Memphis/C-USA Tournament Semifinal Notes Supplement

March 15, 2013

Tulsa (17-14, 8-8) vs #17/20 Memphis (28-4, 16-0)
BOK Center (Tulsa, Okla.)
Fri., March 15, 2013 - 5:30 pm (CT)

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TIGERS TO FACE TULSA IN C-USA TOURNAMENT SEMIFINAL FRIDAY
The University of Memphis squad (28-4) continues play in the 2013 Conference USA Tournament on Friday, Mar. 15 when it faces Tulsa (17-14) in the semifinal round. Game time for the Friday semifinal match-up is 5:30 p.m. (CT).

The Memphis-Tulsa C-USA Tournament semifinal encounter is slated to air on CBS Sports Network (Memphis Comcast digital channel 222).

The Tigers, the tournament's No. 1 seed, advanced to the C-USA Tournament semifinal round with an 81-68 victory over Tulane in a quarterfinal game Thursday. The Golden Hurricane, the tournament's No. 5 seed, reached Friday's semifinal with a 79-72 win over East Carolina in the quarterfinal round Thursday.

MEMPHIS-TULSA SERIES
Memphis leads the all-time series 22-13, with the last 15 meetings coming as Conference USA foes. The Golden Hurricane won the series' first 11 encounters from 1964-65 through 1970-71, but the Tigers have taken 22 of the last 24 games. Memphis won the 2012-13 regular-season meeting, a 94-64 victory at FedExForum Feb. 2.

The Tigers are 2-0 versus Tulsa in Conference USA Tournament play. Memphis defeated the Golden Hurricane 77-51 in the 2008 C-USA championship game and 64-39 in the 2009 C-USA Tournament title contest.

TIGERS VERSUS GOLDEN HURRICANE IN TULSA
Memphis has a 10-5 record versus the Golden Hurricane when playing in Tulsa. The Tigers have won their last 10 encounters with the Golden Hurricane, dating back to the 1971-72 campaign. The most memorable Tigers win over Tulsa in Tulsa came on Jan. 13, 2009, when Memphis pulled out a thrilling 55-54 victory. The Tigers were down 54-53 with :04.5 when Antonio Anderson took an inbounds pass near midcourt and drove all the way for a layup at the buzzer. The win kept the Tigers' C-USA win streak going at the time. An assistant coach on the Tigers' bench that game was current Memphis head coach Josh Pastner.

TIGERS FAMILIAR WITH C-USA SEMIFINAL ROUND IN THE 2000S
On Friday, Memphis will play in its 10th Conference USA Tournament semifinal in the last 13 seasons (since 2001) and its eighth semifinal appearance in the last nine years (since 2005). In its overall C-USA Tournament history, Memphis has made 11 semifinal appearances (including Friday's game). In their previous 10 C-USA Tournament semifinal games, the Tigers have a 7-3 record (.700 winning percentage). Memphis has won its last seven C-USA Tournament semifinal contests from 2005-09 and 2011-12.

The Last Meeting
Tulsa64
Memphis94
February 2, 2013
FedExForum
Tigers Run Away from Tulsa, 94-64
The University of Memphis men's basketball team (18-3, 7-0 C-USA) had little trouble in defeating Tulsa (12-10, 4-4 C-USA) with season-highs in points, three-pointers and blocks en route to a 94-64 win Saturday afternoon at FedExForum.


FOUR IN A ROW
With its 81-68 win over Tulane Mar. 14, Memphis has won four straight in Conference USA Tournament play outside the Bluff City. The Tigers won three-consecutive games to win the C-USA Tournament title in El Paso in 2011 and then won their first C-USA Tournament game here in Tulsa last night. Overall, Memphis is 6-8 (.429 winning percentage) in C-USA Tournament games played outside the Memphis city limits. As for their overall record in league postseason tournaments (C-USA, Great Midwest, Metro, Mississippi Valley) played outside Memphis, the Tigers' record is 38-24 (.613 winning percentage).

TIGERS CHANGIN' THAT VIBE
Entering Thursday's Conference USA Tournament quarterfinal game versus Tulsa, the Tigers were 0-2 in contests played at the BOK Center. Memphis dropped a 2010 C-USA Tournament quarterfinal game to Houston 66-65 and, in 2011, lost to Arizona 77-75 in an NCAA Tournament second-round contest. Now, Memphis has broken that curse with its 81-68 victory over Tulane in this year's C-USA Tournament.

BUT TULSA'S BEEN NICE TO TIGERS
Despite its latest woes at the BOK Center, Memphis has fared quite well in recent visits to Tulsa. The Tigers have a 12-2 record (.857 winning percentage) in their last 14 games played inside the Tulsa city limits.

TIGERS DISHIN' AND DIMIN'
A lot has been made recently about the Tigers sharing the ball, and the numbers back up the reason everyone is talking about the team's unselfishness. In its last 10 games (since Southern Miss Feb. 9), Memphis has assisted on 205 of its 295 made field goals for an incredible assists percentage of 69.5. During the 10-game stretch, the Tigers have had six 20-assist games.

For the season, Memphis has assisted on 548 of its 872 field goals made for an assists percentage of 62.8 percent and has dished out 20 or more assists in a game 10 times.

JACKSON MOVES UP SCORING CHART
With his 15 points in the C-USA Tournament quarterfinal win over Tulane, Joe Jacksonmoved into the No. 29 spot on the Tigers' all-time scoring chart. He now has 1,161 career points. Up next for Jackson is Vincent Askew (1984-86), who is in the No. 28 spot with 1,171 points.

JACKSON NEARING 400 DIMES
Joe Jacksondished out three assists in the Tigers' C-USA Tournament quarterfinal victory over Tulane Thursday. The three assists give him 396 dimes for his career. When he reaches 400 assists, he will become only the eighth player in the program's history to do so.

100 DIMES TIMES 3 EQUALS A FIRST FOR TIGERS
Well, the equation may not add up mathematically, but it has for the Tigers in 2012-13. For the first time in the program's history, Memphis has three players with 100 or more assists in a season. Joe Jackson (156 assists), Chris Crawford (106) and Geron Johnson(105) each have over 100 assists this year.

TIGERS/C-USA TOURNAMENT TIDBITS
With the Tigers' win over Tulane Thursday, Memphis head coach Josh Pastner improved his C-USA Tournament record to 7-1 ... Chris Crawford netted a career-high 24 points in the win over Tulane Thursday ... Crawford also hit a career-best six three-pointers ... Geron Johnson tied a career best with eight assists in Thursday's win ... Adonis Thomas dished out a career-high six assists Thursday ... With their 11 steals Thursday, the Tigers have 13 games with double-digit swipes this season.


 

 

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