Memphis vs North Florida
FedExForum (Memphis, Tenn.)
November 12, 2012 - 6:30 p.m.
|Radio: 600 WREC
(Subject to Blackout)
Tigers On TV/Radio/Web
Television: Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS)/Comcast digital channel 22 (Greg Gaston, play-by-play; Brian Oliver, color analyst)
Radio: WREC 600 AM (Dave Woloshin, play-by-play; Matt Dillon, color analyst; Forrest Goodman, studio host)
Web:Fans in certain states can watch the Memphis vs. North Florida game streamed live on the Memphis Tiger Network via the Memphis athletics website All-Access (must register to view game) at gotigersgo.com. Please note that video is not available for streaming in the CSS broadcast territory states (AR, KY, WV, NC, VA, TN, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA and TX) due to television broadcast restrictions.
SETTING THE SCENE
- Memphis hosts North Florida Monday, Nov. 12 in the Tigers' 2012-13 season and home opener. Game time is 6:30 p.m. (CT) at FedExForum. The contest is set for a Comcast Sports South (CSS) telecast.
- 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. The first 2012-13 regular season polls are scheduled for release Nov. 12.
- Memphis played its lone exhibition game last week and posted a 65-54 victory over Christian Brothers.
- Memphis returns four starters and 11 letterwinners from last year's squad.
- North Florida opened its season Saturday, Nov. 10 and posted a 79-65 win over Edward Waters. The Ospreys defeated Flagler 100-76 in their only exhibition contest Nov. 1.
- The Ospreys return eight letterwinners and four starters from last year's squad that went 16-16.
WHAT'S UP NEXT
- The Tigers host Samford at FedExForum Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. (CT). The game is the opening-round contest of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
- North Florida continues its five-game road trip at Savannah State Wednesday, Nov. 14.
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 OSPREYS DID A YEAR AGO
- North Florida posted a 16-16 overall record and a 10-8 Atlantic Sun Conference (A-Sun) mark.
- The Ospreys finished fourth in the A-Sun regular-season standings, but fell in the first round of the league's postseason tournament.
SCOUTING THE OSPREYS
- North Florida brings a 1-0 record into Monday's contest after a 79-65 season-opening victory over Edward Waters Saturday.
- Parker Smith (22 points) and Travis Wallace (13 points) paced the Ospreys offense in Saturday's win over Edward Waters.
- Travis Wallace and Andy Diaz each grabbed six boards, and Will Wilson dished out 12 assists.
- The Ospreys defeated Flagler 100-76 in their lone exhibition game Nov. 1.
- North Florida returns eight letterwinners and four starters from last year's squad.
- Among the returnees are last season's top-four scorers in Parker Smith (14.5 ppg), Travis Wallace (10.9 ppg), Jerron Granberry (10.9 ppg) and Andy Diaz (9.0 ppg).
- Travis Wallace is the squad's returning rebound leader (5.3 rpg), and Will Wilson is the top returning playmaker (98 total assists; 3.1 apg).
OSPREYS LIVIN' ON THE ROAD
- North Florida's Monday game at Memphis starts a five-game road trip for the squad. The Ospreys also have contests at Savannah State, Kansas State, Florida State and Bethune-Cookman on this road trip.
- But, North Florida's travels don't stop there. After a Nov. 29 home game, the Ospreys play their next six games away from UNF Arena (road or neutral).
- Overall, North Florida plays three home games and 11 road/neutral contests before the new year.
NOT IN AWE
- Tiger Nation -- and the Tigers themselves -- should not count on North Florida entering FedExForum wide-eyed and in awe of the scene.
- The Ospreys return eight letterwinners and four starters from last year's team that visited some of the nation's top college basketball venues.
- In 2011-12, North Florida played contests at Alabama, Florida, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, Kansas State, Auburn and Virginia Tech.
2005-06 -- GOOD YEAR FOR TIGERS, OSPREYS
- Although the 2012-13 season has just begun, Memphis and North Florida both can look back on the 2005-06 season with fond memories.
- For the Tigers, the 2005-06 season began the best four-year run of success in NCAA Division I basketball history. Memphis posted a 33-4 overall record, swept the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight.
- For the Ospreys, 2005-06 was their first year of NCAA Division I basketball. North Florida moved to the Atlantic Sun Conference after spending the previous eight years in the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference.
MEMPHIS VERSUS THE ATLANTIC SUN
- The Tigers have an all-time record of 17-5 versus Atlantic Sun Conference foes.
- Memphis has played East Tennessee State (4-3), Jacksonville (4-1), Lipscomb (6-1), Mercer (2-0) and Stetson (1-0).
- The last time the Tigers played an Atlantic Sun opponent was last year when they hosted Lipscomb in a December game. Memphis posted an 85-75 win over the Bisons on Dec. 19, 2011.
MEMPHIS IN SEASON, HOME OPENERS
- The Tigers host North Florida in both their 2012-13 season and home openers Monday.
- The Tigers have a 63-28 record in season openers for a 69.2 winning percentage.
- Memphis has a 9-1 record in its last 10 season openers. The lone loss was an 85-76 setback to Wake Forest in the 2003 Coaches vs. Cancer event at Madison Square Garden (2003-04 season).
- In home openers, Memphis is even more impressive with a 70-21 mark for a 76.9 winning percentage.
- The Tigers are 9-1 in their last 10 home openers, with the only loss a narrow 81-80 decision to Austin Peay at The Pyramid in 2002-03.
- Memphis won its 2011-12 openers (season and home) with a 97-81 victory over Belmont.
WHEN THEY ARE ONE IN THE SAME
- Memphis is 55-13 (.809 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 Belmont 97-81.
- The Tigers have a 12-1 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 13 season/home openers came in the 2000-01 season when Memphis dropped a 67-62 decision to Temple at The Pyramid.
- North Florida is the first of six teams that will make their first trips to FedExForum this year.
- The other five visiting programs that will play for the first time in FedExForum this season are Samford Nov. 17, Ohio Dec. 5, Oral Roberts Dec. 28, Loyola (Md.) Dec. 30 and Harvard Jan. 19.
- Last year, the Tigers hosted four FedExForum newbies and posted a 3-1 record in those contests. Memphis had wins over Belmont, Robert Morris and Xavier and a loss to Murray State.
TIGERS SUCCESS AT FEDEXFORUM
- The Tigers have a 145-17 overall record (.895 winning percentage) at FedExForum since moving to the arena for the 2004-05 campaign.
- Since the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, Memphis has won 135 of its last 146 home games (.925 winning percentage).
- Memphis is a perfect 8-0 in season/home openers at FedExForum.
JOHNSON TO SERVE THREE-GAME, NCAA-IMPOSED SUSPENSION
- Geron Johnson will begin serving an NCAA-imposed, three-game suspension Monday, Nov. 12.
- The NCAA sanction is the result of extra benefits received by Johnson from a family friend who assisted the family with his educational expenses prior to his enrollment at the University of Memphis.
A "FROSH" START
- The Tigers' two freshmen -- Shaq Goodwin and Damien Wilson -- will make their collegiate debuts Monday versus North Florida.
- The following shows other recent freshmen "first-game" performances in Tigers history: