Feb. 21, 2014
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)
The Last Meeting
January 11, 2014
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.
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
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.
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):
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