Southern Miss (18-5, 7-1)
Reed GreenColiseum (Hattiesburg, Miss.)
Sat., February 9, 2013 - 3 pm (CT)

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SETTING THE SCENE

  • Memphis (19-3, 8-0 C-USA) closes out a short two-game road trip Saturday, Feb. 9 when it travels to Hattiesburg, Miss., for a Conference USA encounter with longtime rival Southern Miss (18-5, 7-1 C-USA). The game, scheduled for a 3 p.m. (CT) start, is slated for a CBS Sports Network (Comcast digital channel 222) telecast.
  • The Tigers appeared in the Also Receiving Votes category of this week's national polls. Memphis is No. 30 in the Associated Press poll and No. 32 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. Southern Miss was also in the coaches poll Also Receiving Votes category at No. 34.
  • The Tigers bounced back after their Dec. 15 setback to No. 6/6 Louisville with 13-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, East Carolina 75-68 Jan. 30, Tulsa 94-64 Feb. 2 and SMU 60-52 Feb. 6.
  • 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.
  • Southern Miss has won 10 of its last 11 outings, including four road victories at Rice, SMU, Tulsa and UAB.
  • The Golden Eagles are 8-0 at Reed Green Coliseum this year.
  • Southern Miss returns two starters and five letterwinners from last year's 25-9 squad. The Golden Eagles also welcome 12 newcomers to this season's squad.

WHAT'S UP NEXT

  • The Tigers return home to the friendly confines of FedExForum Wednesday, Feb. 13 to host UCF in a C-USA encounter at 7 p.m. (CT). The contest is slated for a CBS Sports Network (CBS SN) telecast.
  • The Golden Eagles continue their two-game homestand Wednesday, Feb. 13 when they host Tulane at Reed Green Coliseum. Game time is 7 p.m. (CT).

WHAT THE GOLDEN EAGLES DID A YEAR AGO

  • Southern Miss posted a 25-9 overall record and an 11-5 Conference USA mark.
  • The Golden Eagles finished second in the C-USA regular-season standings.
  • Southern Miss advanced to the Conference USA Tournament semifinal round, before falling to Marshall 73-62.
  • The Golden Eagles received an NCAA Tournament at-large bid and dropped a 70-64 second-round decision to Kansas State.

SCOUTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES

  • Southern Miss enters Saturday's C-USA encounter with an 18-5 overall record and a 7-1 league mark.
  • The Golden Eagles have won 10 of their last 11 outings, including four road wins over Rice, SMU, Tulsa and UAB. Southern Miss dropped a narrow 60-58 decision to UCF Feb. 6.
  • Southern Miss is a perfect 8-0 at Reed Green Coliseum this season, including a 102-46 blowout win over Marshall Jan. 23.
  • The tandem of Dwayne Davis (12.9 ppg) and Jerrold Brooks (10.7 ppg) paces the Golden Eagles offense.
  • Jonathan Mills is Southern Miss' top rebounder at 6.7 boards per game. Michael Craig is second at 5.3 rpg.
  • Neil Watson is the Golden Eagles' top playmaker with 111 total assists (5.0 apg; fourth in C-USA).
  • Southern Miss has five players that shoot 35 percent or better from the three-point line, and they are Watson (46.3 percent), Davis (42.3), Rashard McGill (39.4), Brooks (36.5) and Deon Edwin (36.4).
  • The Golden Eagles are shooting 48.6 percent from the floor, 39 percent from the three-point line and 69.8 percent from the charity stripe.
  • Southern Miss is out-rebounding its opponents by an average margin of +6.5 boards per game (35.3-28.8).
  • The Golden Eagles have 10 players that average double digits in minutes played.
  • Head coach Donnie Tyndall is in his first season at Southern Miss. He came to Hattiesburg from Morehead State, where he spent six seasons. His 2010-11 team upset Louisville in the NCAA Tournament second round.
The Last Meeting
Memphis72
Southern Miss75
February 1, 2012
Hattiesburg, Miss.
Crawford Nets Career-High 23 Points in Memphis' Loss to Southern Miss, 75-72
Chris Crawford scored a career-high 23 points, but was unable to connect on a three-point shot at the buzzer and Southern Miss defeated Memphis, 75-72. Crawford connected on 9-of-15 (60.0 percent) field-goal attempts, including 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) from three-point range.


"MID-WAY" FIRST PLACE ON THE LINE

  • The Tigers and Golden Eagles enter Saturday's game with Conference USA's "mid-way" first place on the line.
  • Memphis is atop the Conference USA standings at 8-0, with Southern Miss in second at 7-1.
  • With a Tigers win, Memphis would gain a two-game advantage in the league's regular-season title race. A Southern Miss victory would pull the Golden Eagles even with the Tigers. However, Southern Miss would own the tiebreaker.

DIDN'T WE DO THIS LAST YEAR?

  • If fans from both sides remember, Memphis and Southern Miss played for Conference USA's "mid-way" first place around this same time a year ago.
  • The game was played Feb. 1, 2012, in Hattiesburg, and both teams entered the contest with identical 6-1 C-USA marks.
  • The Golden Eagles won the hard-fought encounter 75-72 to take the C-USA "mid-way" first-place lead. However, the Tigers made up ground the final month of the season to take the league's regular-season crown.

TIGERS DON'T LIKE THE "GREEN"

  • As in playing at Reed Green Coliseum because, in its last 23 trips to Hattiesburg (since 1987-88), Memphis has been fortunate to come close to splitting those games (11-12 record; .478 winning percentage).
  • Of those 11 wins, six were by single digits, and the average margin of victory in those six Tigers' single-digit victories was 5.8 points.
  • To take it further, Southern Miss is the site of the most Tigers' C-USA road losses since 2000-01 (four setbacks).

"BLACK `N BLUE" CLOSE CALLS

  • Many call the Memphis-Southern Miss football rivalry the "Black `n Blue" series.
  • With the recent battles on the court, that monicker can also be applied to the basketball series between the two rivals.
  • In their last seven encounters, all have been decided by seven or fewer points.
  • The average margin of victory in those seven games was 3.4 points (Tigers 6-1 record).
Year Site Result
2011-12 Hattiesburg 75-72, USM
Memphis 60-58, UofM
2010-11 El Paso* 66-63, UofM
Memphis 67-61, UofM
Hattiesburg 76-75, UofM
2009-10 Memphis 76-69, UofM
Hattiesburg 59-57, UofM
Margin of Victory 3.4 Points
*C-USA Tournament

PASTNER VERSUS C-USA COACHING NEWBIES

  • It's hard to believe that anyone is any "newer" to Conference USA than Memphis head coach Josh Pastner, but the fact is Pastner is the third-longest tenured coach in the league.
  • This season, Pastner meets four C-USA coaching newbies in SMU's Larry Brown, Southern Miss' Donnie Tyndall, Tulsa's Danny Manning and UAB's Jarod Haase.
  • So far, Pastner is 3-0 against the 2012-13 C-USA coaching newbies with victories over UAB 69-53, Tulsa 94-64 and SMU 60-52.
  • There were no first-year head coaches at C-USA schools in 2011-12.
  • In 2010-11, Pastner faced five first-year C-USA head coaches -- East Carolina's Jeff Lebo (2-1), Marshall's Tom Herrion (1-1), Houston's James Dickey (1-0), Tulane's Ed Conroy (1-0) and UTEP's Tim Floyd (1-1) -- and posted a 6-3 record in those match-ups.
  • Overall, Pastner has a 9-3 record (.750 winning percentage) against C-USA coaching newbies.

TIGERS, GOLDEN EAGLES TO ADD TO LONGEST SERIES SATURDAY

  • Saturday's Memphis-Southern Miss game is the 89th meeting between the two longtime rivals, which is the longest series in Tigers hoops history.
  • In the 2010-11 campaign, the Memphis-Southern Miss series became the longest in Tigers history when the two programs met for the 86th time in the 2011 Conference USA Tournament.
  • Memphis' second-longest series is with Louisville, which stands at 87 games.

PROTECT THE BALL!

  • Saturday's outcome may come down to which team protects the ball better, as both Memphis and Southern Miss are among C-USA's top-three teams in forcing turnovers.
  • The Golden Eagles lead C-USA in forcing turnovers at 19.0 miscues per contest, while Memphis is third at 16.0.

STREAKING TIGERS

  • Memphis brings a 13-game win streak into Saturday's Conference USA encounter versus Southern Miss.
  • The 13-game win streak is the eighth-longest in school history.
  • The following lists the longest win streaks in Tigers basketball history:
Streak Year Ended By
27^ 2008-09 vs. Missouri, 102-91*
26 2007-08 Tennessee, 66-62
25 2006-07 vs. Ohio State, 92-76*
20 1985-86 at Va. Tech, 76-72
16 1954-55 at Centenary, 70-68
15 2005-06 at UAB, 80-74
14 1972-73 at Louisville, 83-69
13 2012-13 --------
12 2007-08 vs. Kansas, 75-68 (ot)*
12 2002-03 at Louisville, 78-75
12 1983-84 Louisville, 85-78
11 3 teams 2003-04, 1983-83, 1975-76
*streak ended in NCAA Tournament
^Pastner was an assistant coach on Tigers staff

"CLOSE-CALL" PASTNER

  • In 2012-13, Memphis has a 6-2 record in single-digit games and a 3-0 mark in games decided by five or fewer points.
  • Last season, Memphis was 6-7 in single-digit outcome games and 4-5 in games decided by five or fewer points.
  • Overall, Josh Pastner'steams have a 35-19 record (.648 winning percentage) in games decided by single digits.
Pastner's Close Calls Record
5 Pts or Fewer Single Digits
2012-13 3-0 6-2
2011-12 4-5 6-7
2010-11 13-2 16-3
2009-10 4-4 7-7
Total 24-11 35-19
Pct. .686 .648

FEBRUARY 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 78-23 record (.772 winning percentage) in February.
  • Last year, the Tigers posted a 7-2 record in February. One of those two February losses was a 75-72 setback to Southern Miss on Feb. 1, 2012.
  • Memphis has won 49 of its last 57 games (.860 winning percentage) in the month of February.

TIGERS ON THE ROAD IN C-USA SINCE 2005-06

  • Everyone knows how tough the Tigers are at home in Conference USA play since the league realigned in 2005-06.
  • Memphis is 71-3 (.959 winning percentage) in C-USA games at FedExForum since 2005-06, and the record includes both regular season and tournament games.
  • Well, the Tigers aren't too bad in their C-USA road games over that same period of time.
  • Memphis has a 50-10 C-USA road record (.833 winning percentage; includes regular season and tournament games) since 2005-06.
  • Of the 10 league road losses since 2005-06, four were single-digit setbacks.
  • To take it further, the Tigers' 50 C-USA road wins since 2005-06 are more than 10 of the 11 other league schools' home wins in C-USA play, and the following shows that:
Since 2005-06 (C-USA Games Only)
Road Wins Home Wins
Memphis - 50 UTEP - 51
Tulsa - 46
Houston - 42
Southern Miss - 41
UAB - 41
UCF - 41
Marshall - 39
Tulane - 27
SMU - 24
East Carolina - 22
Rice - 15

MORE ON TIGERS' ROAD SUCCESS

  • Memphis enters Saturday's game at Southern Miss with the nation's longest road win streak at nine straight.
  • In fact, the Tigers' last road loss came at Southern Miss on Feb. 1, 2012 (75-72 USM win).
  • Memphis is 5-0 in road games in 2012-13 and is college basketball's lone unbeaten team in road games to date this season.
  • However, this is not the first time that the Tigers were the nation's last team to remain undefeated in road games. In 2005-06, Memphis was college basketball's last unbeaten road team, going 10-0 until an early March loss at UAB.

LOOKING FOR THAT CENTURY DUNK

  • He's wowed Tigers fans with his high-flying acrobatics during his career.
  • His dunks have been in ESPN's SportsCenter Top-10 four times in 2012-13.
  • And he was Intersport's Dunks of the Year winner in 2011-12.
  • And senior D.J. Stephens is approaching another milestone for dunks. The 6-foot-5 forward currently has 96 career slams and needs four more to reach 100.
  • The following is a year-by-year breakdown of Stephens' dunks:
Senior 38
Junior 19
Sophomore 27
Freshman 12

 

 

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