Memphis vs Christian Brothers
FedExForum (Memphis, Tenn.)
November 7, 2012 - 7 p.m.
|Radio: 600 WREC
TV: Memphis Tiger Network
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis hosts Christian Brothers Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the Tigers' only exhibition contest of the 2012-13 season. Game time is 7 p.m. (CT) at FedExForum.
The Tigers are ranked in both preseason national polls, coming in No. 17 in the Associated Press poll and No. 16 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.
Memphis is hosting only one exhibition game this year, as it played a closed scrimmage Nov. 3 at Alabama.
Memphis returns four starters and 11 letterwinners from last year's squad.
Wednesday's exhibition is the first and only for Christian Brothers. The Buccaneers open regular-action versus Rhodes College Saturday.
The Buccaneers return three starters and nine letterwinners from last year's squad.
WHAT THE TIGERS DID A YEAR AGO
Memphis finished 2011-12 with a 26-9 overall record and a 13-3 Conference USA mark (1st place).
The Tigers swept the 2011-12 Conference USA titles, taking both the regular season and tournament crowns. It was the fifth time in the last seven years that Memphis swept the C-USA championships.
Joe Jackson was named the C-USA Tournament MVP for a second-straight year. Jackson became the first player in league history to receive consecutive C-USA Tournament MVP honors.
The Tigers earned C-USA's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and dropped a 61-54 decision to Saint Louis in the second round.
WHAT THE BUCS DID A YEAR AGO
Christian Brothers posted a 25-7 overall record and an 11-3 Gulf South Conference (GSC) mark in 2011-12.
The Buccaneers finished second in the GSC regular-season standings and advanced to the GSC Tournament championship game.
Christian Brothers advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament Sweet Sixteen, before falling to Alabama-Huntsville.
The Buccaneers finished the season ranked No. 8 in the nation, the program's highest ranking in school history.
SCOUTING THE BUCCANEERS
Christian Brothers returns three starters and nine letterwinners from last year's squad that went 25-7 overall and 11-3 in the Gulf South Conference.
The Buccaneers are ranked No. 16 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) preseason poll and No. 12 in the Division II Bulletin preseason poll.
Christian Brothers was picked to finish second in the 2012-13 preseason Gulf South Conference (GSC) coaches poll.
The Buccaneers had one player on the All-GSC preseason squad in junior guard Harry Green.
Christian Brothers returns four of its top-six scorers from a year ago in Harry Green (10.0 ppg), Cory McArthy (7.8 ppg), Michael Drake (7.0 ppg) and Trey Casey (5.4 ppg).
Michael Drake is the Buccaneers' top returning rebounder (3.5 rpg), while Harry Green is the squad's top returning playmaker (3.3 apg).
Head coach Mike Nienaber is in his 15th season at Christian Brothers. He has a 227-143 record at the school.
The city of Memphis will be well represented in Wednesday's exhibition contest between the Tigers and Buccaneers.
The squads combine to have 11 players from Memphis area on the two rosters.
Christian Brothers has four players -- Dominic Fragale, Harry Green, Ike Griffith and Drew Hildreth -- that call the Bluff City home.
On the Tigers' side, seven players hail from the Memphis area. Tarik Black, Chris Crawford, Trey Draper, Ferrakohn Hall, Joe Jackson and Adonis Thomas all are from Memphis. Freshman Anthony Coleis from Arlington, a suburb of Memphis.
STEPHENS NOT REDSHIRTING
This past week leading into Wednesday's exhibition, there was some discussion that senior D.J. Stephens was considering a redshirt for the 2012-13 season.
However, after recent talks, head coach Josh Pastner announced at his Nov. 6 media gathering that Stephens is playing his senior season and will not redshirt.
The 6-foot-5 forward/guard played in 28 games and averaged 2.4 points and 1.8 boards in 2011-12. Stephens won the 2011-12 Intersport Dunks of the Year contest.
ONCE FRIENDS, NOW FOES
Wednesday's game has former teammates that will face off against each other for 40 minutes.
Tigers junior Joe Jackson and Bucs junior Harry Green were teammates at White Station High School and helped lead the Spartans to a state title and two state runner-up finishes. Memphis' Ferrakohn Hallwas also a teammate of Green for two seasons.
TIGERS, BUCS HAVE WIN STREAKS GOING
Tigers fans may be aware of their team's stretch of 12-straight winning seasons entering the 2012-13 campaign. Memphis' season winning streak began with the 2000-01 campaign and is tied for the longest streak of its kind in school history. The Tigers also had 12-straight winning seasons from 1981-82 through 1992-93.
On the other side, Christian Brothers brings a season winning streak of 10 straight into 2011-12. The Buccaneers' streak began in 2002-03.
MEMPHIS RANKED IN PRESEASON POLLS
The Tigers find themselves in both national preseason polls this year, checking in at No. 17 in the Associated Press poll and No. 16 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.
It is the eighth time in the last nine seasons Memphis has been ranked in the preseason.
In its history, Memphis has been ranked a total of 20 times in the preseason polls.
A MEMPHIS STARTING FIVE
For the first time in nearly 20 years, Memphis could put a starting five on the floor all from the city of Memphis.
If it occurs, the starting five from the Bluff City would be Tarik Black, Chris Crawford, Ferrakohn Hall, Joe Jackson and Adonis Thomas.
The last time Memphis placed a starting five on the floor in a season opener was 1987-88. In that year's season opener versus Jackson State, the all-Memphis starting five were Rodney Douglas, Sylvester Gray, Marvin Alexander, Dwight Boyd and Elliot Perry.
In overall games, the last time an all-Memphis starting five played for the Tigers was on "Senior Day" in 1994-95 season. That game's (versus Dayton) starting five were Justin Wimmer, Marcus Nolan, Lorenzen Wright, Leon Mitchell and Jason Fox.
The Tigers' all-time record in which an all-Memphis lineup started is 133-41 (.764 winning percentage).
FOUR TIGERS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-C-USA TEAMS
Four Tigers were named to the 2012-13 preseason All-Conference USA teams, as voted on by the league's head coaches.
Tarik Black was a preseason All-C-USA first team pick, while Chris Crawford, Joe Jackson and Adonis Thomas were selected to the All-C-USA second team.
In 2011-12, Black and Jackson both were preseason All-C-USA second team picks.
TIGERS PICKED TO WIN C-USA, EARN NCAA TOURNEY BID
In most preseason publications, Memphis is the favorite to win the 2012-13 Conference USA regular-season crown. The Sporting News, Lindy's, Athlon Sports and CBSSports.com all pick the Tigers to finish first in the C-USA regular-season standings.
Athlon Sports picked the Tigers to advance to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen.
CBSSports.com ranked Memphis No. 18 in its preseason poll.
Lindy's ranked Memphis No. 13 in its preseason magazine.
Blue Ribbon College Yearbook ranked the Tigers No. 18 in its preseason poll.
SI.com ranked the Tigers No. 18 in its preseason top-25 poll.