Memphis Basketball Notes Vs. UCF

Feb. 11, 2014

  #20/23 Memphis (18-5, 7-3) vs UCF (9-12, 1-9)
  Wednesday, February 12 - 8 p.m. CT | FedExForum/Memphis, Tenn.
     
 #20/23 Memphis Tigers (18-5, 7-3 The American)
 
 UCF Knights (9-12, 1-9 The American)
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Tigers On TV/Radio/Web
Television: ESPNU (Jason Benetti, play-by-play; Tim Welsh, analyst)/Memphis Comcast channel 228
Radio: WREC 600 AM (Dave Woloshin, play-by-play; Matt Dillon, color analyst; Forrest Goodman, studio host)
Web: ESPN3.com/WatchESPN

SETTING THE SCENE
• Memphis (18-5, 7-3 The American) closes its three-game homestand Feb. 12 when it hosts American Athletic Conference foe UCF (9-12, 1-9 The American).
• ESPNU is televising Wednesday's 8 p.m. (CT) contest from FedExForum. The Memphis-UCF game also is available via the web at ESPN3.com/WatchESPN.
• The Tigers are looking to wrap up the three-game homestand with a perfect 3-0 record. In its previous two contests in the homestand, Memphis posted wins over Rutgers 101-69 Feb. 4 and No. 23 Gonzaga 60-54 Feb. 8.
• The Tigers remained in the Associated Press (AP) poll released Feb. 10. Memphis has appeared in all 15 AP polls this season. Memphis jumped back in the USA Today coaches poll at No. 22. UCF is not ranked.
• Memphis enters Wednesday's encounter having won eight of its last 10 games. The Tigers' two setbacks were to Connecticut 83-73 and SMU 87-72.
• The Tigers are 11-2 at FedExForum this season, including 3-2 against conference opponents.
• Memphis returns three starters, but only five letterwinners from last year's squad.
• The Knights are 1-6 in road games this season, including 0-4 in league play.
• UCF returns four starters and eight letterwinners from last season's squad.

The Last Meeting
Memphis69
UCF59
January 29, 2014
Orlando, Fla.
Senior Guards Lead Memphis to 69-59 Win at UCF
The No. 22 University of Memphis men's basketball team (16-4, 6-2 American) held UCF (9-9, 1-6 American) to just one field goal over the final six minutes of play to record a 69-59 victory Wednesday night at the CFE Arena.


WHAT THE KNIGHTS DID A YEAR AGO
• UCF posted a 20-11 overall record and a 9-7 Conference USA mark in 2012-13.
• The Knights finished seventh in the Conference USA regular-season standings.
• UCF was banned from 2012-13 postseason play due to NCAA sanctions.

SCOUTING THE KNIGHTS
• UCF enters Wednesday's league contest with a 9-12 overall record and a 1-9 league mark.
• The Knights have lost eight straight and nine of their last 10 contests coming into Wednesday's game.
• UCF is 1-6 on the road in 2013-14 and is winless away from CFE Arena in conference action (0-4 record).
• The Knights were picked to finish ninth in the 2013-14 American Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll.
• Isaiah Sykes was named to the 2013-14 preseason American Athletic Conference second team.
• Sykes leads three Knights in double figures with a 15.7 scoring average (eighth in The American).
• Calvin Newell (11.0 ppg) and Tristan Spurlock (10.4 ppg) also average double digits scoring for UCF.
• Sykes is tops on the team in rebounding at 7.0 rpg.
• Sykes leads the Knights with 76 assists (3.6 apg; 10th in The American), while Newell is tops on the team with 38 steals (1.9 spg; third in The American).
• Four Knights -- Kasey Wilson (41.8 percent), Steven Haney (39.1), Matt Williams (38.3) and Sykes (37.5) -- all shoot over 37 percent from the three-point arc.
• The Knights are shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 33.9 percent from the arc and 59.7 percent from the free throw line.
• UCF is out-rebounding its opponents by a margin of +3.4 boards per game (38.9-35.5; third in The American).
• Donnie Jones is in his fourth season at UCF. He has a 72-46 record at the school.

NICE TO SEE A FAMILIAR FOE
• Not that the Tigers don't enjoy meeting new league opponents and getting reacquainted with former conference foes from years back, but it's always good to see a familiar face.
• And, Memphis sees another familiar opponent -- for the second time this season -- Wednesday when it hosts UCF. The two programs met two weeks ago (Jan. 29) in Orlando.
• The Tigers and Knights played every season from 2005-06 through 2012-13 as members of Conference USA.
• Memphis and UCF made the conference shift in the summer of 2013, with both schools becoming charter members of the American Athletic Conference.

NOT CLOSE IN THE BLUFF
• While the two programs have played some close games in Orlando, the same can't be said about the Memphis-UCF encounters played in the Bluff City.
• In the last five match-ups played in Orlando, the average margin of victory was 5.6 points. Memphis won four of the last five meetings at UCF.
• However, when the Tigers and Knights meet at FedExForum, the outcomes have been much larger in favor of Memphis.
• In the last five meetings played in Memphis, the Tigers won all five by an average margin of victory of 20.4 points.
• The Tigers won four of the last five games played in Memphis by double digits. The lone match-up decided under 10 points was a 76-70 Memphis win in 2009-10, which was Josh Pastner's first season as head coach.
• The following breaks down the last five meetings in Memphis and Orlando:

	In Memphis	Last 5 Games	In Orlando
		        2013-14	        69-59, UM
	93-71, UM	2012-13	        76-67, UM
	83-52, UM*	2011-12	        68-67, UCF
	84-55, UM
	77-61, UM	2010-11	        63-62, UM
	76-70, UM	2009-10
		        2008-09	        73-66, UM
*2012 C-USA Tournament (Memphis)

HIDE YOUR EYES!
• If fans are coming to Wednesday's game to see good free throw shooting, they may go away disappointed.
• Wednesday's game features the two worst free throw shooting teams in the American Athletic Conference.
• Memphis is ninth in The American in free throw percentage (65.3) and UCF is 10th (59.7).

BATTLE ON THE GLASS
• Wednesday's match-up features a battle on the glass between two teams ranked in the top five in rebound margin in the league.
• The Tigers are third in the league with a +3.5 rebound margin, while UCF is fourth at +3.4.
• But, in league games only, Memphis may have an advantage on the boards.
• In league games only (10 games), Memphis is second in rebound margin at +3.5 (UConn is first at +4.4). UCF is sixth at -0.3 in rebound margin in conference games only.
• In the Jan. 29 meeting, UCF won the board battle 36-31.

21st century success VERSUS STATE OF FLORIDA SCHOOLS
• In the 21st century, Memphis has been rather successful playing NCAA Division I schools from the state of Florida.
• The Tigers have a 27-4 record (.871 winning percentage) when playing NCAA Division I programs from the Sunshine State since 2000-01.
• Memphis is 12-1 versus UCF, 0-1 versus Florida, 2-1 versus Miami, Fla., 1-0 versus North Florida and 12-1 versus USF.
• All four losses were single-digit setbacks, with three by two or fewer points.
• Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis is 13-2 (.867 winning percentage) against NCAA Division I schools from the state of Florida since 2000-01.

PASTNER FASTEST TO 125 WINS
• With the Tigers' next win, Josh Pastner would reach the 125-victory milestone the quickest of any head coach in the program's history.
• The following lists the Memphis head coaches quickest to 125 wins:

Head Coach/Years	Game # for
	                 125th Win
Dana Kirk/1980-85	173 (125-48)
John Calipari/2001-06	180 (125-55)
Larry Finch/1987-92	192 (125-67)
Zach Curlin/1924-41	269 (125-144)
Josh Pastner/2010-14	163 (124-39)

MOST WINS IN FIRST FIVE YEARS
• Of course, head coach Josh Pastner will pass on credit to the current players, former players, current assistant coaches, former head coaches and, yes, even Tiger Nation.
• But, the fact is Pastner is the winningest head coach in Tigers hoops history for the first five years.
• The following shows the head coaches' win totals for their first five seasons since 1949:

Head Coach	First 5 Years	Wins Total
Josh Pastner*	2010-14	           124
John Calipari	2001-05  	   115
Larry Finch	1987-91	           102
Dana Kirk	1980-84             99
Bob Vanatta	1957-61	            94
Wayne Yates	1975-79	            93
Eugene Lambert	1952-56	            87
*Pastner's fifth season still in progress

TIGERS SUCCESS AT FEDEXFORUM
• The Tigers have a 173-20 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 163 of its last 177 home games (.921 winning percentage).

BEST HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE
• Since 2004-05, Memphis has won 173 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. 10, 2014)
	1.	Memphis	        173
	2.	Ohio State	166
	3.	Syracuse	164
	4.	Kansas	        160
	5.	Louisville	158
		Pittsburgh	158

TIGERS SENIORS GET WIN NO. 100
• The Tigers' four-year seniors Chris Crawford, Trey Draper and Joe Jackson reached a milestone in Memphis' 60-54 victory over Gonzaga Feb. 8 (Michael Dixon Jr. is a one-year senior and Geron Johnson is a two-year senior).
• The four-year seniors hit the 100-victory plateau for their careers.
• The Tigers' current four-year senior class has a 100-29 record (.775 winning percentage).
• The following lists the top-five winningest four-year senior classes in school history:

Four-Year Class	                Wins
2005-06 to 2008-09	        137*
2006-07 to 2009-10	        127
2004-05 to 2007-08	        126
1983-84 to 1986-87	        111
2002-03; 2004-05 to 2006-07	111
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2010-11 to 2013-14	        100
*NCAA record

EIGHT IN A ROW
• Winning 100 games in a four-year playing career is becoming common in recent Tigers hoops history.
• With the Tigers' 60-54 victory over Gonzaga Feb. 8, this season's four-year seniors Chris Crawford, Trey Draper and Joe Jackson won their 100th game, becoming the eighth-consecutive, four-year senior class to reach the 100-win milestone. (Note: The 2010-11 team did not have a four-year senior; Will Coleman was a two-year senior after transferring from Miami Dade College)
• The following shows the current senior class' win total and the Tigers' previous seven-straight, four-year senior classes that won 100 games:

2010-11 to 2013-14	        100
2009-10 to 2012-13	        106
2008-09 to 2011-12	        108
2006-07 to 2009-10	        127
2005-06 to 2008-09	        137*
2004-05 to 2007-08	        126
2002-03; 2004-05 to 2006-07	111
2002-03 to 2005-06	        100
*NCAA record


 

 

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