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 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
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).
• 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,
*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)
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.