Nov. 13, 2013
|| #13/13 Memphis (0-0) vs Austin Peay (1-0)
||Thursday, November 14 - 7 p.m. CT | FedExForum
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The Last Meeting
December 8, 2012
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis hosts Austin Peay Thursday, Nov. 14 in the Tigers' 2013-14 season and home opener. Game time is 7 p.m. (CT) at FedExForum. SportSouth is televising Thursday's contest.
The Tigers are ranked in the first regular-season national polls, remaining at No. 13 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches polls. Austin Peay is not ranked.
Last Friday, Memphis played its only exhibition game and posted a 92-63 victory over Christian Brothers.
Prior to the exhibition, the Tigers participated in 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.
Thursday's contest is the second of the regular season for Austin Peay. The Governors defeated Oakland City 84-69 in their season opener Nov. 8.
Austin Peay returns three starters and eight 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.
HAT THE GOVERNORS DID A YEAR AGO
Austin Peay posted an 8-23 overall record and a 4-12 Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) mark in 2012-13.
The Governors finished in 12th place in the OVC regular season standings.
Austin Peay did not qualify for the OVC postseason tournament.
SCOUTING THE GOVERNORS
Austin Peay brings a 1-0 overall record into Thursday's contest after defeating Oakland City 84-69 in its season opener Nov. 8.
In that game, Ed Dyson (17 points), Will Triggs (10) and Chris Horton (10) all netted double figures. Horton pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds.
The Governors were picked to finish third in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) West Division in preseason voting by the league's coaches and sports information directors.
Triggs and Betran both were selected to the 2013-14 preseason OVC Team. Betran was a 2012-13 OVC All-Newcomer Team pick.
Austin Peay returns three of its top-four scorers from a year ago in Betran (17.2 ppg), Triggs (11.9 ppg) and Horton (8.0 ppg).
The Governors also welcome back their top-two rebounders in Horton (6.9 rpg) and Triggs (5.3 rpg).
Betran was the team's leader in assists (82; 2.8 apg) in 2012-13.
Head coach Dave Loos is in his 24th season at Austin Peay. He has a 372-333 record at the school.
A HOMECOMING FOR LOOS
Austin Peay head coach Dave Loos, a 1970 University of Memphis graduate, returns to the place where he began his coaching career.
Loos served as a student assistant for the Tigers in 1970, and later came back as a full-time assistant from 1986-90.
Loos lettered three seasons from 1966-69 for the Tigers basketball squad. He also played baseball for Memphis from 1967-69.
AND, WE MEET AGAIN
Thursday's Memphis-Austin Peay contest is the proverbial "rubber-match" of a rivalry between the Tigers' Shaq Goodwin and the Governors' Chris Horton that began during their days as high school basketball stars in Georgia.
In 2011-12, Goodwin's Southwest DeKalb team and Horton's Columbia squad played once, with Columbia taking a 65-54 victory in the Chik-fil-A Classic on Dec. 22, 2011.
Despite the loss, Goodwin posted a double-double of 20 points and 10 boards.
Goodwin (12.3 rpg) and Horton (10.3 rpg) were two of DeKalb County's top-five rebounders in 2011-12.
In their first collegiate meeting last season, Goodwin's Tigers defeated Horton's Governors 83-65. Goodwin had four points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals, and Horton posted eight points and seven boards.
DO YOU REMEMBER?/PART I
Since it occurred in the 2012-13 season, the hope is Tigers fans haven't forgotten so quickly.
When Memphis posted its 83-65 victory over the Governors Dec. 8, 2012, the win the program's 150th at FedExForum.
The Tigers enter 2013-14 with a 162-18 record at FedExForum.
DO YOU REMEMBER?/PART II
This is one that Tigers fans would like to forget.
The last time Memphis lost a home opener was in 2002-03.
The home opener opponent that season was head coach Dave Loos' Austin Peay squad.
The Governors pulled the upset, defeating Memphis 81-80 in overtime at The Pyramid on Nov. 22, 2002.
SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST
That's the way Tiger Nation is looking at it Thursday.
When it plays Austin Peay Thursday, Memphis will be the final program at the NCAA Division I level to play its 2013-14 season opener.
So, the Tigers will be the 351st NCAA Division I basketball program to open the 2013-14 season.
TIGERS IN SEASON/HOME OPENERS
The Tigers host Austin Peay in both their 2013-14 season and home openers Thursday.
The Tigers have a 64-28 record in season openers for a 69.6 winning percentage.
Memphis has a 9-1 record in its last 10 season openers. The Tigers are 4-0 in season openers under head coach Josh Pastner.
The lone season-opening 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 71-21 mark for a 77.2 winning percentage.
The Tigers are 10-0 in their last 10 home openers. The Tigers are 4-0 in home openers under Pastner.
Memphis' last home-opening setback was a narrow 81-80 overtime decision to Austin Peay at The Pyramid in 2002-03.
Memphis won its 2012-13 openers (season and home) with an 81-66 victory over North Florida.
WHEN THEY ARE ONE IN THE SAME
Memphis is 56-13 (.812 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 North Florida 81-66.
The Tigers have a 13-1 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.
MEMPHIS OPENS 10TH SEASON AT FEDEXFORUM
The 2013-14 season is the 10th for the Tigers at FedExForum.
Memphis will play on a redesigned floor when it opens its 10th season at FedExForum. The floor will have a larger leaping Tiger M logo along with the city of Memphis skyline and bridge.
Memphis opened play at its current homecourt in the 2004-05 campaign.
The Tigers have a 162-18 record (.900 winning percentage) at FedExForum.
TIGERS SUCCESS AT FEDEXFORUM
The Tigers have a 162-18 overall record (.900 winning percentage) at FedExForum since moving to the arena for the 2004-05 campaign.
Since the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, Memphis has won 152 of its last 164 home games (.927 winning percentage).
Memphis is a perfect 9-0 in season/home openers at FedExForum.
BEST HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE
Since 2004-05, Memphis has won 162 games at FedExForum, the most home wins in the country over that span of time.
The following are the top-five programs with the most home wins since 2004-05 (credit to former Memphis Athletics Communications Assistant Bryan McEldowney for compiling this list):
Most Home Wins Since 2004-05
(as of Nov. 13, 2013)
1. Memphis 162
2. Ohio State 154
3. Kansas 151
5. Louisville 148
TIGERS VERSUS NCAA DIVISION I IN-STATE FOES
Memphis has an all-time 132-75 record (.638 winning percentage) against current in-state NCAA Division I basketball programs (12 total including Memphis).
The Tigers are playing only one in-state NCAA Division I opponent this year in Austin Peay Nov. 14.
In 2012-13, Memphis had a perfect 4-0 record against in-state NCAA Division I opponents. The Tigers posted wins over UT Martin, Austin Peay, Lipscomb and Tennessee last season.
Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis has an 14-2 record (.875 winning percentage) against in-state NCAA Division I foes. Pastner has coached against seven of the other 11 in-state NCAA Division I basketball schools.
TIGERS LOVE NOVEMBER
Since 1999-2000, Memphis has a 52-19 record (.732 winning percentage) in November.
Of the 19 November losses, 11 were to nationally-ranked teams.
The Tigers are 35-8 (.814 winning percentage) in November the last eight seasons (2005-06 to 2012-13), with three of the eight setbacks coming to ranked opponents.
TIGERS NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS
Since 1999-2000, the Tigers have a non-conference record (including postseason) of 189-66 for a 74.1 winning percentage.
In 2012-13, Memphis had a 15-5 record against non-conference opponents (including postseason).