Memphis Basketball Notes Vs. Temple
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Feb. 21, 2014

M. Dixon

Tigers On TV/Radio/Web
Television: ESPNU (Adam Amin, play-by-play; Brooke Weisbrod, 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

The Last Meeting
Memphis79
Temple69
January 11, 2014
Philadelphia, Pa.
No. 24/22 Memphis Holds Off Pesky Temple, 79-69
A career-high 23 points from Shaq Goodwin and 15 points off the bench from Michael Dixon Jr. helped the No. 24/22 University of Memphis men's basketball team (12-3, 3-1 American) to a 79-69 win over a pesky Temple (5-9, 0-4 American) squad Saturday afternoon.


SETTING THE SCENE
• Memphis (20-6, 9-4 The American) returns home Feb. 22 to host Temple (7-18, 2-11 The American).
• ESPNU is televising Saturday's 8:30 p.m. (CT) American Athletic Conference encounter from FedExForum. The Memphis-Temple game also can be viewed via the web at ESPN3.com/WatchESPN.
• The Tigers split their two-game road swing with an 86-81 overtime setback at No. 24 Connecticut Feb. 15 and a 64-59 win at Rutgers Feb. 20.
• Prior to the road trip, Memphis wrapped up a three-game homestand with a perfect 3-0 record. Memphis posted wins over Rutgers 101-69 Feb. 4, No. 23 Gonzaga 60-54 Feb. 8 and UCF 76-70 Feb. 12 in the homestand.
• The Tigers remained in the Associated Press (AP) poll released Feb. 17 in the No. 22 spot. Memphis has appeared in all 16 AP polls this season. For a second-straight week, Memphis also remained in the USA Today coaches poll at No. 24. Temple is not ranked.
• Memphis enters Saturday's encounter having won eight of its last 10 games. The Tigers' two setbacks in their last 10 contests were road games at SMU and Connecticut.
• The Tigers are 12-2 at FedExForum this season, with both losses coming in league play.
• Memphis returns three starters, but only five letterwinners from last year's squad.
• Temple is 2-7 in overall road games this season, including a 0-6 mark in league play.
• The Owls return only two starters and eight letterwinners from last season's team.

WHAT THE OWLS DID A YEAR AGO
• Temple posted a 24-10 overall record and an 11-5 Atlantic 10 Conference mark in 2012-13.
• The Owls tied for third place in the Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season standings.
• Temple fell to UMass in the Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinal round.
• The Owls received an NCAA Tournament bid and were the No. 9 seed in the East Regional.
• Temple defeated N.C. State in the second round, but lost to Indiana in the third round.

SCOUTING THE OWLS
• Temple brings a 7-18 overall record and a 2-11 league mark into Saturday's American Athletic Conference match-up.
• The Owls have lost five of their last six. The lone win in the last five games was a 71-64 upset victory over No. 23 SMU.
• Temple has lost four league games by single digits.
• The Owls were picked to finish fifth in the 2013-14 preseason American Athletic Conference coaches poll.
• Dalton Pepper leads four Owls averaging in double figures at 17.1 ppg. Will Cummings (15.9 ppg), Quenton DeCosey (14.9) and Anthony Lee (13.8) also average double figures.
• All four Temple double-figure scorers are ranked among the top-15 in scoring in The American.
• Lee leads the Owls and The American on the glass with an 8.8 rebounding average.
• Cummings is Temple's top playmaker with 98 assists (4.3 apg; seventh in The American). Pepper leads the Owls with 30 steals.
• Pepper (39.2 percent) and DeCosey (34.4 percent) are Temple's top three-point threats.
• The Owls are shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 34.4 percent from the arc and 70.3 percent from the free throw line.
• Opponents are out-rebounding Temple by a margin of +2.4 boards per game (35.6-38.0).

DID YOU KNOW?
• Temple was the Tigers' first opponent in the first full season of the 21st century.
• The first full season of the 21st century was the 2000-01 campaign, and the Owls were Memphis' season-opening opponent.
• Temple posted a 67-62 victory over the Tigers Nov. 17, 2000, at The Pyramid.

FEDEXFORUM NEWBIE
• Temple is the final first-time visitor to FedExForum this season.
• Memphis is 2-1 in its previous three games against FedExForum newcomers in 2013-14. The Tigers defeated Nicholls 98-59 Nov. 23 and Rutgers 101-69 Feb. 4, but lost to Connecticut 83-73 Jan. 16.
• In 2012-13, Memphis welcomed five newbies ­-- North Florida, Samford, Ohio, Oral Roberts, Loyola, Md., and Harvard -- to FedExForum and won all of those contests.
• Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis has a 23-2 record (.920 winning percentage) against FedExForum newbies (2009-present).
• In the Pastner era, the Tigers won their first 14 contests against opponents making their first trips to FedExForum. Murray State ended the streak with a narrow 76-72 win Dec. 11, 2011.

A CLOSE SERIES
• Despite not being conference foes until this season, the previous 11 Memphis-Temple match-ups have been close.
• The average margin of victory in the first 11 meetings is 5.9 points.
• In the Tigers' six wins, the average margin of victory was 6.0 points. The five Temple victories were by 5.8 points.
• Eight of the 11 games were decided by single digits, and the other three all were 10-point victories.
• The following shows how close the series has been:

Season/Date	Result	Margin
2013-14/1-11-2013 79-69, UM +10
2001-02/3-26-2002 78-77, UM +1
2001-02/12-20-2001 64-54, UM +10
2000-01/11-17-2000 67-62, TU +5
1995-96/12-28-1995 68-58, UM +10
1994-95/2-5-1995 53-51, UM +2
1992-93/2-24-1993 65-58, TU +7
1991-92/2-13-1992 65-63, TU +2
1986-87/11-29-1986 67-59, TU +8
1974-75/12-26-1974 71-68, UM +3
1952-53/1-17-1953 71-64, TU +7
UM 6-5 lead +65/5.9

NOT THE FIRST TIME
• With the American Athletic Conference playing a true round-robin schedule in 2013-14, Memphis and Temple were going to play twice.
• However, it isn't the first time the Tigers and Owls played twice in a season, despite never being conference foes prior to 2013-14.
• In 2001-02, Memphis and Temple faced each other twice -- once in the regular season and once in the postseason.
• The Tigers won the 2001-02 regular-season encounter, a 64-54 victory Dec. 20, 2001, in Philadelphia.
• The second 2001-02 meeting came in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) semifinal. Memphis also won that game, a 78-77 victory Mar. 26, 2002, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
• The Tigers went on to win the 2002 NIT championship with a title-game victory over South Carolina.

TIGERS VERSUS PHILADELPHIA SCHOOLS
• In their history, the Tigers have played all six NCAA Division I schools in the city of Philadelphia.
• Memphis has a 14-16 record (.467 winning percentage) against the six NCAA Division programs located in Philadelphia.
• The Tigers have played Drexel (1-1), La Salle (1-1), Pennsylvania (1-0), St. Joseph's (1-1), Temple (6-5) and Villanova (4-8).

TIGERS VERSUS THE BIG 5
• In its history, Memphis has played every member of the Big 5, which includes La Salle, Pennsylvania, St. Joseph's, Temple and Villanova.
• The Tigers have a 13-15 record (.464 winning percentage) against the Big 5.
• Since 2000-01, Memphis has a 4-2 record against the Big 5.
• The Big 5 was formed in 1954 to present the best basketball the city of Philadelphia had to offer.
• Since the formation, the Big 5 schools have played a round-robin schedule nearly every year.

TIGERS SUCCESS AT FEDEXFORUM
• The Tigers have a 174-20 overall record (.897 winning percentage) at FedExForum since moving to the arena for the 2004-05 campaign.
• Since the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, Memphis has won 164 of its last 178 home games (.921 winning percentage).

BEST HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE
• Since 2004-05, Memphis has won 174 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. 21, 2014)
1. Memphis 174
2. Ohio State 167
3. Syracuse 165
4. Kansas 161
5. Louisville 160

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 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* 2010-14 126
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

PASTNER AMONG NCAA FIRST-FIVE YEAR COACHES
• Yes, Josh Pastner is already the winningest head coach for the first five years in Memphis basketball history.
• But, even Tigers fans may not know that Pastner's 126 victories also place him among the winningest head coaches for the first five years in NCAA history.
• Pastner now is tied for the No. 7 spot on that list which is below:

Head Coach/Team	First 5 Years	Wins Total
Brad Stevens/Butler 2008-12 139
Everett Case/N.C. State 1947-51 137
Mark Few/Gonzaga 2000-04 133
Roy Williams/Kansas 1989-93 132
Jamie Dixon/Pittsburgh 2004-08 132
Dave Rose/BYU 2006-10 127
Josh Pastner/Memphis* 2010-14 126
Bruce Stewart/MTSU, 1983-87 126
West Va. Wesleyan#
Forddy Anderson/Drake, 1947-51 123
Bradley
Mark Fox/Nevada 2005-09 123
*Pastner's fifth season still in progress
#half of his first five seasons were at NCAA Division I

TIGERS SECURE 14TH 20-WIN SEASON
• With their victory over Rutgers Feb. 20, the Tigers posted their 14th-straight, 20-win season. Memphis's record now stands at 20-6.
• Last season, the Tigers set the record for consecutive 20-win seasons with their 13th straight. The previous record of 12-consecutive, 20-win seasons was from 1982-93.
• The 2013-14 Tigers also will attempt to add to the program's current school record of 13-straight postseason bids (9 NCAA, 4 NIT). Last season, Memphis advanced to the NCAA Tournament third round.
• Prior to this current record run of 13-straight postseason berths, Memphis had two six-year stretches in which it reached the postseason.
• The previous two six-year postseason spans were 1972-77 (2 NCAA, 4 NIT) and 1988-93 (4 NCAA, 2 NIT). The run from 1972-77 included the 1973 NCAA title game appearance. The 1988-93 postseason stretch included an NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance in 1992.
• The following shows the top-five longest streaks of 20-win seasons in Tigers history:

Consec. 20-Win Seasons	Yrs.
14 2001-14
12 1982-93
11 1954-64
8 1971-78
7 1946-52

MEMPHIS AMONG ANOTHER NCAA WINS ELITE GROUP
• Memphis is among the winningest NCAA Division I programs since 2000-01 and 2005-06, but it doesn't end there.
• With their victory over Rutgers Feb. 20, the Tigers posted a 20-win season and remained a member of another elite group at the NCAA Division I level.
• Memphis is one of eight programs that has won 20 or more games each of the last 12 seasons (including 2013-14).
• The following lists the eight NCAA Division I programs that have 20 or more wins the each of the last 12 years (2002-03 to 2013-14):

	Duke	Louisville
Florida Memphis
Gonzaga Pittsburgh
Kansas Syracuse

STILL ONLY TWO
• Last season, Josh Pastner joined John Calipari as the only two head coaches in Memphis history to have 20-win campaigns in their first four seasons.
• With the Tigers' victory over Rutgers Feb. 20, Pastner joined Calipari as the only two head coaches in Memphis history to have 20-win campaigns in their first five seasons.
• The following shows Pastner's and Calipari's record in their first five seasons at Memphis:

Head Coach/1st 5 Years	Records
Josh Pastner/2010-14 24-10, 25-10, 26-9, 31-5, 20-6
John Calipari/2001-05 21-15, 27-9, 23-7, 22-8, 22-16

 

 

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