Nov. 7, 2013
|| Exhibition: Memphis (0-0) vs Christian Brothers (0-0)
||Friday, November 8 - 7 p.m. CT | FedExForum
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Exhibition #1: Christian Brothers vs. #13/13 Memphis
Friday, Nov. 8 7 pm (CT) FedExForum Memphis, Tenn.
Tigers On TV/Radio/Web
Radio: WREC 600 AM (Dave Woloshin, play-by-play; Matt Dillon, color analyst; Forrest Goodman, studio host)
Web:Game to be streamed live on the Memphis Tiger Network on the Memphis athletics website at gotigersgo.com via All-Access (must register to view game)
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis hosts Christian Brothers Friday, Nov. 8 in the Tigers' only exhibition contest of the 2013-14 season. Game time is 7 p.m. (CT) at FedExForum.
The Tigers are ranked in both preseason national polls, coming in No. 13 in the Associated Press poll and No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. The Buccaneers are the first team in the "Also Receiving Votes" category (No. 26) of the NABC preseason Division II top-25 poll.
Memphis is hosting only one exhibition game this year, as it played a closed scrimmage Nov. 2 against Baylor on the Louisiana Tech campus in Ruston, La.
Memphis returns three starters, but only five letterwinners from last year's squad.
Friday's exhibition is the first and only for Christian Brothers. The Buccaneers open regular-action versus Rhodes College Sunday.
The Buccaneers return four starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's squad.
WHAT THE TIGERS DID A YEAR AGO
Memphis posted a 31-5 overall record and a perfect 16-0 Conference USA mark in 2012-13.
The Tigers swept the 2012-13 Conference USA titles, taking both the regular-season and tournament crowns. It was the sixth time in the last eight years that Memphis swept the C-USA championships.
The 30-win season was the sixth in the program's history, and the 31 victories are tied for the fifth-most in school history.
The 16-0 league record was the fourth time in the last seven seasons the Tigers went unbeaten in conference action.
Josh Pastner and Joe Jackson swept Conference USA's top two honors, winning the league's Gene Barton Coach of the Year and Player of the Year Awards, respectively. Chris Crawford was named C-USA's Sixth Man of the Year.
Crawford was voted the C-USA Tournament MVP after leading the Tigers to the league postseason title with a thrilling 91-79 double-overtime win over Southern Miss. Crawford hit a C-USA Tournament record 19 three-pointers in three games.
The Tigers earned C-USA's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the third round with a 54-52 second-round victory over Saint Mary's. Memphis fell to Michigan State 70-48 in the third round.
WHAT THE BUCS DID A YEAR AGO
Christian Brothers posted a 21-9 overall record and a 13-5 Gulf South Conference (GSC) mark in 2012-13.
The Buccaneers finished second in the GSC regular-season standings and won the GSC Tournament championship with a 65-62 win over Valdosta State.
Christian Brothers earned an NCAA Division II Tournament bid, but lost a 60-58 heart-breaker to Alabama-Huntsville in the opening round.
SCOUTING THE BUCCANEERS
Christian Brothers returns four starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's squad that went 21-9 overall and 13-5 in the Gulf South Conference.
The Buccaneers are the first team in the "Also Receiving Votes" category of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) preseason Division II poll.
Christian Brothers was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 preseason Gulf South Conference (GSC) coaches poll.
The Buccaneers had one player on the All-GSC preseason squad in junior guard Trey Casey.
Christian Brothers returns three of its top-four scorers from a year ago in Trey Casey (12.6 ppg), Harry Green (11.6 ppg) and Cory McArthy (10.1 ppg).
Ryan Fleming is the Buccaneers' top returning rebounder (5.8 rpg) and top returning playmaker (3.3 apg; 99 total assists).
Head coach Mike Nienaber is in his 16th season at Christian Brothers. He has a 248-152 record at the school.
CHAMPIONS CLASH FRIDAY
Friday's Memphis-Christian Brothers contest features a match-up of conference tournament champions from a year ago.
The Tigers won the Conference USA Tournament title with a 91-79 double overtime win over Southern Miss.
The Buccaneers took the Gulf South Conference Tournament crown with a 65-62 win over Valdosta State.
The city of Memphis and its surrounding communities will be well represented in Friday's exhibition contest between the Tigers and Buccaneers.
The squads combine to have 15 players from Memphis area on the two rosters.
Christian Brothers has seven players -- Demarcus Fields, Dominic Fragale, Cody Garbuzinski, Harry Green, Ike Griffith, Drew Hildreth and Charlie Oswald -- that call the Bluff City home.
On the Tigers' side, eight players hail from the Memphis area. Chris Crawford, Markel Crawford, Trey Draper, Joe Jackson, Nick King and Jake McDowell all are from Memphis. Sophomore Anthony Cole is from Arlington and freshman Austin Nichols is from Collierville, both suburbs of Memphis.
NO REDSHIRTS YET
At his media gathering Nov. 4, head coach Josh Pastner announced that he had no plans to redshirt any player prior to Friday's exhibition contest versus Christian Brothers.
The lone redshirt to date is freshman RaShawn "Pookie" Powell, who is enrolled at the University of Memphis, but has not been cleared to participate in practice and games.
ONCE FRIENDS, NOW FOES/PART II
Friday's game has former teammates that will face off against each other for 40 minutes.
Tigers senior Joe Jackson and Bucs senior Harry Green were teammates at White Station High School and helped lead the Spartans to a state title and two state runner-up finishes.
ONCE FRIENDS, NOW FOES/PART II
Friday's game has another group of former teammates that will be on opposing benches.
Tigers freshman Jake McDowell and Bucs freshmen Cody Garbuzinski and Charlie Oswald all were teammates at Christian Brothers High School in 2012-13.
TIGERS, BUCS HAVE WIN STREAKS GOING
Tigers fans may be aware of their team's stretch of 13-straight winning seasons entering the 2013-14 campaign. Memphis' season winning streak began with the 2000-01 campaign and is the longest streak of its kind in school history. The Tigers' previous longest streak of winning seasons was 12 straight from 1981-82 through 1992-93.
On the other side, Christian Brothers brings a season winning streak of 11 straight into 2013-14. The Buccaneers' streak began in 2002-03.
PASTNER 15TH-YOUNGEST HEAD COACH IN NCAA DIVISION I HOOPS
Although younger head coaches are hired around the country year after year, Memphis' Josh Pastner remains among the youngest head coaches (15th) in NCAA Division I hoops.
Pastner was the 11th-youngest head coach at the NCAA Division I level in 2012-13.
PELLOM OUT FOR FIVE WEEKS AFTER NOV. 7 KNEE SURGERY
Graduate student David Pellom underwent arthroscopic debridement surgery on his left knee Nov. 7. Dr. Barry Phillips of Campbell Clinic performed the surgery.
Pellom, a transfer from George Washington University, is expected to be sidelined for five weeks.
The 6-foot-7, 224-pound forward was experiencing some knee discomfort from an injury suffered earlier in his collegiate career at George Washington.
MEMPHIS RANKED IN PRESEASON POLLS
The Tigers find themselves in both national preseason polls this year, checking in at No. 13 in the Associated Press poll and No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.
It is the ninth time in the last 10 seasons Memphis has been ranked in the preseason.
In its history, Memphis has been ranked a total of 21 times in the preseason polls.
DIXON JR., JACKSON ON COUSY WATCH LIST
Tigers seniors Michael Dixon Jr. and Joe Jackson both were named to the 2013-14 Bob Cousy Award Watch List Oct. 22, 2013.
The Cousy Award, named for Hall of Famer and Boston Celtics great Bob Cousy, is given annually to the nation's top point guard.
Dixon Jr. and Jackson also were Cousy Award candidates in 2011-12.
Memphis is one of two teams to have two candidates among the 45 players on the Cousy Watch List. Harvard is the other school to have two preseason Cousy Award candidates.
Dixon Jr. and Jackson are two of four American Athletic Conference guards on the list. Connecticut's Shabazz Napier and Louisville's Chris Jones also are Cousy Award candidates.
JACKSON LONE TIGER TO RECEIVE PRESEASON CONFERENCE HONORS
Joe Jackson was the only Tiger named to the 2013-14 preseason All-American Athletic Conference team.
Jackson was a unanimous All-American Athletic Conference first team selection.
TIGERS PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON CONFERENCE POLL
At the league's Oct. 16, 2013, media day in Memphis, the Tigers were picked third in the American Athletic Conference's preseason poll.
Memphis was third behind Louisville and Connecticut. Rounding out the preseason top-five were Cincinnati in fourth place and Temple in fifth.
IVERSON TO SERVE NCAA SUSPENSION FOR NOV. 14 GAME
Freshman Kuran Iverson will serve an NCAA one-game suspension for the Tigers' Nov. 14 season/home opener against Austin Peay.
Iverson is suspended for one game after participating in an unauthorized summer league game in Hartford, Conn. The University of Memphis self-reported the violation.
The Tigers 6-foot-10 forward/guard did not seek permission from Memphis to play in the league.
Under NCAA rules, players are only allowed to play in summer league games in either their home area or close to where they attend school, but not both.
Iverson had already played in the Bluff City Classic prior to participating in the Hartford summer league.
Iverson can play in Friday's exhibition contest against Christian Brothers. His first regular-season action will come Nov. 19 when Memphis plays No. 9/12 Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla.