March 22, 2014
|| Memphis (24-9, 12-6) vs #3/4 Virginia (29-6, 16-2)
||Sunday, March 23 - 7:40 p.m. CT | PNC Arena | Raleigh, N.C. | NCAA Third Round
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Television: TNT (Kevin Harlan, play-by-play; Len Elmore/Reggie Miller, analysts; Rachel Nichols, sideline reporter)/Memphis Comcast channel 26
Radio: WREC 600 AM (Dave Woloshin, play-by-play; Matt Dillon, color analyst; Forrest Goodman, studio host)
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis (24-9, 12-6 The American) continues play in the 2014 NCAA Tournament Mar. 23 against Virginia (29-6, 16-2 ACC).
TNT is televising Sunday's 7:40 p.m. (CT) NCAA Tournament third-round contest from PNC Arena. The Memphis-Virginia game can be viewed via the web at www.ncaa.com/march-madness.
The Tigers enter Sunday's NCAA Tournament third-round match-up having won five of their last eight games. In that stretch, Memphis posted wins over Rutgers, Temple, No. 7/4 Louisville, No. 18/18 SMU and George Washington (NCAA Tournament second round) and dropped decisions to Houston, No. 15/15 Cincinnati and No. 21/21 Connecticut.
The Tigers dropped to the Also Receiving Votes category (No. 26/26) of both national polls that were released Mar. 17. It is the first time in 2013-14 that Memphis was unranked in the Associated Press (AP) poll. Memphis had appeared in all 19 previous AP polls. Virginia is ranked No. 3 in the AP poll and No. 4 in the coaches poll.
The Tigers are 4-1 in neutral games and 9-6 in contests played away from FedExForum (road/neutral) this season.
Virginia is 6-0 in neutral games and 13-4 in encounters played away from John Paul Jones Arena (road/neutral).
The Cavaliers return three starters and 11 letterwinners from their 2012-13 squad.
WHAT THE CAVALIERS DID A YEAR AGO
Virginia posted a 23-12 overall record and an 11-7 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) mark in 2012-13.
The Cavaliers tied for fourth in the ACC regular-season standings last season.
Virginia earned an NIT bid and advanced to the quarterfinal round.
SCOUTING THE Cavaliers
Virginia enters Sunday's NCAA Tournament third-round contest with a 29-6 overall record.
The Cavaliers won the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular-season title with a 16-2 record.
Virginia also won the ACC Tournament crown.
The Cavaliers enter play Sunday having won four straight and 17 of their last 18. The lone loss in that stretch was a 75-69 overtime setback at Maryland.
Tony Bennett was selected the 2013-14 ACC Coach of the Year.
Malcolm Brogdon and Joe Harris both earned postseason All-ACC honors. Brogdon was named to the ACSMA All-ACC second team and the coaches All-ACC first team, while Harris was a coaches second-team pick.
Justin Anderson was named the ACSMA ACC Sixth Man of the Year.
Brogdon (12.7 ppg) and Harris (11.7 ppg) are the Cavaliers only two double-figure scorers.
Akil Mitchell leads Virginia on the glass at 7.1 rpg (eighth in ACC). Brogdon's is the squad's second-leading rebounder at 5.5 rpg.
London Perrantes is the team's top playmaker with 134 total assists (3.8 apg; 10th in ACC), while Brogdon leads Virginia with 41 steals.
Three Cavaliers -- Perrantes (43.8 percent), Harris (40.5) and Brogdon (36.5) -- all shoot 36 or better from the arc.
Virginia is shooting 45.4 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from the arc (third in ACC) and 66.8 percent from the free throw line.
The Cavaliers are out-rebounding their opponents by a whopping margin of +6.0 boards per game (35.3-29.3; second in ACC).
Bennett is in his fifth season as head coach at Virginia. He has a 105-59 record in Charlottesville, Va.
MEMPHIS VERSUS THE ACC
Memphis has a 68-54 all-time record against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
The Tigers have played Boston College (1-1), Duke (0-1), Florida State (31-22), Georgia Tech (3-4), Maryland (3-1), Miami, Fla. (8-5), N.C. State (1-3), Pittsburgh (1-1), Syracuse (1-3), Virginia Tech (18-12) and Wake Forest (1-1).
After Sunday's encounter with Virginia, the only two ACC school the Tigers have not yet played will be Clemson and North Carolina.
Most of the meetings with Florida State and Virginia Tech came when they were Metro Conference members with Memphis.
The last time the Tigers played an Atlantic Coast Conference foe was in 2011-12. Memphis posted a 71-54 victory over Miami, Fla., in Miami.
The last time Memphis played an ACC program in the postseason was in 2009. The Tigers defeated Maryland 89-70 in the NCAA Tournament second round in Kansas City, Mo.
MEMPHIS VERSUS NCAA DIVISION I SCHOOLS FROM VIRGINIA
The Tigers have played eight of the 14 NCAA Division I basketball programs located in the state of Virginia.
Memphis has a 31-14 overall record (.689 winning percentage) against NCAA Division I basketball programs from Virginia.
The Tigers have played George Mason (1-0), James Madison (1-0), Old Dominion (1-0), Richmond (4-0), VCU (4-2), VMI (1-0), Virginia Tech (18-12) and William & Mary (1-0).
Since 2000-01, Memphis is 4-1 versus NCAA Division I basketball programs from the state of Virginia, including a 1-0 mark in the postseason (defeated Virginia Tech in the 2005 NIT).
The last time the Tigers played an NCAA Division I program from Virginia was near the start of the 2012-13 season. Memphis fell to VCU 78-65 at the Battle 4 Atlantis (opening game) in The Bahamas.
The Virginia Cavaliers program opened its new homecourt -- the John Paul Jones Arena -- for the 2006-07 season.
And, the Wahoos can give a big thank you for that arena to alum Paul Tudor Jones, who is also a native Memphian.
Jones, who gave Virginia a $35 million donation for the construction of the arena, was born in Memphis Sept. 28, 1954.
Jones attended Presbyterian Day School (elementary school) and Memphis University School (high school), before enrolling at Virginia in the early 1970s. He graduated from Virginia in 1976.
PASTNER MAKES JONES ARENA HISTORY
And it's history Memphis head coach Josh Pastner may want to forget.
Pastner was an assistant coach on the Arizona staff in November of 2006 when the Wildcats played Virginia in the first game in the John Paul Jones Arena (Nov. 12, 2006).
Early on in that game, it looked as if Arizona was going to put a damper on the Cavaliers' grand opening of their new homecourt.
However, Virginia rallied from a 19-point, first-half deficit to defeat the No. 10 nationally-ranked Wildcats 93-90.
PASTNER VERSUS BENNETT
While Sunday's game is the first between the two as head coaches, Josh Pastner and Tony Bennett were on opposing benches another time in NCAA Tournament play.
That NCAA Tournament encounter came in 2000 when Pastner was still a player for Arizona and Bennett serving on his father's staff at Wisconsin.
The Wildcats were the West Region's No. 1 seed, while the Badgers were the No. 8 seed.
Wisconsin pulled the upset that day, defeating Arizona 66-59 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.
That Badgers squad advanced to the NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis.
A freshman on that 1999-2000 Wisconsin team was Julian Swartz, who now is the assistant director of basketball operations on Pastner's staff.
TIGERS VERSUS FIRST TIME FOES
Memphis and Virginia play Sunday for the first time on the hardwood.
Virginia is the only the second first-time opponent for Memphis in 2013-14.
The last time the Tigers faced a first-time foe was earlier this season. Memphis posted a 101-69 win over Rutgers Feb. 4.
The Tigers have a 157-70 all-time record (.692 winning percentage) when facing first-time foes.
Since 2000-01, the Tigers are 30-2 (.938 winning percentage) against first-time opponents.
The only two setbacks against first-time opponents since 2000-01 were to Stanford (2000 Puerto Rico Shootout) and Duke (2005 Preseason NIT).
Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis is 9-0 against first-time foes.
HIDE YOUR EYES!
If fans are expecting solid free throw shooting in Sunday's NCAA Tournament third-round game, they may be disappointed.
Sunday's contest features the two teams that are near the bottom of their respective leagues in free throw percentage.
Memphis is ninth (of 10 teams) in The American in free throw percentage at 65 percent.
On the other side, Virginia is 11th (of 15 teams) in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 66.8 percent clip from the charity stripe.
BATTLE OF SCORING WILLS
Sunday's NCAA Tournament third-round game may come down to which team imposes its scoring will on the other.
Memphis has The American's second-best scoring offense, netting 77.4 points per game.
The Tigers' scoring offense is ranked No. 33 in the nation.
However, the Tigers face quite possibly their stiffest test this season in Virginia. The Cavaliers hold their opponents to only 55.4 points per game.
Virginia's scoring defense (55.4 ppg) is first in both the Atlantic Coast Conference and the nation.
FIELD GOAL SHOOTING BATTLE SUNDAY
One reason the Tigers are one of the nation's top scoring offenses is they shoot the ball well.
Memphis shoots 47.9 percent from the floor, which is second in The American and 21st in the nation.
And there's a reason Virginia is the nation's top scoring defense, and it's the Cavaliers hold their opponents to a 38.6 shooting percentage from the field.
Virginia's 38.6 field goal percentage defense is first in the Atlantic Coast Conference and eighth in the nation.
MEMPHIS VERSUS NCAA FIELD
This season, the Tigers played six opponents that earned NCAA Tournament berths.
Memphis' 2013-14 opponents that made the NCAA Tournament were Cincinnati, Connecticut, Florida, Gonzaga, Louisville and Oklahoma State.
The Tigers went 4-7 against NCAA Tournament teams on their schedule in 2013-14.
After the first two rounds, Memphis' regular-season opponents have a 4-2 record in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
LOOK EAST, TIGERS
For the only the third time in its history, Memphis is playing in the NCAA Tournament East Region.
The Tigers also were placed in the NCAA East Region in 1982 and 2004.
The following shows what the Tigers have done in their visits to the NCAA Tournament East Region:
Year Opponent/Round Result
2014 Virginia/Third ------
George Washington/Second 71-66, W
2004 Oklahoma State/Second 53-70, L
South Carolina/First 59-43, W
1982 Villanova/Regional Semis 66-70, L*
Wake Forest/Second Round 56-55, W
TIGERS AMONG NCAA ELITE GROUP
Memphis is among the winningest NCAA Division I programs since 2000-01 and 2005-06, but it doesn't end there.
With their victory over Rutgers Feb. 20, the Tigers posted a 20-win season and remained a member of another elite group at the NCAA Division I level.
Memphis is one of eight programs that has won 20 or more games each of the last 12 seasons (including 2013-14).
Seven of those eight programs advanced to the NCAA Tournament third round (noted by * below).
The following lists the eight NCAA Division I programs that have 20 or more wins the each of the last 12 years (2002-03 to 2013-14):
MOST WINS IN FIRST FIVE YEARS
Of course, head coach Josh Pastner will pass on credit to the current players, former players, current assistant coaches, former head coaches and, yes, even Tiger Nation.
But, the fact is Pastner is the winningest head coach in Tigers history for the first five years.
The following shows the head coaches' win totals for their first five seasons since 1949:
Head Coach First 5 Years Wins Total
Josh Pastner* 2010-14 130
John Calipari 2001-05 115
Larry Finch 1987-91 102
Dana Kirk 1980-84 99
Bob Vanatta 1957-61 94
Wayne Yates 1975-79 93
Eugene Lambert 1952-56 87
*Pastner's fifth season still in progress
PASTNER AMONG NCAA FIRST-FIVE YEAR WINNINGEST COACHES
Yes, Josh Pastner is already the winningest head coach for the first five years in Memphis basketball history.
But, even Tigers fans may not know that Pastner's 130 victories also place him among the winningest head coaches for the first five years in NCAA history.
Pastner now holds the No. 6 spot on that list which is below:
Head Coach/Team First 5 Years Wins Total
Brad Stevens/Butler 2008-12 139
Everett Case/N.C. State 1947-51 137
Mark Few/Gonzaga 2000-04 133
Roy Williams/Kansas 1989-93 132
Jamie Dixon/Pittsburgh 2004-08 132
Josh Pastner/Memphis* 2010-14 130
Dave Rose/BYU 2006-10 127
Bruce Stewart/MTSU, 1983-87 126
West Va. Wesleyan#
Forddy Anderson/Drake, 1947-51 123
Mark Fox/Nevada 2005-09 123
*Pastner's fifth season still in progress
#half of his first five seasons were at NCAA Division I
100 DIMES TIMES 3 FOR A SECOND TIME
For a second-straight season, Memphis has three players with 100 or more assists.
Joe Jackson (151 assists), Geron Johnson (118) and Chris Crawford (100) each have 100 or more assists in 2013-14.
When the same trio dished out over 100 assists in last season, it was the first time in school history that had occurred.
CRAWFORD IN TOP THREE FOR THREES
With his three treys Friday in the NCAA Tournament second-round win over George Washington, Chris Crawford moved into the top-three on the Tigers' all-time three-pointers made chart.
The 6-foot-4 guard now has 241 career treys made, which places him in the No. 3 spot.
The Memphis, Tenn., native needs only one more three-pointer to tie for second.
The following shows the top-five three-point shooters in Memphis history (treys made):
Player/Years 3P FG Made
Rodney Carney/2002-06 287
Anthony Rice/2001-05 242
Chris Crawford/2010-present 241
Doneal Mack/2006-10 239
Jeremy Hunt/2002-07 167
Memphis enters Sunday's NCAA Tournament third-round match-up against Virginia with a 10-3 record in single-digit outcome games in 2013-14.
On the other side, the Cavaliers are 7-4 in single-digit outcome games this season.
Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis has been successful in single-digit outcome games.
Overall, Pastner's teams have a 49-23 record (.681 winning percentage) in games decided by single digits. His squads are 30-14 (.682 winning percentage) in games decided by five or fewer points.
The following charts Memphis' success in "close-call" games in the Pastner era:
Year 5 or Fewer Single-Digits
2013-14 4-2 10-3
2012-13 5-1 10-3
2011-12 4-5 6-7
2010-11 13-2 16-3
2009-10 4-4 7-7
Total 30-14 49-23
Pct. .682 .681