Memphis Basketball Notes Vs. Southern Miss

Feb. 22, 2013

Southern Miss (21-6, 10-2) at Memphis (23-3, 12-0)
FedExForum (Memphis, Tenn.)
Sat., February 23, 2013 - 12 pm (CT)

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SETTING THE SCENE
• Memphis (23-3, 12-0 C-USA) closes a two-game homestand at FedExForum Saturday, Feb. 23 against Conference USA rival Southern Miss (21-6, 10-2 C-USA). The game, scheduled for a 12 p.m. (CT) start, is slated for a Fox Sports Net (FSN; SportSouth on Memphis Comcast digital channel 52) telecast.
• The Tigers remained in the national polls for a second-straight week. Memphis moved up to the No. 21 spot in the Associated Press poll and No. 19 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.
• The Tigers bounced back after their Dec. 15 setback to No. 6/6 Louisville with 17-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, SMU 60-52 Feb. 6, Southern Miss 89-76 Feb. 9, UCF 93-71 Feb. 13, Marshall 71-59 Feb. 16 and Houston 81-74 Feb. 20.
• Prior to the Dec. 15 loss, Memphis had won four straight with victories over Northern Iowa, UT Martin, Ohio and Austin Peay.
• Southern Miss has won 13 of its last 15 outings, including five road victories at Rice, SMU, Tulsa, UAB and East Carolina.
• The Golden Eagles are 9-5 on the road this year, including a 5-1 mark in C-USA action.
• 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 begin a three-game road swing Tuesday, Feb. 26 with a non-conference contest at Xavier. The contest, set for a 6 p.m. (CT) start, is slated for an ESPN2 telecast.
• The Golden Eagles are off from competition mid-week, but return to action Saturday, Mar. 2 when they welcome East Carolina to Hattiesburg, Miss. 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 a 21-6 overall record and a 10-2 league mark.
• The Golden Eagles have won 13 of their last 15 outings, including five road wins.
• Southern Miss' only two setbacks in its last 15 games were to UCF 60-58 Feb. 6 and Memphis 89-76 Feb. 9.
• Southern Miss has a 9-5 road record, including a 5-1 mark in C-USA play.
• The tandem of Dwayne Davis (13.8 ppg) and Jerrold Brooks (10.7 ppg) paces the Golden Eagles offense.
• Jonathan Mills is Southern Miss' top rebounder at 6.9 boards per game. Michael Craig is second at 5.1 rpg.
• Neil Watson is the Golden Eagles' top playmaker with 129 total assists (5.0 apg; fourth in C-USA).
• Southern Miss has five players that shoot 34 percent or better from the three-point line, and they are Watson (43.8 percent), Davis (40.4), Rashard McGill (40.5), Brooks (34.7) and Deon Edwin (36.4).
• The Golden Eagles are shooting 48.3 percent from the floor, 37.6 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 +6.6 boards per game (35.4-28.8).
• 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.

WITH A WIN SATURDAY...
• Memphis would improve its Conference USA record to 13-0 and clinch a share of the 2012-13 league regular-season title. The Tigers would also claim the C-USA Tournament No. 1 seed by virtue of their two victories over Southern Miss.
• Southern Miss would improve its C-USA record to 11-2 and pull the Golden Eagles to within one game of Memphis in the conference's regular-season title race. A Golden Eagles' victory would also keep them in the race for the C-USA Tournament top seed.
• Memphis and Southern Miss both have already secured C-USA Tournament first-round byes.

TIGERS, GOLDEN EAGLES TO ADD TO

The Last Meeting
Memphis89
Southern Miss76
February 9, 2013
Hattiesburg, Miss.
Memphis Extends Winning Streak With 89-76 Win Over Southern Miss
The University of Memphis men's basketball team (20-3, 9-0 C-USA) shot 56 percent from the field and 47 percent from behind the arc in an 89-76 win over Southern Miss (18-6, 7-2 C-USA) on Saturday afternoon.


LONGEST SERIES SATURDAY
• Saturday's Memphis-Southern Miss game is the 90th meeting between the two longtime rivals, which is the longest series in Tigers hoops history.
• Memphis leads the all-time series 65-24.
• 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.

"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 eight encounters, seven were decided by seven or fewer points.
• The average margin of victory in the last eight games was 4.6 points (Tigers 7-1 record).

Year	Site	Result
2012-13 Hattiesburg 89-76, UofM
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 4.6 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 4-0 against the 2012-13 C-USA coaching newbies with victories over UAB 69-53, Tulsa 94-64, SMU 60-52 and Southern Miss 89-76.
• 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 10-3 record (.769 winning percentage) against C-USA coaching newbies.

MIRROR IMAGES SATURDAY
• Saturday's game features two teams that have similarities in a few statistical categories, and the following shows that (C-USA rank follows stat):

	UofM/Rank	Statistic	USM/Rank
75.1/3rd Score Offense 73.0/4th
+11.1/2nd Score Margin +13.2/1st
68.2/9th FT Pct. 69.8/7th
48.0/2nd FG Pct. 48.3/1st
+5.9/2nd Rebound Margin +6.6/1st
16.7/2nd Assists 15.0/4th
9.2/2nd Steals 11.0/1st

IF THERE IS AN ADVANTAGE...
• For Memphis, it's in the blocked shots area. The Tigers lead C-USA with 6.5 blocked shots per contest. Southern Miss is 10th at 2.5 bpg.
• For the Golden Eagles, it's three-point shooting. Southern Miss leads C-USA in three-point percentage (37.6 percent) and is fifth in treys made per game (6.5). Memphis is sixth in three-point percentage (35.6) and 10th in treys made per game (5.4).

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 18.6 miscues per contest, while Memphis is third at 16.0.

TIGERS THIRD TO WIN NO. 350 IN 21ST CENTURY
• With its win over Houston Feb. 20, Memphis became the third program at the NCAA Division I level to win 350 games in the 21st century.
• Duke (381 wins) and Kansas (380 wins) are the other two programs with 350 or more victories since 2000-01.

TIGERS PART OF 20-PLUS, 3-FEWER GROUP
• With its 89-76 victory over Southern Miss Feb. 9, Memphis improved its record to 20-3.
• The Tigers are one of 34 teams in the nation with at least 20 victories.
• Memphis is also one of seven teams in the country to have three or fewer losses.
• If the two lists are combined, the Tigers are one of seven squads in the nation to have 20 or more wins and three or fewer losses (as of Feb. 22).

STREAKING TIGERS
• Memphis brings a 17-game win streak into Saturday's C-USA clash versus Southern Miss.
• The 17-game win streak is the fifth-longest in school history.
• The 17-game win streak is currently tied for the nation's longest (Akron also has won 17 straight).
• 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
17 2012-13 ----------------
16 1954-55 at Centenary 70-68
15 2005-06 at UAB 80-74
14 1972-73 at Louisville 83-69
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, 1982-83,
1975-76
*streak ended in NCAA Tournament
^Pastner was an assistant coach on Tigers staff

MEMPHIS IN CONFERENCE USA
• The Tigers have an all-time record of 211-65 (.765 winning percentage) in C-USA play.
• Memphis has posted double-digit league wins in 15 of its 18 seasons in Conference USA, including a school-record and league-record tying 16 games in 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09.
• Last season, the Tigers won the C-USA regular-season title with a 13-3 league mark.
• Memphis won its first outright C-USA regular season title in 2005-06, and followed that with outright regular season crowns in 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2011-12.
• Memphis also tied for the C-USA regular season crown in 2003-04 (12-4 record) and 1995-96 (11-3).
• Memphis also won three National Division titles in 1997-98, 2001-02 and 2002-03, and captured two league White Division championships in 1995-96 and 1996-97.

TIGERS TOUGH AT HOME IN C-USA
• Since moving to FedExForum in 2004-05, Memphis has turned its homecourt into one of toughest arenas for opponents to play, and that is seen in the Tigers' 160-18 overall record.
• But, it is even tougher for Conference USA foes since conference realignment in 2005-06.
• Memphis has an incredible 73-3 record (.961 winning percentage) at FedExForum versus C-USA opponents (regular season and conference tournament) since 2005-06.
• The following shows the nation's top-10 conference homecourt records since 2005-06 (regular season and conference tournament; credit to Bryan McEldowney for compiling this list and Travis Chell for its updates this season):

Best Homecourt Records In
Conference Play Only (Reg. Season & Tourney)
Since 2005-06
1. Gonzaga 57-2 (.966)
2. Memphis 73-3 (.961)
3. Kansas 59-4 (.937)
4. Xavier 56-5 (.918)
5. Belmont 65-7 (.903)
6. Butler 66-8 (.892)
7. BYU 57-7 (.891)
8. Utah State 54-8 (.871)
9. Wisconsin 59-9 (.868)
10. Ohio State 59-9 (.868)

TIGERS SUCCESS AT FEDEXFORUM
• The Tigers have a 160-18 overall record (.899 winning percentage) at FedExForum since moving to the arena for the 2004-05 campaign.
• Since the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, Memphis has won 150 of its last 162 home games (.926 winning percentage). • Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis is 30-3 (.909 winning percentage) against C-USA opponents.


 

 

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