Memphis Basketball Notes
Go Tigers! Adonis Thomas and the Tigers host Christian Brothers in their final exhibition game Friday.
Go Tigers!
Adonis Thomas and the Tigers host Christian Brothers in their final exhibition game Friday.
Go Tigers!

Nov. 10, 2011

SETTING THE SCENE
• Memphis hosts Christian Brothers Friday, Nov. 11 in the Tigers' second exhibition contest of the 2011-12 season. Game time is 8 p.m. (CT) at FedExForum. The Tigers' game follows the women's squad season opener versus Saint Louis, which is slated for a 5 p.m. (CT) tip.
• The Tigers are ranked in both preseason national polls, coming in No. 11 in the Associated Press poll and No. 9 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.
• Memphis defeated LeMoyne-Owen College 119-67 in its first exhibition game Nov. 2.
• Memphis returns all five starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's squad.
• Christian Brothers enters Friday's exhibition after a 76-54 exhibition contest loss at Arkansas Nov. 8.
• The Buccaneers return three starters and 12 letterwinners from last year's squad.

 

 

WHAT THE TIGERS DID A YEAR AGO
• Memphis finished 2011-12 with a 25-10 overall record and a 10-6 Conference USA mark (4th place).
• The Tigers won the 2011 Conference USA Tournament title with a thrilling 67-66 win over UTEP on the Miners' homecourt.
Joe Jackson was named the C-USA Tournament MVP.
• With the C-USA Tournament title, Memphis earned the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, where the No. 12 seed Tigers dropped a narrow 77-75 decision to No. 5 seed Arizona in the second round.

WHAT THE BUCS DID A YEAR AGO
• Christian Brothers posted a 17-11 overall record and a 5-9 Gulf South Conference mark in 2010-11.
• The Buccaneers did not qualify for the 2011 Gulf South Conference Tournament.

SCOUTING THE BUCCANEERS
• Christian Brothers returns three starters and 12 letterwinners from last year's squad that went 17-11 overall and 5-9 in the Gulf South Conference (GSC).
• The Buccaneers were 15-4 before the injury bug derailed their season.
• Christian Brothers returns the 2010-11 GSC Freshman of the Year in Harry Green. The now-sophomore guard averaged 9.9 points and 3.1 boards a year ago.
• The Bucs also return Scott Dennis, who averaged a double-double last season with 16.1 ppg and 11.6 rpg.
• Head coach Mike Nienaber is in his 14th season at Christian Brothers. He has a 202-136 record at the school.

TIGERS ON VETERANS DAY
• Although only an exhibition game, Memphis is playing on Veterans Day for only the fourth time in school history.
• Memphis has a 1-0 record when playing a regular-season contest on Veterans Day.
• The Tigers defeated Savannah State 102-40 in the 2004-05 season opener, which was played on Veterans Day. That game was the opening-round contest of the 2004 Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic.

MEMPHIS REPRESENTIN'
• The city of Memphis will be well represented in Friday's exhibition contest between the Tigers and Buccaneers.
• The squads combine to have 12 players from Memphis area on the two rosters.
• Christian Brothers has four players -- Stephen Duckett, Dominic Fragale, Harry Green and Drew Hildreth -- that call the Bluff City home.
• On the Tigers' side, eight players hail from the Memphis area. Drew Barham, Tarik Black, Chris Crawford, Trey Draper, Ferrakohn Hall, Joe Jackson, Preston Laird and Adonis Thomas all are from Memphis.

BARHAM TO REDSHIRT
• Junior Drew Barham announced Nov. 8 that he will redshirt the 2011-12 season.
• The 6-foot-7 guard/forward played in 27 games and made 10 starts a year ago. He averaged 2.0 points and 1.5 boards in 2010-11.

ONCE FRIENDS, NOW FOES
• Friday's game has a pair of former teammates that will be facing off against each other for 40 minutes.
• Tigers sophomore Joe Jackson and Bucs sophomore 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 Hall was also a teammate of Green for two seasons.
• Memphis junior Drew Barham and Christian Brothers sophomore Dominic Fragale were teammates at Christian Brothers High School and helped the squad to three-straight state title game appearances.

TIGERS, BUCS HAVE WIN STREAKS GOING
• Tigers fans may be aware of their team's stretch of 11-straight winning seasons entering the 2011-12 campaign. Memphis' season winning streak began with the 2000-01 campaign and is tied for the second-longest streak of its kind in school history.
• On the other side, Christian Brothers brings a season winning streak of nine straight into 2011-12. The Buccaneers' streak began in 2002-03.

OH BROTHER, BROTHER
• Both Memphis and Christian Brothers have a set of brothers on each squad's roster.
• The Barton brothers -- Antonio and Will -- are both sophomores and will wear the Blue and Gray in 2011-12.
• For the visitors, brothers Zack and Syd Warner will suit up for the Buccaneers. Zack is a redshirt senior, while Syd is a redshirt sophomore.

BLUFF CITY VERSUS QUEEN CITY
• When Memphis and Christian Brothers face off Friday, it won't just be a battle for city of Memphis pride. The game is also a battle between the Bluff City and Cincinnati, also known as the Queen City.
• The Tigers have eight players on the roster representing the city of Memphis.
• On the other bench, Christian Brothers has three players from Cincinnati. The three Buccaneers from the Queen City are Trey Casey, Scott Dennis and Daniel Wulker.

HOME SWEET HOME
• The Tigers have eight players on their 2011-12 roster that call Memphis home. Drew Barham, Tarik Black, Chris Crawford, Trey Draper, Ferrakohn Hall, Joe Jackson, Preston Laird and Adonis Thomas all are from the Bluff City.
• The 2011-12 Tigers have the most players from the city of Memphis on its roster since 1995-96 when there were nine players that called the Bluff City home.
• Since 1981-82 (30 seasons ago), this year's eight players from the city of Memphis are tied for the seventh-most on a Tigers roster and the following shows that:

	Year	# of Players	Year	# of Players
1994-95 11 2011-12 8
1993-94 10 1992-93 8
1991-92 10 1990-91 8
1985-86 10 1988-89 8
1995-96 9 1987-88 8
1984-85 9 1986-87 8

TIGERS' NBA TIES
• The Memphis staff has several NBA ties and the following lists those:

Position at Memphis	NBA Tie
Jack Murphy/Asst. Advance Scout
Denver Nuggets
(2006-09)
Damon Stoudamire/Asst. Player
13 seasons (1995-2008)
Asst. Coach
Memphis Grizzlies
(2009-11)
Luke Walton/Asst. Player
Los Angeles Lakers
8 seasons (2003-11)
2 NBA titles
4 NBA Finals
Eric Sebastian/Dir. of Ops Dir. of Media Relations
Denver Nuggets
(1994-2009)
Brad Anderson/Athletic Asst. Athletic Trainer
Trainer Portland Trail Blazers
(1997-99)
Frank Matrisciano/ Trained several NBA
Life Changer players, including
2010-11 Rookie of the
Year Blake Griffin

MEMPHIS HAS ONE OF TOP-SCORING COACHING STAFFS IN NATION
• In research compiled by Tennessee SID Tom Satkowiak, Memphis has the 13th highest scoring staffs in the country.
• For this list, the staffs only include the head coach and assistant coaches and their scoring totals at the NCAA Division I level.
• The following is a top-30 list:

Team Staff	Total Pts	Team Staff	Total Pts
1. Tennessee 5,381 16. Georgetown 2,705
2. Auburn 4,373 17. Detroit 2,681
3. Valparaiso 4,146 18. UALR 2,668
4. Kansas 3,834 19. Navy 2,612
5. Duke 3,805 20. Florida 2,585
6. Princeton 3,804 21. JMU 2,338
7. Loyola-Chicago 3,756 22. N. Iowa 2,310
8. East Carolina 3,712 23. Tenn. St. 2,280
9. Missouri St. 3,646 24. Kennesaw St. 2,249
10. Oklahoma St. 3,367 25. Penn 2,227
11. Stanford 3,331 26. Creighton 2,187
12. Colgate 3,304 27. S. Carolina 2,181
13. Memphis 3,047 28. Kentucky 2,040
14. Tulsa 3,004 29. NW State 2,033
15. SMU 2,913 30. Manhattan 1,915

• The following is the breakdown of the Memphis staff's career scoring numbers:

		Name/Position	Total Pts
Josh Pastner/Head Coach 19
Damon Stoudamire/Asst. Coach 1,849
Luke Walton/Asst. Coach 1,179
Total 3,047

PASTNER EIGHTH-YOUNGEST HEAD COACH IN NCAA DIVISION 1 HOOPS
• Although younger head coaches are hired around the country year after year, Memphis' Josh Pastner remains among the youngest head coaches (8th) in NCAA Division I hoops, and the following shows that:

Youngest NCAA Division I Head Coaches
For 2011-12 Season

Coach, School	Age	Birthdate
Andy Toole, Robert Morris 31 Sept. 11, 1980
Jason Capel, Appalachian State 31 Jan. 15, 1980
Brian Wardle, UW-Green Bay 32 Oct. 10, 1979
Archie Miller, Dayton 33 Oct. 30, 1978
Tony Jasick, IPFW 33 Apr. 17, 1978
Matt Langel, Colgate 33 Nov. 21, 1977
Jason James, UT Martin 34 Oct. 10, 1977
Josh Pastner, Memphis 34 Sept. 26, 1977
Steve Masiello, Manhattan 34 Sept. 2, 1977
Bobby Washington, Grambling 34 June 1, 1977
John Gallagher, Hartford 34 May 27, 1977
Michael White, Louisiana Tech 34 Mar. 2, 1977
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