Memphis Basketball/NCAA Tournament Second Round Notes
March 20, 2009
NO. 3/2 TIGERS TO MEET MARYLAND IN NCAA TOURNEY SECOND ROUND ON SATURDAY
CBS Sports (Memphis digital cable channel 3/WREG) is televising the Tigers-Terrapins NCAA Tournament second round game. Memphis advanced to the second round with an 81-70 win over Cal State Northridge Mar. 19. Maryland made it to the second round with an 84-71 first round victory over California.
Memphis finished the 2008-09 C-USA regular season with a perfect 16-0 league mark and then won the league's postseason tournament. It was the fourth-straight year the Tigers swept the C-USA regular season and tournament titles, and the third-consecutive year they posted an unblemished record in league regular season play.
Memphis enters its NCAA Tournament second round contest Saturday on a 26-game win streak, which is currently the longest in the nation. The win streak began on Dec. 22 with an 87-49 victory over Drexel. The streak also includes wins over Cincinnati 60-45, Northeastern 80-48, Lamar 108-75, Marshall 80-57, UCF 73-66, Tulsa (away) 55-54, UAB (home) 81-68, Rice 80-52, Tennessee 54-52, East Carolina 85-64, Houston (home) 83-68, SMU (away) 79-66, No. 18/18 Gonzaga 68-50, Tulsa (home) 63-37, Southern Miss (away) 72-47, SMU (home) 90-47, UTEP 70-63, UAB (away) 71-60, Southern Miss (home) 58-42, Houston (away) 69-60 and Tulane 74-47. The win streak continued through the postseason with victories over Tulane 51-41, Houston 74-49 and Tulsa 64-39 in the C-USA Tournament and Cal State Northridge 81-70 in the NCAA Tournament first round.
Maryland enters Saturday's NCAA Tournament second round contest having won three of its last four games. The Terrapins' three wins in that stretch came against N.C. State 74-69 and Wake Forest 75-64 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Tournament and California 84-71 in the NCAA Tournament. The loss was a narrow 67-61 setback to Duke in ACC Tournament semifinals.
SCOUTING THE TERRAPINS
Maryland has won three of its last four games entering Saturday's contest. The Terrapins' three wins in that stretch came against N.C. State 74-69 and Wake Forest 75-64 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Tournament and California 84-71 in the NCAA Tournament. The loss was a narrow 67-61 setback to Duke in ACC Tournament semifinals.
The trio of Greivis Vasquez (17.5 ppg), Landon Milbourne (11.5 ppg) and Eric Hayes (10.3 ppg) paces the Terrapin offense. Vasquez (5.5 rpg) and Milbourne (5.3 rpg) leads Maryland on the glass. Vasquez leads the team with 171 assists (5.0 apg). Dave Neal (39.1 percent) and Hayes (37.1 percent) are the squad's top threats from the arc.
Maryland is shooting 42.4 percent from the field, 33.2 percent from the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. Opponents are out-rebounding the Terrapins by an average margin of +1.5 boards per game (36.7-38.2).
AND THE WINNER GETS...
MEMPHIS VS. THE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE
The last time Memphis played an ACC foe was in the 2006 Maui Invitational semifinal. The Tigers dropped a 92-85 decision to Georgia Tech. The last time Memphis defeated an ACC opponent was the 2005 postseason NIT when the Tigers beat Virginia Tech 83-62 en route to the NIT semifinals in New York.
CAL VS. THE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE
The last time Calipari coached against an ACC foe was the 2006 Maui Invitational when his Tigers fell to Georgia Tech 92-85 in the tournament's semifinal round.
Memphis Opponent Maryland
GLAD WE'RE NOT NO. 1
Since 2002-03, the Terrapins have done quite well against No. 1 teams, posting a 3-3 mark. Maryland upset No. 1 Duke in 2002-03 and No. 1 Florida in 2003-04. Last year, the Terrapins went into Chapel Hill, N.C., and defeated No. 1 North Carolina.
A TIGER THANK YOU TO THE TERRAPINS/PART I
Around six hours later, No. 2 Memphis posted a dominating 83-47 home win over Southern Miss. Two days later (Jan. 21), the Tigers took over the top spot in both national polls for only the second time in school history.
Memphis remained in both polls' No. 1 spot for a school-record five-consecutive weeks.
A TIGER THANK YOU TO THE TERRAPINS/PART II
Willie Kemp inbounded the ball to a looping Antonio Anderson, who dribbled in from over halfcourt for the game-winning basket at the buzzer. The play preserved Memphis' C-USA win streak, which stands today at 61 straight.
In the postgame interview, Calipari explained the play and why he called it "Maryland." Calipari said he picked the play up from then-Maryland head coach Lefty Driesell in the 1984 Great Alaska Shootout and kept it in his playbook.
On Jan. 24 at Tennessee, Calipari called the play again, but Anderson pulled up for a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer and hit the trey. Memphis went on to win the game 54-52.
Driesell's son, Chuck, is on Gary Williams' coaching staff.
A FAMILIAR SCENARIO/HOPES FOR A DIFFERENT RESULT
The No. 2 seed Minutemen under Calipari defeated No. 15 seed Southwest Texas State in the Midwest Region first round, while No. 10 seed Maryland beat No. 7 Saint Louis. In a second-round battle of young, athletic post players, the Joe Smith-led Terrapins out-dueled Marcus Camby's Minutemen 95-87.
Also on that Maryland team was a forward named Keith Booth, who is a current assistant on Gary Williams' staff.
CAL'S SECOND ROUND SUCCESS IN NCAA PLAY
At Memphis, Calipari is 3-1 in second round contests, and has led the Tigers to three-straight victories in the second round. The Tigers last lost a second round contest to Oklahoma State in the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
While at UMass, Calipari was 3-2 in second round games. The two setbacks were to ACC foes Virginia (1993) and Maryland (1994).
ONE OF FOUR...AGAIN
Double-Digit NCAA Tournament Wins
MATCH-UP OF TRIPLE DOUBLES
It's likely the two will be pitted against each other, as Anderson draws the defensive assignment of the opponent's top offensive performer. In Maryland's case (according to his team-leading 17.5 ppg), that player is Vasquez.
THE LAST TIME THAT...
In the NCAA Tournament first round contest against Cal State Northridge Mar. 19, the Memphis defense looked a little human after playing at a super-hero level the past month. The Matadors scored 70 points and shot 44.4 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from the three-point line despite the loss.
The last time a Tiger foe hit the 70-point plateau was Jan. 3 when Lamar scored 75 in a 108-75 setback to Memphis at FedExForum. The last time an opponent shot better from the field and arc against the Memphis defense was on Feb. 4. SMU hit 45.6 percent from the floor and 52.9 percent from the arc in the Tigers' 79-66 win in Dallas.
SALLIE FOR THREEEEEE!
The Sacramento, Calif., native hit a school-record 10 three-pointers en route to a career-high 35 points. The 10 treys were also a Memphis NCAA Tournament record, and were one shy of tying the overall NCAA Tournament record.
Sallie is hitting 45.4 percent from the arc in 2008-09, which is currently the school single-season percentage record.
SALLIE SETS TIGER NCAA SCORING MARK
Sallie's 35 points narrowly broke the previous mark of 34 points by Larry Kenon in the 1973 NCAA Tournament. Kenon scored his 34 points in a first-game 90-76 win (regional semifinal) over South Carolina.
Top-Five NCAA Division I Win Streaks
MORE STREAKS FOR TIGERS
Streak Year Ended By
For more NCAA Tournament notes on the Memphis-Maryland match-up, click on the pdf link at the top of the page.