Memphis Basketball Notes
Nov. 11, 2010
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TIGERS TO HOST CENTENARY IN SEASON, HOME OPENER FRIDAY
Friday's contest is the first for both Memphis and Centenary in the 2010 Global Sports Challenge. It is an exempt event in which all participating schools play four games against each other. The other three schools in the Global Sports Challenge are LSU, Northwestern State and Tennessee Martin.
Memphis, picked to reclaim the Conference USA crown in most preseason publications and websites, returns two starters and six letterwinners from last year's squad that won 24 games (24-10 record) and advanced to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) second round. The Tigers finished second in the Conference USA regular season standings (13-3 league mark) and reached the quarterfinals of the C-USA Tournament.
The Tigers played two exhibition contests as warm-ups for the start of the 2010-11 campaign. Memphis defeated LeMoyne-Owen College 106-49 and Christian Brothers 75-49 in the two exhibitions.
Centenary College returns two starters and six letterwinners from the 2009-10 squad that posted an 8-21 overall record. The Gents did not play any exhibition contests prior to Friday's season opener.
SCOUTING THE GENTS
Centenary returns only two of its seven leading scorers from a year ago in senior guard Roman Tubner and junior guard Maxx Nakwaasah. Tubner was the squad's fourth-leading scorer at 8.0 ppg last season, while Nakwaasah was sixth at 7.2 ppg. Nakwaasah is also the Gents' leading returning rebounder at 4.1 rpg (second on last year's team). Tubner is Centenary's returning leader in assists (66) and steals (41).
Last season, Centenary shot 41.6 percent from the floor, 35.2 percent from the arc and 73.3 percent from the charity stripe. Opponents shot 49 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from the arc against the Gents, and also out-rebounded Centenary by an average margin of +8.5 on the glass (38.6-30.1).
Adam Walsh is in his first year at the helm of the Gents program after serving as an assistant on the Centenary staff the previous three seasons.
MAKING THE MOVE
PASTNER IN SECOND YEAR AT HELM OF TIGER PROGRAM Josh Pastner (Arizona, 1998) is in his second season as the head coach of the University of Memphis basketball program. The Kingwood, Texas, native was hired Apr. 7, 2009, after serving the 2008-09 season as an assistant on the Tiger staff.
In his first season in 2009-10, Pastner guided the Tigers to a 24-10 overall record and a 13-3 Conference USA mark. Memphis earned a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) berth and advanced to the postseason classic's second round.
Prior to joining the Memphis basketball family for the 2008-09 season, Pastner spent the previous 12 years of his college basketball life at Arizona as a player, staff member and assistant coach. While in Tucson, Pastner was a member of Wildcat squads that made 12-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and posted a 290-103 record (1997-2008). Pastner was a player on the 1996-97 Arizona team that won the NCAA title.
YOUTH VERSUS YOUTH
PASTNER SEVENTH-YOUNGEST HEAD COACH IN NCAA DIVISION I IN 2010-11
Coach, School Age Birthdate
TIGERS TO TIP-OFF 90TH YEAR OF HOOPS ON FRIDAY
MEMPHIS IN SEASON, HOME OPENERS
The Tigers have a 61-28 record in season openers for a 68.5 winning percentage. Memphis has an 8-2 record in its last 10 season openers.
In home openers, Memphis is even more impressive with a 68-21 mark for a 76.4 winning percentage. The Tigers are 8-2 in their last 10 home openers.
Memphis won its 2009-10 opener (season and home) with an 82-53 victory over Jackson State.
WHEN THEY ARE ONE IN THE SAME
Memphis is 53-13 (.803 winning percentage) when its season opener is also its home opener. The last time the Tigers played a season/home opener was last year when they defeated Jackson State 82-53.
The Tigers have a 10-1 record in years when their season and home openers were one in the same, dating back to the 1994-95 campaign. The lone setback in the last 10 season/home openers came in the 2000-01 season when Memphis dropped a 67-62 decision to Temple at The Pyramid.
DID YOU KNOW?
MEMPHIS VS. THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
The last time the Tigers played a Summit League foe was last season. In fact, Memphis met two Summit League teams in 2009-10 and won both encounters. The Tigers defeated Oakland 77-46 Nov. 30 as part of the 2009 Hall of Fame Showcase, and also posted an 87-67 victory over IUPUI Dec. 28.
Prior to last year, the Tigers-Summit League opponent previous match-up came in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. Memphis, the West Region No. 1 seed, posted an impressive 94-78 victory over No. 16 seed Oral Roberts in the first round in Dallas, Texas.
TIGERS PLAYING IN FIRST GLOBAL SPORTS CHALLENGE
Following Friday's game with Centenary, the Tigers play Northwestern State Nov. 17, LSU Nov. 21 (in Tupelo, Miss.; BancorpSouth Arena) and Tennessee Martin Nov. 23.
MEMPHIS IN REGULAR SEASON TOURNEYS/CLASSICS
The last time the Tigers carried home the trophy from an in-season tournament (more than one game) was in the 2007-08 campaign. Memphis won the 2k Sports College Hoops Classic (Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer) with an 81-70 win over Connecticut at Madison Square Garden. The Tigers also posted a narrow 62-58 overtime win over Southern Cal in the Jimmy V Classic in New York City that same season.
Last year, Memphis finished with a 3-1 record in the 2009 Hall of Fame Showcase. The Tigers dropped a narrow 57-55 decision to No. 1/1 Kansas in St. Louis, Mo., but bounced back with three wins over Tennessee Tech (92-59), Central Arkansas (81-49) and Oakland (77-46).
BARTON QUESTIONABLE FOR FRIDAY'S GAME
According to head coach Josh Pastner, Barton's knee is fine, but his ankle is still "tender."
BLACK PROBABLE FOR FRIDAY
KENDRICK RETURNS TO GAME ACTION FOLLOWING TIME AWAY FOR A PERSONAL MATTER
In the Nov. 9 exhibition contest, Kendrick saw his first minutes on the court when he played against Christian Brothers. The 6-foot-6 guard played 15 minutes and posted eight points, two rebounds and two assists.
Prior to Kendrick's return to practice on Nov. 4, head coach Josh Pastner said that Kendrick was taking time away from the squad for a personal matter.
TIGER SUCCESS AT FEDEXFORUM
Since the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, Memphis has won 100 of its last 107 home games (.935 winning percentage).
BEST HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE?
Since 2004-05, Memphis has won 110 games at FedExForum, the most home wins in the country over that span of time. The following are the top three programs with the most home wins since 2004-05 (credit to Texas A&M SID for compiling this list):
Most Home Wins
TIGERS IN NOVEMBER
One reason for the 15 early setbacks is the rugged national schedule the Tigers have played. Of the 15 November losses, 10 were to nationally-ranked teams.
The Tigers were 23-4 in November the past five seasons, with two of the four setbacks coming to ranked opponents. The following shows Memphis' progress in November games since the 1999-2000 campaign:
Year Nov. Rec. Losses to Ranked Teams
In 2009-10, Memphis had an 11-6 record against non-conference opponents (including postseason).