Memphis Basketball Notes
Feb. 23, 2010
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TIGERS TO MEET CONFERENCE USA RIVAL HOUSTON ON WEDNESDAY
The Tigers jumped back into the Conference USA regular season race after consecutive road wins at Tulsa Feb. 13 (93-86) and Tulane Feb. 17 (77-64) and a home victory over SMU Feb. 20 (76-63). Memphis has won its last five C-USA games since a league loss at SMU Jan. 30. The Tigers' last five C-USA wins were over UAB, UCF, Tulsa, Tulane and SMU
After having their 64-game Conference USA win streak snapped Jan. 20 with a 72-67 loss to UTEP, the Tigers responded with back-to-back league wins over Houston 92-77 Jan. 23 and Marshall 75-72 Jan. 27. Prior to the Jan. 20 UTEP loss, Memphis opened Conference USA play with three-straight league victories over Southern Miss 59-57, East Carolina 77-57 and Rice 80-68.
Memphis entered league play with a 10-4 non-conference record. The Tigers' four non-league losses were to then-No. 1/1 Kansas 57-55 in St. Louis, UMass 73-72 in Boston, then-No. 14/14 Tennessee 66-59 at FedExForum and then-No. 7/7 Syracuse 74-57 at the Carrier Dome.
Houston dropped four of its last six entering Wednesday's contest. In that six-game stretch, the Cougars posted wins over Western Kentucky and SMU and suffered setbacks to UTEP, Southern Miss, UCF and UAB. Houston's four recent losses were all by single digits (5.3 margin of defeat).
SCOUTING THE COUGARS
The senior tandem of Aubrey Coleman (25.4 ppg) and Kelvin Lewis (15.0 ppg) paces the Cougar offense. Coleman leads Conference USA in scoring, while Lewis is eighth among the league's scoring leaders. Maurice McNeil is the team's top rebounder at 7.7 rpg, and Coleman is second at 7.4 rpg. Desmond Wade is tops on the squad with 125 assists (4.8 apg), and is third among the C-USA assists leaders.Lewis is Houston's top three-point threat, hitting nearly 40 percent from the arc (39.9 percent).
The Cougars are shooting 41.5 percent from the floor, 34.7 percent from the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. Opponents are out-rebounding Houston by an average margin of +8.3 boards per game (34.1-42.4).
TIGERS ADD TO 20-WIN HISTORY
With their 76-63 victory over SMU Feb. 20, the Tigers hit the 20-win milestone again and extended the school record to 10-straight, 20-win campaigns. Memphis' previous record of consecutive 20-win seasons was eight-straight from 1982-89. The following lists the top streaks of 20-win years in Tiger history:
Years Consec. Yrs. of 20 Wins
TIGERS POST 12TH DOUBLE-DIGIT WIN SEASON IN C-USA
In 2007-08, Memphis posted its 10th season of double-digit league wins, which set the C-USA record. Before the shift in C-USA prior to the 2005-06 campaign, the Tigers were tied for the second-most, double-digit conference win seasons with seven (at the time tied with Charlotte).
The following lists the top-five teams in C-USA history with double-digit conference win seasons:
No. of C-USA Seasons
QUICKEST TO 20 WINS
Pastner is only the seventh head coach in school history to have 20 wins in his first year as the Tigers' mentor. With Memphis' win over SMU Feb. 20, Pastner tied for the fourth-quickest to the 20-win milestone in Tiger basketball history.
The following lists the Tiger head coaches that won 20 games in their first seasons at Memphis:
Head Coach/Year Game # for Final
HOME AREA BOY VERSUS HOMETOWN SCHOOL
Pastner is a Kingwood, Texas, native, and Kingwood is a suburb of Houston. In fact, Pastner grew up around 20 miles from the University of Houston campus.
Pastner, who attended Kingwood High School, coached the Houston Hoops summer ball team during his high school and collegiate (Arizona) days.
Already in 2009-10, Pastner has a 3-0 record versus Houston area universities. The Tigers defeated Houston Baptist 93-52, Rice 80-68 and Houston 92-77.
SECOND TIME AROUND
Memphis plays Houston, SMU, Southern Miss, Tulsa and UAB twice in league action, and the Tigers went 4-1 in their first time through the home-and-home trek. The following shows the results of the year's previous games and what's on tap for Memphis:
1st Time Through 2nd Time Around
PASTNER VS. PENDERS
During his playing days for the Wildcats in the late 1990s, Pastner and his teammates battled Penders' Texas squads in back-to-back seasons in 1996-97 and 1997-98. Arizona won both games.
SCORING LEADERS COLLIDE
SCORE, SCORE AND SCORE SOME MORE
In C-USA games only, the Tigers lead the league in scoring offense at 76.4 ppg, and Houston is fourth at 70.9 ppg.
Both teams lit up the scoreboard in their earlier meeting this season at FedExForum. Memphis posted a 92-77 victory over the Cougars.
TOUGH TO TURN OVER...
The Cougars are ranked No. 1 in the nation in turnovers committed and turnover margin, while the Tigers are No. 22 in turnovers committed and No. 4 in turnover margin.
In this year's earlier meeting on Jan. 23, Memphis won the turnover battle. The Tigers forced 16 Houston turnovers, while committing only 12 miscues. The following charts both teams' turnover categories and their league rankings:
Memphis Stat Houston
...BUT BEWARE, THIEVES ON COURT WEDNESDAY
In the NCAA rankings, Houston is No. 6 and Memphis No. 18 in steals per game.
THREES A-FLYING ON WEDNESDAY
In the NCAA rankings, Memphis is No. 12 and Houston No. 40 in treys made per game.
In the C-USA individual rankings, four of the league's leaders in three-pointers made per game are featured in Wednesday's game. Houston's Kelvin Lewis leads C-USA with 3.1 treys made per game, while Doneal Mack and Roburt Sallie are tied for sixth at 1.9 three-pointers per contest. Memphis' Elliot Williams is eighth among C-USA's treys made per game leaders.
MACK PROBABLE FOR WEDNESDAY GAME VERSUS HOUSTON; SUFFERED MILD KNEE SPRAIN IN FEB. 20 GAME
TIGERS ON T"ARC"-GET
Memphis leads Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage in league play only (12 games) at 43.2 percent. In fact, the Tigers are the only team in C-USA shooting over 40 percent from the three-point line in conference games only.
The Tigers also lead C-USA in three-pointers made per game in league play only at 9.0 treys per contest. In C-USA games only, Houston is ninth in trey percentage (30.6 percent) and second in three-pointers made per game (6.0).
KEMP DISHIN' IT OUT
In the last eight games (6-2 record), the Bolivar, Tenn., native has a 4.4 assist-to-turnover ratio (31 assists-7 turnovers). Of those eight games, the 6-foot-2 guard had four contests in which he had no turnovers, including a recent three-game stretch versus UCF, Tulsa and Tulane (15 assists-0 turnovers). In that eight-game stretch, Kemp averaged 30 minutes of action.
With his seven assists in the Tigers' win over Tulane Feb. 17, the senior went over the 100-assists mark for the season, and now has 109 dimes. Kemp is closing in on 300 assists for his career and needs five more to reach that milestone.
WILLIAMS LOVES THE C-USA ROAD
Conference USA Games Only
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