Feb. 25, 2013
Memphis (24-3, 13-0) at Xavier (15-11, 8-5 A-10)
Cintas Center (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Tue., February 26, 2013 - 6 pm (CT)/7 pm (ET)
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SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis (24-3, 13-0 C-USA) opens a three-game road swing Tuesday, Feb. 26 when it travels to Cincinnati, Ohio, for a non-conference clash with Xavier (15-11, 8-5 A-10). The game, scheduled for a 6 p.m. (CT) start, is slated for an ESPN2 telecast.
The Tigers remained in the national polls for a third-straight week. Memphis moved up to the No. 19 spot in the Associated Press poll and No. 17 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.
The Tigers bounced back after their Dec. 15 setback to No. 6/6 Louisville with 18-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, Houston 81-74 Feb. 20 and Southern Miss 89-73 Feb. 23.
Prior to the Dec. 15 loss, Memphis had won four straight with victories over Northern Iowa, UT Martin, Ohio and Austin Peay.
Xavier has won three of its last five with victories over Duquesne, Fordham and Rhode Island.
The Musketeers have a 9-3 record at the Cintas Center this season, with all three setbacks by five or fewer points (Vanderbilt 66-64, ot; Wofford 56-55; VCU 75-71).
Xavier returns no starters and five letterwinners from last year's 23-13 squad that advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
WHAT'S UP NEXT
The Tigers continue their three-game road swing Saturday, Mar. 2 with a Conference USA contest against UCF. The contest, set for a 12 p.m. (CT) start, is slated for a FOX Sports Net telecast.
The Musketeers also return to league play Saturday, Mar. 2 with an Atlantic 10 Conference clash versus UMass at the Cintas Center. Game time is 1 p.m. (CT).
WHAT THE MUSKETEERS DID A YEAR AGO
Xavier posted a 23-13 overall record and a 10-6 Atlantic 10 Conference mark.
The Musketeers finished in a tie for third in the A-10 regular-season standings.
Xavier advanced to the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament championship game, where it dropped a 67-56 decision to St. Bonaventure.
The Musketeers received an NCAA Tournament at-large bid and defeated Notre Dame and Lehigh en route to the Sweet Sixteen. Xavier fell to Baylor 75-70 in the regional semifinal.
SCOUTING THE MUSKETEERS
Xavier brings a 15-11 overall record into Tuesday's non-conference encounter. The Musketeers are 8-5 in A-10 Conference play.
The Musketeers have won three of their last five contests with victories over Duquesne, Fordham and Rhode Island.
Xavier has a 9-3 home record at the Cintas Center. Included in those nine home wins are victories over Temple, La Salle and Dayton. The Musketeers' three home setbacks all were by five or fewer points (Vanderbilt 66-64, ot; Wofford 56-55; VCU 75-71).
The tandem of Semaj Christon (15.0 ppg) and Travis Taylor (11.6 ppg) paces the Musketeers offense as the team's only double-figure scorers.
Taylor leads Xavier with an 8.6 rebounding average. Justin Martin is second at 5.0 rpg.
Christon is the squad's top playmaker with 112 assists (4.5 apg). Dee Davis averages 3.5 assists (84 total) per game.
Brad Redford (43.9 percent) and Davis (38.8 percent) are Xavier's top three-point threats.
The Musketeers are shooting 46.5 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from the arc and 66.1 percent from the free throw line.
Xavier is out-rebounding its opponents by an average margin of +4.9 boards per game (34.7-29.8).
The Musketeers average 13.0 turnovers per game, but only force their opponents into 11.8 miscues per game.
MEMPHIS VS. THE ATLANTIC 10
Memphis has an all-time record of 68-67 against current members of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
The Tigers have played Charlotte (8-6), Dayton (7-12), Duquesne (0-2), Fordham (2-1), George Washington (0-1), La Salle (1-1), Massachusetts (1-2), Rhode Island (0-1), Richmond (4-0), St. Bonaventure (1-1), Saint Joseph's (1-1), Saint Louis (32-26), Temple (5-5), VCU (4-2) and Xavier (2-6).
The last time the Tigers played an Atlantic 10 foe was earlier this season. Memphis dropped a 78-65 decision to VCU at the Battle 4 Atlantis in The Bahamas.
In 2011-12, Memphis played three Atlantic 10 schools. The Tigers defeated Charlotte 67-58 and Xavier 72-68 in regular-season play and fell to Saint Louis 61-54 in the NCAA Tournament second round.
MEMPHIS, XAVIER SUCCESS SINCE `05-06
Memphis and Xavier have been two of college basketball's most successful programs the last eight years (2005-06 through 2012-13), and the following chronicles that:
236 Wins 191
83.7 Win Pct. 71.5
7 20-Win Seasons 7
4 30-Win Seasons 1
5 Conf. Reg. Season Titles 5
5 Conf. Tour. Titles 1
6 NCAA Tour. Appearances 7
COACHES MIRROR IMAGES
Memphis head coach Josh Pastnerand Xavier head coach Chris Mack have near mirror images of success in their young four-season careers, and the following shows that:
99-32 Record 88-41
75.6 Win Pct. 68.2
2 Conf. Reg. Titles 2
2 Conf. Tour. Titles 0
3 Postseason Appearances 3
2 NCAA Tour. Appearances 3
1 NIT Appearances 0
PASTNER GOING ON 100
With the Tigers' next win, head coach Josh Pastner will record the 100th victory of his career.
Pastner enters Tuesday's contest at Xavier with a 99-32 coaching record at Memphis.
When reached, Pastner will become the sixth head coach in Tigers basketball history to record 100 career wins. The other five Memphis head coaches with 100 wins are Larry Finch (220 wins), John Calipari(214), Zach Curlin (173), Dana Kirk (158) and Bob Vanatta (109).
QUICKEST TO 100 WINS
With the Tigers' next win, Josh Pastnerwill reach 100 wins for his career. The following lists the Memphis head coaches that reached the 100-victory milestone the quickest:
Head Coach/Years Game # for
Bob Vanatta/1957-62 129 (100-29)
John Calipari/2001-09 145 (100-45)
Dana Kirk/1980-86 148 (100-48)
Larry Finch/1987-97 155 (100-55)
Zach Curlin/1924-48 189 (100-89)
Josh Pastner/2010-present 131 (99-32)
A LATE NON-LEAGUE CALL
Tuesday's Memphis-Xavier match-up is the latest regular-season, non-conference game for the Tigers in nearly 20 seasons.
The last time Memphis played a regular-season, non-league game later in the season was the 1993-94 campaign. That year, the Tigers hosted Southeast Missouri at The Pyramid on Mar. 2, 1994 (109-83 Tigers win).
Two seasons earlier (1991-92), Memphis played a late-season non-conference road game at Tulane on Mar. 4, 1992 (68-67 Tigers win). That game was a result of first season of the Great Midwest Conference (GMC). Memphis moved to the GMC, while Tulane remained in the Metro Conference.
LONG TIME, NO SEE
For the first time in five seasons, Memphis is playing a game in Cincinnati.
The last time the Tigers played in the Queen City was Dec. 19, 2007 (2007-08 season). Memphis defeated Cincinnati 79-69.
The five-year drought of Memphis playing in Cincinnati is the longest since the Tigers went six seasons in the 1970s (1970-71 through 1975-76) without a visit.
From the 1976-77 season through 2007-08, Memphis played in Cincinnati at least every other year. From 1976-77 through 1995-96, the Tigers made yearly trips to the Queen City.
TIGERS NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS
Since 1999-2000, the Tigers have a non-conference record (including postseason) of 185-64 for a 74.3 winning percentage.
Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis is 50-20 versus non-conference foes (.714 winning percentage; includes postseason). In regular-season games only, the Tigers' record is 43-16 versus non-league foes under Pastner (.729 winning percentage).
In 2011-12, Memphis was 13-6 against non-conference opponents (includes postseason).
TIGERS' WINNING WAYS ON THE ROAD
Memphis brings a perfect 7-0 road record into Tuesday's game at Xavier.
The Tigers are the nation's only team with an undefeated road record.
However, this is not the first time that the Tigers were the nation's last team to remain undefeated in road games. In 2005-06, Memphis was college basketball's last unbeaten road team, going 10-0 until an early March loss at UAB.
Memphis also has the nation's current longest road win streak at 11 straight. The last time the Tigers dropped a road game was at Southern Miss on Feb. 1, 2012 (75-72 loss).
TIGERS' TOUGH "D" ON THE ROAD
Memphis has played well on the road, and it's seen in the Tigers' 7-0 road record this season.
A key to Memphis' road success is that it turns up the defensive intensity in games away from FedExForum and the following shows that:
Defensive Stat Home Road
FG Pct. Defense 40.1 38.3
3 P FG Pct. Defense 36.2 27.2
Rebound Margin +6.3 +4.5
Blocks/Game 6.5 8.0
Steals/Game 9.8 8.1
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. The Tigers now have 351 victories since 2000-01.
Duke (382 wins) and Kansas (381 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' record now is 24-3.
The Tigers are one of 43 teams in the nation with at least 20 victories.
Memphis is also one of six teams in the country to have three or fewer losses.
If the two lists are combined, the Tigers are one of six squads in the nation to have 20 or more wins and three or fewer losses (as of Feb. 25).
Memphis brings an 18-game win streak into Tuesday's non-conference clash versus Xavier.
The 18-game win streak is the fifth-longest in school history.
The 18-game win streak is currently tied for the nation's longest (Akron also has won 18 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
18 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
FEBRUARY FRIENDLY FOR TIGERS
The Tigers have enjoyed tremendous success in the month of January (93-21 record; .816 winning percentage) since 1999-2000, but February hasn't been too bad either.
Since 1999-2000, Memphis has an 83-23 record (.783 winning percentage) in February.
Last year, the Tigers posted a 7-2 record in February.
Memphis has won 54 of its last 62 games (.871 winning percentage) in the month of February.