March 9, 2012
UofM/C-USA Tourney Supplement
TIGERS TO FACE UCF IN C-USA TOURNAMENT SEMIFINAL FRIDAY
The University of Memphis squad (24-8) continues play in the 2012 Conference USA Tournament on Friday, Mar. 9 when it faces UCF (22-9) in the semifinal round. Game time for the Friday semifinal match-up is 5:30 p.m. (CT).
The Memphis-UCF C-USA Tournament semifinal encounter is slated to air on CBS College Sports (Memphis Comcast digital channel 222).
The Tigers, the tournament's No. 1 seed, advanced to the C-USA Tournament semifinal round with a 65-47 victory over UTEP in a quarterfinal game Mar. 8. The Knights, the tournament's No. 4 seed, reached Friday's semifinal with a 64-54 win over UAB in the quarterfinal round Mar. 8.
Memphis leads the all-time series 11-1, with the last nine meetings coming as Conference USA foes. The Tigers won the series' first 10 encounters, but the Knights broke Memphis' win streak earlier this season with a 68-67 victory at UCF Arena Jan. 18. Memphis won the return contest at FedExForum Feb. 28 with an 84-55 victory. The Tigers are undefeated in home games versus UCF all-time (8-0 mark).
THERE'S A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
For the first time in the Memphis-UCF series, the two squads will play in the Conference USA Tournament. The previous 12 encounters in the series were played during the regular season.
BACK-TO-BACK FOR MEMPHIS MEN, WOMEN
For the second-straight year, the Memphis men's and women's basketball teams both advanced to their respective Conference USA Tournament semifinals in the same postseason. The men's squad meets UCF in a semifinal game at 5:30 p.m. (CT) Friday, while the women's team faces Tulane in a semifinal contest at 10 a.m. (CT) earlier in the day. Both the men's and women's C-USA Tournament semifinals (all four games) will be played at FedExForum. Memphis is the only school to have both its men's and women's teams advance to their respective C-USA Tournament semifinals this year - and for the second-straight season.
Prior to last season, the last time the Memphis men's and women's squads both advanced to the C-USA Tournament semifinals in the same year was 1996. That year, the Memphis women won the C-USA Tournament title.
TIGERS FAMILIAR WITH C-USA SEMIFINAL ROUND IN THE 2000S
On Friday, Memphis will play in its ninth Conference USA Tournament semifinal in the last 12 seasons (since 2001) and its seventh semifinal appearance in the last eight years (since 2005). In its overall C-USA Tournament history, Memphis has made 10 semifinal appearances (including Friday's game). In their previous nine C-USA Tournament semifinal games, the Tigers have a 6-3 record (.667 winning percentage). Memphis has won its last six C-USA Tournament semifinal contests from 2005-09 and 2011.
BLUFF CITY C-USA TOURNEY WIN STREAK REACHES 13
With its 65-47 win over UTEP Mar. 8, Memphis extended its win streak to 13 straight in C-USA Tournament games played in the Bluff City. The Tigers went 12-0 in C-USA Tournaments held in Memphis from 2006-09, winning four-consecutive C-USA Tournament crowns. Overall, Memphis is 18-3 (.857 winning percentage) in C-USA Tournament games played inside the Memphis city limits. As for their overall record in league postseason tournaments (C-USA, Great Midwest, Metro, Mississippi Valley) played in Memphis, the Tigers record is 29-8 (.784 winning percentage).
BEST HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE
With its 65-47 win over UTEP Mar. 8, Memphis improved its record at FedExForum to 143-17 (.894 winning percentage). The 143 wins are the most homecourt wins in the nation since 2004-05. In conference play (regular season and postseason tournament) since 2005-06, Memphis has the second-best win percentage in the nation at 95.6 (65-3 record). Gonzaga has the best conference homecourt win percentage over that span of time at 96.2 (51-2 record).
BARTON MOVES UP SOPHOMORE SCORING CHART
Despite scoring just seven points in the Tigers' win Mar. 8, Will Barton moved into fourth place on the Memphis sophomore scoring chart. The 6-foot-6 wing now has 587 points this season, moving past Keith Lee who netted 581 points his sophomore campaign in 1982-83. Up next for Barton is Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, who scored 590 points his sophomore season in 1991-92.
After many close calls under head coach Josh Pastner in his three seasons, the Tigers have enjoyed the other end of things with big double-digit victories in recent games. Since its Feb. 18 setback to UTEP, Memphis has won all five games by double digits, with the closest victory a 78-66 win at Tulsa Mar. 3. The average margin of victory in the Tigers' last five games is 20.4 points.
TIGERS BOARD BATTLIN'
For the third time this season, Memphis enters a game versus UCF with the Knights as the better rebounding team. The Tigers are a +1.3 on the glass (seventh in C-USA), while UCF is a +3.4 (fourth in C-USA). In the two regular season meetings, the Knights had rebound margins of +5.1 heading into the Jan. 18 game and +4.4 going into the Feb. 28 contest. The Tigers won the rebound battle in both contests - 32-27 on Jan. 18 and 34-28 on Feb. 28.
TIGERS/C-USA TOURNAMENT TIDBITS
With the Tigers' win over UTEP Mar. 8, Memphis head coach Josh Pastner improved his C-USA Tournament record to 4-1 ... Tarik Black tied his career rebounding high with 13 boards versus UTEP (had 13 rebounds against SMU Jan. 21) ... Black's double-double performance of 15 points and 13 rebounds was his third of the season and fourth of his career ... It was Black's second double-double performance versus UTEP (had 26 points-10 rebounds against the Miners Feb. 18) ... Joe Jackson has netted double figures in all four C-USA Tournament games in which he played, including 17 points versus UTEP Mar. 8 ... Chris Crawford tied a season high for assists (seven) for the fifth time this year versus UTEP ... In the last five games (all Memphis wins), the Tigers defense has forced an average of 17.8 miscues per game from their opponents, including 21 UTEP turnovers Mar. 8.