Memphis Basketball Notes Vs. SMU
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March 7, 2014

  #20/20 Memphis (22-8, 11-6) at #18/18 SMU (23-7, 12-5)
  Saturday, March 8 - 11 a.m. CT | FedExForum/Memphis, Tenn.
     
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The Last Meeting
Memphis72
SMU87
February 1, 2014
Dallas, Texas
Mustangs Run Away from No. 22 Memphis in Second Half
A slow start to the second half proved costly for the No. 22 University of Memphis men's basketball team (16-5, 6-3 American) as SMU (17-5, 6-3 American) broke an even halftime score to record an 87-72 win Saturday afternoon at Moody Coliseum.


NOTE:Tigers fans are encouraged to arrive early for Saturday's game versus SMU, as "Senior Day" ceremonies are scheduled to begin around 10:35 a.m. (CT). Tip time for the game is 11:02 a.m. (CT).

SETTING THE SCENE
• Memphis (22-8, 11-6 The American) closes out the 2013-14 regular season Mar. 8 at home against SMU (23-7, 12-5 The American).
• ESPN2 is televising Saturday's 11 a.m. (CT) American Athletic Conference showdown from FedExForum. The Memphis-SMU game can be viewed via the web at ESPN3.com/WatchESPN.com.
• The Tigers enter Saturday's contest having won three of their last five games. In that stretch, Memphis posted wins over Rutgers, Temple and No. 7/4 Louisville and dropped road decision at Houston and Cincinnati.
• The Tigers remained in the Associated Press (AP) poll released Mar. 3 in the No. 20 spot. Memphis has appeared in all 18 AP polls this season. For a fourth-straight week, Memphis also remained in the USA Today coaches poll at No. 20. SMU is ranked No. 18 in both the AP and coaches' polls.
• Memphis enters Saturday's encounter having won six of its last 10 games. All four Tigers' losses in the last 10 contests were road games at SMU, Connecticut, Houston and Cincinnati.
• The Tigers are 14-2 in overall home games and 6-2 in American Athletic Conference play at FedExForum in 2013-14.
• Memphis returns three starters, but only five letterwinners from last year's squad.
• SMU is 6-5 in true road games and 8-6 in contests played away from Moody Coliseum (road/neutral) this season.
• SMU returns five starters and six letterwinners from last season's squad.

WHAT THE MUSTANGS DID A YEAR AGO
• SMU posted a 15-17 overall record and a 5-11 Conference USA mark in 2012-13.
• The Mustangs finished 11th in the Conference USA regular-season standings.
• SMU lost to UAB 53-52 in the C-USA Tournament opening round.

SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS
• SMU enters Saturday's American Athletic Conference clash with a 23-7 overall record and a 12-5 league mark.
• The Mustangs have won seven of their last nine, with the losses coming at Temple Feb. 16 and at home to Louisville Mar. 5.
• SMU is 6-5 in true road games and 8-6 in contests played away from Moody Coliseum (road/neutral) this season.
• Of their six losses away from Moody Coliseum, five were by single digits. The only double-digit road loss was at Arkansas 89-78 Nov. 18.
• The Mustangs were picked to finish sixth in the 2013-14 American Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll.
• Keith Frazier was named the 2013-14 preseason American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.
• Nic Moore (13.8 ppg) and Markus Kennedy (12.0 ppg) are SMU's only double-figure scorers.
• Kennedy leads the Mustangs on the glass with a 7.0 rebounding average (fifth in The American).
• Moore is the squad's top playmaker with 139 total assists (4.6 apg; fourth in The American).
• Kennedy is tops on the team with 44 steals (1.5 spg; 11th in The American).
• Moore is SMU's top three-point threat, hitting 45.5 percent from the arc (second in The American).
• Sterling Brown (46.7 percent) and Keith Frazier (35.6 percent) also shoot over 35 percent from the three-point line.
• The Mustangs are shooting 49.3 percent from the field, 37.1 percent from the arc and 68.3 percent from the free throw line.
• SMU is out-rebounding its opponents by a margin of +5.2 boards per game (36.5-31.3; first in The American).
• Larry Brown is in his second season at SMU. He has a 38-24 record at the school.

TIGERS TO CELEBRATE "SENIOR DAY" SATURDAY
• Prior to Saturday's game versus SMU (approximately 10:35 a.m. CT), Memphis will honor its six seniors and one graduate student -- Chris Crawford, Michael Dixon Jr., Trey Draper, Joe Jackson, Geron Johnson, David Pellom and Hippolyte Tsafack -- in "Senior Day" ceremonies.
• Five of the seven honorees -- Crawford, Draper, Jackson, Pellom and Tsafack -- have already earned their bachelor's degrees. Dixon Jr. and Johnson are on schedule to graduate in May.

TIGERS' RECENT "SENIOR dAY" SUCCESS
• Since the 1994-95 season, the Tigers have been quite successful in "Senior Day" games. Memphis has a 17-2 record (.895 winning percentage) in its last 19 "Senior Day" contests, including winning the last eight (2006-13).
• The lone two "Senior Day" setbacks in the previous 19 seasons both were to Cincinnati in the 1998-99 and 2004-05 campaigns.
• Last year, the Tigers defeated UAB 86-71 on "Senior Day" Mar. 9, 2013.
• Memphis has not played the Mustangs for its "Senior Day" game.
• However, the Tigers did play SMU on its 2007 "Senior Night" game in Dallas. Memphis pulled out a narrow 64-61 win over the Mustangs to complete a perfect 16-0 C-USA season.

"SENIOR DAY" WEEKENDS AT FEDEXFORUM
• Playing a weekend "Senior Day" game at FedExForum has become the norm for Memphis.
• For the ninth time in the 10 seasons FedExForum has been open (2005-14), the Tigers are playing their "Senior Day/Night" game on the weekend.
• Memphis has a 7-1 record (.875 winning percentage) in its previous eight "Senior Day/Night" games played on weekends at FedExForum.
• The lone weekend "Senior Day/Night" loss was a narrow 62-60 setback to Cincinnati in Memphis' first season playing in FedExForum (2004-05).
• Last season, the Tigers defeated UAB 86-71 in their weekend "Senior Day/Night" game (Mar. 9, 2013).
• The only season Memphis did not play a weekend "Senior Day/Night" contest was in 2011-12. That season, the Tigers played their "Senior Day/Night" game during the midweek (Tuesday, Feb. 28).

MORE TIGERS' "SENIOR DAY" SUCCESS
• Memphis has been rather successful in "Senior Day/Night" games -- and not just its own.
• Since 2005-06, the Tigers are 15-2 record (.882 winning percentage) when playing their own and opponents' "Senior Day/Night" games.
• Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis has an 8-2 record (.800 winning percentage) in those "Senior Day/Night" games.
• The Tigers have won six of their last seven "Senior Day/Night" games.
• The following shows Memphis' "Senior Day/Night" games success since 2005-06:

Year	Opponent	Result
2013-14 at Cincinnati 84-97, L
2012-13 UAB# 86-71, W
at UTEP 56-54, W
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

TIGERS SENIORS GET WIN NO. 100
• The Tigers' four-year seniors Chris Crawford, Trey Draper and Joe Jackson reached a milestone in Memphis' 60-54 victory over Gonzaga Feb. 8 with their 100th career win (Michael Dixon Jr. is a one-year senior and Geron Johnson is a two-year senior).
• The Tigers' current four-year senior class has a 104-32 record (.765 winning percentage).
• The following lists the top-five winningest four-year senior classes in school history:

Four-Year Class	Wins
2005-06 to 2008-09 137*
2006-07 to 2009-10 127
2004-05 to 2007-08 126
1983-84 to 1986-87 111
2002-03; 2004-05 to 2006-07 111
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2010-11 to 2013-14 104
*NCAA record

EIGHT IN A ROW
• Winning 100 games in a four-year playing career is becoming common in recent Tigers hoops history.
• With the Tigers' 60-54 victory over Gonzaga Feb. 8, this season's four-year seniors Chris Crawford, Trey Draper and Joe Jackson won their 100th game, becoming the eighth-consecutive, four-year senior class to reach the 100-win milestone. (Note: The 2010-11 team did not have a four-year senior; Will Coleman was a two-year senior)
• The following shows the eight-straight, four-year senior classes that won 100 games:

2010-11 to 2013-14	104
2009-10 to 2012-13 106
2008-09 to 2011-12 108
2006-07 to 2009-10 127
2005-06 to 2008-09 137*
2004-05 to 2007-08 126
2002-03; 2004-05 to 2006-07 111
2002-03 to 2005-06 100
*NCAA record

BATTLE OF (SCORING) WILLS
• Saturday's contest features a battle of scoring wills between Memphis and SMU.
• The Tigers enter Saturday's game with the league's second-best scoring offense at 78.8 ppg.
• On the other side, the Mustangs have the conference's second-best scoring defense at 61.9 ppg.

PLEASE SMU, NOT A THIRD TIME
• The Mustangs would like nothing better than to post a win over Memphis on its "Senior Day."
• And SMU has a history of raining on the Tigers' parade.
• Just last month (Feb. 1), the Mustangs posted an 87-72 win over Memphis in Dallas.
• That defeat halted the Tigers' 16-game conference true road-game win streak and their 19-game conference away-game win streak (included three C-USA Tournament games in Tulsa in March of 2013).
• But, SMU has been a party-pooper for Memphis prior to 2013-14.
• In 2009-10, the Mustangs ended the Tigers' 27-game conference road win streak (all in C-USA) with a 70-60 victory at Moody Coliseum Jan. 30, 2010.

BATTLE ON THE GLASS
• For the second game in a row, Memphis faces one of the top rebounding teams in the American Athletic Conference in SMU.
• The Mustangs lead the league with a +5.2 rebound margin, and Memphis is fifth at +2.7.
• But, the Tigers have held their own on the boards in league games only.
• In league games only, Memphis is second in rebound margin at +2.2. SMU is third at +1.5.

IT'S AN NCAA RING THING
• Both head coaches in Saturday's Memphis-SMU match-up have NCAA title rings.
• Memphis head coach Josh Pastner won his NCAA title as a player on the 1996-97 Arizona squad. Arizona defeated Rick Pitino's Kentucky team for the championship.
• In the 1987-88 season, SMU head coach Larry Brown guided Kansas to the NCAA title with Danny Manning leading the way.

PASTNER VS. HALL OF FAMERS
• For the eighth time in his young head coaching career, Josh Pastner is facing a Hall of Fame coach in SMU's Larry Brown.
• Pastner is 3-4 in his previous seven match-ups.
• Pastner is 1-1 against Brown. Pastner's Tigers defeated Brown's SMU squad 60-52 in 2012-13 and fell to the Mustangs 87-72 earlier this season (Feb.1).
• This season, Pastner posted two wins over Hall of Famer Rick Pitino and Louisville with the Tigers' 73-67 win Jan. 9 and 72-66 victory Mar. 1.
• Pastner is 2-2 in his encounters with Pitino.
• The first time Pastner faced a Hall of Fame head coach came in his first season in 2009-10.
• That season, Pastner's Tigers dropped a 74-57 decision to Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim and Syracuse.

BROWN NOT NEW TO FACING TIGERS
• Prior to his arrival at SMU in 2012-13, Larry Brown was a familiar face to Tigers fans.
• Before the last two encounters with the Tigers, Brown coached against Memphis three times in the 1980s and was 2-1 in those match-ups.
• Four of the five Brown-versus-Memphis encounters were single-digit outcomes, and the following shows that:

Year/Date	Site	Result
2013-14/Feb. 1 Dallas, Texas 87-72, SMU
2012-13/Feb. 6 Dallas, Texas 60-52, UM
1987-88/Dec. 28 New York, N.Y. 64-62, KU^
1985-86/Jan. 4 Memphis, Tenn. 83-80, UM*
1984-85/Feb. 9 Lawrence, Kan. 75-71, KU#
*overtime
^Kansas' 1988 NCAA title season
#Memphis' 1985 NCAA Final Four season

PASTNER VERSUS CAROLINA COACHING TREE
• Although he hasn't faced North Carolina on the court (he's tried to set up a home-and-home series with the Tar Heels), Tigers head coach Josh Pastner has faced five head coaches -- current and former -- with North Carolina ties in his tenure.
• On Saturday, Pastner faces Mustangs mentor Larry Brown, who played at North Carolina from 1960-63.
• Pastner has a 13-5 record (.722 winning percentage) in these match-ups, and the following breaks it down:

Coach/Team	UNC Tie	Pastner Record
Larry Brown/SMU Player/1960-63 1-1
Matt Doherty/SMU Player/1981-84 2-2
Coach/2000-03
Doug Wojcik/Tulsa Asst./2000-03 3-1
Jeff Lebo/ECU Player/1986-89 5-1
Jarod Haase/UAB Asst./2003-12 2-0

TIGERS LOVE THOSE DOUBLE-DIGIT WINS IN LEAGUE PLAY
• With their 82-79 overtime win over Temple Feb. 22, the Tigers won their 10th conference game of 2013-14. Memphis' league record now stands at 11-6.
• Memphis' 10th conference victory gives the Tigers double-digit wins in league play for the ninth season in a row.
• The nine-straight seasons of double-digit conference wins is the longest streak of its kind in Tigers history.
• Since 2000-01, Memphis has posted double-digit conference wins 13 of the 14 seasons. The only season the Tigers did not have double-digit wins in conference play was 2004-05 when they went 9-7 in Conference USA.
• Over the last 14 years (includes 2013-14), Memphis has averaged nearly 13 conference wins per season (12.9 wins per season, to be exact).

TIGERS SUCCESS AT FEDEXFORUM
• The Tigers have a 176-20 overall record (.898 winning percentage) at FedExForum since moving to the arena for the 2004-05 campaign.
• Since the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, Memphis has won 166 of its last 180 home games (.922 winning percentage).

BEST HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE
• Since 2004-05, Memphis has won 176 games at FedExForum, the most home wins in the country over that span of time.
• The following are the top-five programs with the most home wins since 2004-05 (credit to former Athletics Communications Assistant Bryan McEldowney for compiling this list):

Most Home Wins Since 2004-05
(as of Mar. 7, 2014)
1. Memphis 176
2. Ohio State 168
3. Syracuse 165
Louisville 165
5. Kansas 160

 

 

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