March 4, 2013
#25 Memphis (25-4, 14-0) at UTEP (16-12, 9-5)
Don Haskins Center (El Paso, Texas)
Tue., March 5, 2013 - 8 pm (CT)/7 pm (MT)
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SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis (25-4, 14-0 C-USA) closes its three-game road swing Tuesday, Mar. 5 when it travels to El Paso, Texas, for a league encounter with UTEP (16-12, 9-5 C-USA). The game, scheduled for an 8:15 p.m. (CT) start, is slated for a CBS College Sports (Memphis Comcast channel 222) telecast.
The Tigers remained in the national polls for a fourth-straight week. Memphis dropped to the No. 25 spot in the Associated Press poll and No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.
Memphis bounced back after its Feb. 26 setback at Xavier with a 76-67 victory at UCF Mar. 2. The win clinched the outright Conference USA championship for the Tigers.
Prior to its win at UCF, Memphis had its 18-game winning streak snapped Feb. 26 when it dropped a narrow 64-62 decision at Xavier. The Tigers' previous loss came 72 days before on Dec. 15 to No. 6/6 Louisville.
UTEP has a 3-2 mark in its last five outings. The Miners have won two straight with victories over Houston and Rice.
The Miners are 13-2 overall and 6-1 in C-USA play at the Haskins Center this year.
WHAT'S UP NEXT
The Tigers close regular-season play Saturday, Mar. 9 with a Conference USA contest versus UAB. The "Senior Day" contest, set for an 11 a.m. (CT) start, is slated for a CBS Sports Network telecast.
The Miners take to the road for their regular-season finale Saturday, Mar. 9 with a C-USA game at SMU. Game time is 2 p.m. (CT).
WHAT THE MINERS DID A YEAR AGO
UTEP posted a 15-17 overall record and a 7-9 Conference USA mark.
The Miners finished in an eighth-place tie in the C-USA regular-season standings. UTEP earned the C-USA Tournament's No. 8 seed.
UTEP defeated Houston 67-62 in overtime in the Conference USA Tournament opening round, before falling to top-seed Memphis 65-47 in the quarterfinals.
SCOUTING THE MINERS
UTEP enters Tuesday's C-USA clash with a 16-12 overall record and a 9-5 league mark.
The Miners are 3-2 in their last five games, including two-straight victories over Houston Feb. 27 and Rice Mar. 2.
UTEP is 13-2 on its homecourt, including 6-1 in league action. The Miners' only two home losses were single-digit setbacks to UNLV 62-60 Dec. 17 and Tulsa 74-70 Feb. 9.
The trio of Julian Washburn (11.4 ppg), John Bohannon (11.1 ppg) and Konner Tucker (10.7 ppg) paces the Miners offense.
Bohannon is UTEP's top rebounder at 6.5 rpg, while Cedrick Lang (5.4 rpg) and McKenzie Moore (5.3 rpg) average over five boards.
Jacques Streeter is the team's top playmaker with 143 assists (5.1 apg). Streeter is ranked third in C-USA in assists.
Tucker (41.7 percent) and Streeter (39.3 percent) are UTEP's top three-point threats.
UTEP is shooting 44.2 percent from the floor, 34.7 percent from the three-point line and 68.2 percent from the charity stripe.
Opponents are out-rebounding the Miners by an average margin of +1.4 boards per game (33.1-31.7).
Three UTEP starters -- Julian Washburn (34.5), Streeter (34.0) and Tucker (31.1) -- average over 30 minutes played per game.
TIGERS SECURE OUTRIGHT RECORD SIXTH C-USA TITLE
With its 76-67 win over UCF Mar. 2, Memphis claimed its sixth outright Conference USA regular season championship.
The six outright regular season titles are a Conference USA record.
Overall, the Tigers have eight C-USA regular season crowns, which ties them with Cincinnati for the most league regular season titles.
The following breaks down Memphis' and Cincinnati's C-USA regular season crowns:
Memphis C-USA Titles Cincinnati
2005-06 Outright 1996-97
1995-96 Shared 1995-96
FIRST TIME SINCE...
Memphis is playing three of its final four games on the road to close out the 2012-13 campaign.
The Tigers played at Xavier Feb. 26 (64-62 loss) and at UCF Mar. 2 (76-67 wins) and also has a road game at UTEP Mar. 5. Memphis hosts UAB in its regular-season finale at FedExForum Mar. 9.
This is the first time since the 1999-2000 season that Memphis finished a schedule with three of its final four regular season contests on the road (Tigers went 4-0 in those four games).
It is also only the fourth time in the last 30 years that the Tigers finished a regular season with three of their final four games on the road.
In addition to 2012-13 and 1999-2000, Memphis also played three of its final four on the road in 1985-86 (2-2 record) and 1983-84 (2-2 record).
TIGERS ONE OF FOUR
Memphis is one of four Conference USA teams that will participate in three "Senior Day/Night" contests to close 2012-13.
The Tigers were a part of UCF's "Senior Day" Mar. 2 and will be at UTEP Mar. 5 for its "Senior Night," before returning home for their own "Senior Day" Mar. 9.
The other three C-USA teams playing in three "Senior Day/Night" games are Rice, UCF and UTEP.
MEMPHIS "SENIOR DAY" SUCCESS UNDER PASTNER
Prior to this week's "Senior Day/Night" tour, the Tigers have played six "Senior Day/Night" games -- either their own or opponents -- under head coach Josh Pastner.
After UCF's "Senior Day" game Mar. 2, Memphis has played in seven "Senior Day/Night" contests under Pastner.
Memphis has a 6-1 record (.857 winning percentage) in those "Senior Day/Night" games.
To take it further, the Tigers are 13-1 (.929 winning percentage) in "Senior Day/Night" games since Conference USA realigned prior to the 2005-06 campaign.
The following shows Memphis' "Senior Day/Night" games success since 2005-06:
Year Opponent Result
2012-13 at UCF 76-67, W
2011-12 at Tulsa 78-66, W
vs. UCF# 84-55, W
2010-11 vs. Tulane# 66-61, W
at East Carolina 57-68, L
2009-10 vs. Tulsa# 75-53, W
at UAB 70-65, W
2008-09 vs. Tulane# 74-47, W
2007-08 vs. UAB# 94-56, W
at SMU 72-55, W
2006-07 at SMU 64-61, W
at UTEP 78-67, W
vs. Houston# 77-64, W
2005-06 vs. Houston# 69-62, W
# home "Senior Day/Night" games
PASTNER HAS WIN NO. 100
With the Tigers' 76-67 win at UCF Mar. 2, head coach Josh Pastner recorded the 100th victory of his career.
Pastner's record stands at 100-33.
Pastner is the sixth head coach in Tigers basketball history to record 100 career wins. The other five Memphis head coaches are Larry Finch (220 wins), John Calipari(214), Zach Curlin (173), Dana Kirk (158) and Bob Vanatta (109).
PASTNER SECOND-QUICKEST TO 100 WINS
With the Tigers' 76-67 win over UCF Mar. 2, Josh Pastnerreached 100 wins the second-quickest of any head coach in Tigers hoops history, and the following shows that:
Head Coach/Years Game # for
Bob Vanatta/1957-62 129 (100-29)
Josh Pastner/2010-present 133 (100-33)
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)
MEMPHIS CONNECTION TO UTEP'S 1966 NCAA TITLE TEAM
In 2005-06, the Miners celebrated the 40th anniversary of the school's 1966 NCAA title, along with the release of the movie "Glory Road" that chronicled the team's season. And, Memphis has a tie to that squad.
Former Tigers head coach Moe Iba served as an assistant coach on Don Haskins' staff in that NCAA championship year.
Following that season, Iba took over the Memphis program, and his first year at the helm was the 1966-67 campaign. Iba coached four years (1967-70) and had a 37-65 overall record.
DO YOU REMEMBER?... PART 1
It only happened two years ago, and it's an event that will go down in Tigers basketball lore.
Memphis, which started four freshmen, overcame a 12-point deficit in the final six minutes (62-50) to win the 2011 Conference USA Tournament championship over UTEP 67-66.
C-USA Tournament MVP Joe Jackson hit two free throws with :07 left, and the Tigers then had to watch the Miners' last chance bounce off the rim to claim the crown.
The conference tournament title was the Tigers' first outside the city of Memphis since 1987.
DO YOU REMEMBER?... PART 2
The date was Feb. 26, 2011, which was two weeks prior to the Tigers' thrilling 67-66 win over UTEP in El Paso to claim the C-USA Tournament title.
However, this trip was not as pleasant.
The senior-laden Miners rolled to an easy 74-47 win over the freshman-dominated Tigers.
The 27-point loss was -- and still is -- the biggest in the Josh Pastnerera.
DO YOU REMEMBER?... PART 3
Well, since the significant event happened just three seasons ago, there is a great chance most of Tiger Nation remembers.
In January of 2010, UTEP posted a 72-67 victory over Memphis at FedExForum (Jan. 20, 2010).
The Miners' victory ended Memphis' Conference USA win streaks at 52-straight regular season games and 64-straight overall contests (includes postseason).
The 52-straight regular season conference wins are an NCAA Division I record, while the 64-consecutive overall league victories tied the NCAA Division I mark (tied with Kentucky).
DO YOU REMEMBER?... PART 4
On Tuesday, Tim Floyd is facing the Tigers for the fifth time as the UTEP head coach. However, Floyd coached against Memphis prior to coming to C-USA in the 2007-08 campaign.
That season, Memphis met Floyd's Southern Cal squad in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 4, 2007, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The Tigers won that encounter, a 62-58 overtime victory. At the time, Memphis was ranked No. 2 in the national polls, while the Floyd's Trojans were ranked No. 24.
PASTNER VS. FLOYD -- A PAC-10 REUNION
Tuesday's contest is only the fifth between Josh Pastner and Tim Floyd as head coaches, but the two have a history from their days in the former Pacific-10 (now Pac-12) Conference.
Pastner was an assistant on the Arizona staff from 2003-08, while Floyd was the Southern Cal head coach from 2006-09.
The Wildcats and Trojans met six times from 2006-08, and Southern Cal won four of those six games.
Tuesday's game is the second time this season Pastner is matching wits with a former Pac-10 coaching colleague. Earlier this year, Pastner faced Rice's Ben Braun (formerly at California).
MARCH IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT
The month of March is what all college basketball teams play for, so squads want to be playing their best at that time.
The Tigers have had a long history of success in March, and they hope to continue that this year.
Since 1999-2000, Memphis has an impressive 70-26 record (.729 winning percentage) when playing in March. The Tigers' record is even better in March since 2004-05, as they are 51-15 (.773 winning percentage).
The Tigers are 12-5 (.706 winning percentage) in March under Josh Pastner.
TIGERS' WINNING WAYS ON THE ROAD
Despite its loss at Xavier Feb. 26, Memphis brings an 8-1 road record into Tuesday's game at UTEP. The Tigers are 7-0 on the road in Conference USA.
Prior to the setback, the Tigers were the nation's last 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.
Prior to the Feb. 26 loss, Memphis also had the nation's longest road win streak at 11 straight.
MORE ON TIGERS' ROAD SUCCESS/ROAD WINS IN C-USA SINCE 2005-06
Everyone knows how tough the Tigers are at home in Conference USA play since the league realigned in 2005-06.
Memphis is 72-3 (.960 winning percentage) in C-USA games at FedExForum since 2005-06, and the record includes both regular season and tournament games.
Well, the Tigers aren't too bad in their C-USA road games over that same period of time.
Memphis has a 53-10 C-USA road record (.841 winning percentage; includes regular season and tournament games) since 2005-06.
Of the 10 league road losses since 2005-06, four were single-digit setbacks.
To take it further, the Tigers' 53 C-USA road wins since 2005-06 are more than 10 of the 11 other league schools' home wins in C-USA play (UTEP's 53 home wins are tied with Memphis' 53 road wins):
Since 2005-06 (C-USA Games Only)
Road Wins Home Wins
Memphis 53 UTEP 53
Southern Miss 44
East Carolina 23
TIGERS' TOUGH "D" ON THE ROAD
Memphis has played well on the road, and it's seen in the Tigers' 8-1 road record this season (7-0 road mark in C-USA play).
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 38.8
3 P FG Pct. Defense 36.2 27.7
Rebound Margin +6.3 +3.2
Blocks/Game 6.5 7.6
Steals/Game 9.8 8.1
C-USA Games Only
Defensive Stat Home Road
FG Pct. Defense 40.5 38.1
3 P FG Pct. Defense 42.1 26.4
Rebound Margin +6.8 +7.3
Blocks/Game 7.4 6.9
Steals/Game 8.1 8.0
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. The Tigers now have 352 victories since 2000-01.
Duke (383 wins) and Kansas (383 wins) are the other two programs with 350 or more victories since 2000-01.
CLUTCH HITTING HIS STRIDE
Chris Crawford, whose nickname is "Clutch," has found his range from the arc in recent games.
The 6-foot-4 junior is shooting 45 percent from the three-point line (27-of-60) since Jan. 19 versus Harvard.
In the eight games prior to Jan. 19, Crawford shot 5.0 percent from the arc (1-of-19).
HE'S IN THE (1,000-POINT) CLUB!
With his career-high 26-point performance Jan. 30 versus East Carolina, Joe Jackson joined the 1,000-point club.
After his 19 points versus UCF Mar. 2, Jackson now has 1,121 for his career.
The 6-foot-1 guard is the 48th Tiger to reach 1,000 points and is in the No. 35 spot on the all-time scoring list.
100 AND COUNTING
He's wowed Tigers fans with his high-flying acrobatics during his career.
His dunks have been in ESPN's SportsCenter Top-10 five times in 2012-13.
And he was Intersport's Dunks of the Year winner in 2011-12.
And, with his three slams Feb. 13 versus UCF, senior D.J. Stephens surpassed 100 dunks for his career. He currently has 111 career slams.