Nov. 18, 2013
|| #11/11 Memphis (1-0) at #7/9 Oklahoma State (3-0)
||Tuesday, November 19 - 7 p.m. CT | Gallagher-Iba Arena/Stillwater, Okla.
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The Last Meeting
December 5, 1989
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis makes an early-season road trip to Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Nov. 19 to face Oklahoma State in a top-15 showdown. ESPN is televising Tuesday's Old Spice Classic opening game.
The Tigers were ranked in the first regular-season national polls Nov. 11, remaining at No. 13 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches polls. Oklahoma State was ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press poll and No. 12 in the coaches poll (the Nov. 18 rankings had not yet been released by the time this notes package was printed).
Last Thursday, Memphis opened its 2013-14 season with a 95-69 home victory over Austin Peay. Six players netted double figures in the win.
In its lone exhibition game Nov. 8, the Tigers 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.
Tuesday's game is Oklahoma State's fourth of the young season. The Cowboys defeated Mississippi Valley State, Utah Valley and Arkansas-Pine Bluff in their first three outings.
Oklahoma State returns four starters and 12 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 COWBOYS DID A YEAR AGO
Oklahoma State posted a 24-9 overall record and a 13-5 Big 12 Conference mark in 2012-13.
The Cowboys finished in third place in the Big 12 Conference regular-season standings.
Oklahoma State went 1-1 in the Big 12 Conference Tournament, advancing to the semifinal round.
The Cowboys received an at-large NCAA Tournament bid and dropped a 68-55 decision to Oregon in the second round.
Oklahoma State finished 2012-13 ranked No. 17 in the Associated Press poll.
SCOUTING THE COWBOYS
Oklahoma State, ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press poll and No. 12 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, brings a perfect 3-0 record into Tuesday's encounter.
The Cowboys have wins over Mississippi Valley State 117-62, Utah Valley 93-40 and Arkansas-Pine Bluff 97-63.
Oklahoma State has six players averaging double figures. Phil Forte leads all scorers with a 21.0 average, followed by Markel Brown (15.3 ppg), Marcus Smart (13.7), Le'Bryan Nash (13.7), Brian Williams (10.0) and Stevie Clark (10.0).
Nash (6.3 rpg) and Kamari Murphy (6.0) leads the Cowboys on the glass.
Clark is the team's top playmaker with 17 assists (5.7 apg).
Forte (63.6 percent), Brown (47.1) and Clark (44.4) all shoot over 45 percent from the three-point line.
The Cowboys are averaging over 100 points per game (102.3) and are shooting 53.2 percent from the field, 45.6 percent from the arc and 70.2 percent from the free throw line.
Oklahoma State is out-rebounding its opponents by an average margin of +11.4 boards per game (42.7-31.3).
Head coach Travis Ford is in his sixth season at Oklahoma State. He has a 107-63 record at the school.
MEMPHIS VS. THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE
The Tigers have an all-time 36-17 record (.679 winning percentage) against members of the Big 12 Conference.
Memphis has played Baylor (6-1), Kansas (2-6), Kansas State (2-1), Oklahoma (6-0), Oklahoma State (2-3), TCU (10-1), Texas (2-4), Texas Tech (5-0) and West Virginia (1-1).
The last time Memphis played a Big 12 Conference opponent was the 2010-11 campaign when the Tigers played Kansas in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City Dec. 7, 2010.
The last time Memphis posted a victory over a Big 12 Conference foe came in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. The Tigers defeated Texas 85-67 in the 2008 NCAA Tournament South Region championship game, propelling Memphis to the Final Four.
NOT A CLOSE SERIES
Memphis and Oklahoma State have met five previous times, and only one encounter has been close (decided by single digits).
The lone single-digit outcome was the first meeting between the two programs in 1970-71 when the Tigers lost to the Cowboys 93-87 in Stillwater, Okla. (Dec. 9, 1970).
Since then, the average margin of victory in the last four meetings is 24.5 points.
Of the last four encounters, the closest decision was 16 points in the 1971-72 season, an 84-68 Tigers victory in Memphis on Dec. 4, 1971.
Including all five games, the average margin of victory is 20.8 points.
LAST TIGERS TIME VS. THE COWBOYS
It's a game most Tigers fans would like to forget.
After a 2004 NCAA Tournament opening-round win over South Carolina, Memphis faced Oklahoma State, the East Region's No. 2 seed.
The Tigers were not even in the game from the start, and Oklahoma State cruised to the 70-53 win at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo.
Wren Baker, current Memphis Deputy Director of Athletics, was an assistant coach on that Oklahoma State squad.
The Cowboys, under the director of head coach Eddie Sutton, advanced to the 2004 NCAA Final Four.
LAST PASTNER TIME VS. THE COWBOYS
The last time Josh Pastner was on the opposing sideline against Oklahoma State also was in NCAA Tournament play.
In the 2005 NCAA Tournament, Arizona -- with Pastner as an assistant under Hall of Famer Lute Olson -- played Oklahoma State in the Sweet Sixteen in Chicago, Ill.
In a battle of top-10 teams, the Wildcats posted a 79-78 win over Oklahoma State to advance to the Elite Eight.
A FINAL FOUR "FEEL" TUESDAY
The 2014 NCAA Final Four is still five months away, but the two staffs in Tuesday's game have a combined four coaches that have Final Four experience, with two on each bench.
Tigers head coach Josh Pastner went to the 1997 (player; won title) and 2001 (staff member; runner-up) Final Fours, while assistant coach Jason Gardner played in the 2001 Final Four.
Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford was a member of the Kentucky Wildcats squad that played in the 1993 NCAA Final Four in New Orleans, La.
Cowboys assistant coach Butch Pierre was an assistant at LSU in 2005-06 when the Tigers advanced to the Final Four in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Memphis and Oklahoma State basketball programs have a connection, and it's through the Iba name.
Henry Iba coached the Cowboys program for 36 seasons and posted a 655-317 record at the school.
Iba led Oklahoma State to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1945 and 1946. He was inducted in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1969. The school added his name to the basketball arena in 1987.
Iba's son, Moe, served as the Tigers head coach from 1966-70.
Moe came to the Bluff City after serving as Don Haskins' assistant at UTEP from 1962-66. Moe was a member of the coaching staff that led the Miners to the 1966 NCAA title.
A RARE NOVEMBER TIGERS ROAD GAME
Sure, the Tigers have played away from the Bluff City several times in November in their history, but most of those contests were at neutral-site events such as the Maui Invitational, NIT Season Tip-Off and Battle 4 Atlantis.
Tuesday's contest at Oklahoma State is only Memphis' fourth "true" road game in the month of November in the last 40 seasons.
The last time the Tigers played a "true" road game in November was in 2005-06. Memphis played Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off. The Tigers won that game 87-76.
The following lists the Tigers' "true" road games in November since 1973-74:
Year/Date Opponent Result
2013-14/Nov. 19 at Oklahoma St.^ ------
2005-06/Nov. 17 at Alabama# 87-76, W
1997-98/Nov. 21 at Vanderbilt 77-86, L
1990-91/Nov. 14 at Boston College# 78-82, L
# NIT Season Tip-Off
^ Old Spice Classic Opening Game
TIGERS IN RECENT ROAD OPENERS
Memphis plays its first road game of the season at Oklahoma State Tuesday.
Since the 1996-97 campaign, the Tigers have a 6-11 record (.353 winning percentage) in its opening road game of a season.
Memphis won its road opener last season with an 85-80 victory over in-state rival Tennessee on Jan. 4, 2013.
Under head coach Josh Pastner, the Tigers are 3-1 in road openers.
TIGERS VS. OKLAHOMA DIVISION I PROGRAMS IN THE SOONER STATE
In their history, the Tigers have played all four NCAA Division I programs from the state of Oklahoma.
Overall, Memphis is 37-18 (.673 winning percentage) against Sooner state foes Oklahoma (6-0), Oklahoma State (2-3), Oral Roberts (6-2) and Tulsa (23-13).
Against those four schools when playing in the state of Oklahoma, the Tigers are 13-7 (.650 winning percentage).
Memphis has won its last eight games (7 over Tulsa, 1 over Oklahoma) against the state of Oklahoma NCAA Division I programs inside the Sooner state lines.
The last time the Tigers dropped a game versus a state of Oklahoma NCAA Division I program inside the state lines was in the 1989-90 season. Memphis lost to Oklahoma State 93-66 in Stillwater, Okla., on Dec. 5, 1989.
MEMPHIS' RECORD IN THE SOONER STATE
In addition to playing on the campuses of the four NCAA Division I schools in Oklahoma, Memphis also played three postseason events in the Sooner state, and all three were recent.
All three postseason tournaments were played at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. The Tigers played in the 2010 and 2013 Conference USA Tournaments and 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Memphis went 3-2 in those three postseason appearances in the state of Oklahoma.
So, the Tigers' overall record against NCAA Division I opponents in the state of Oklahoma is 16-9 (.640 winning percentage).
TEAM USA REUNION TUESDAY
Tuesday's Memphis-Oklahoma State contest features a 2012 Team USA U18 reunion.
Tigers sophomore Shaq Goodwin and Cowboys sophomore Marcus Smart were teammates on the United States U18 squad in June of 2012.
The tandem helped the U.S. post a 5-0 record and win the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil.
Goodwin averaged 12.4 points (third on team) and 4.8 rebounds (fourth on team), while Smart started all five games and averaged 7.4 points, 4.0 assists, 3.6 steals and 3.4 rebounds.
MEMPHIS IN IN-SEASON TOURNEY OPENING GAMES
Tuesday's contest is the fourth in-season tournament "opening" game for the Tigers in recent seasons.
Tuesday's game versus Oklahoma State is an "opening" game for the 2013 Old Spice Classic.
The Tigers' first three in-season tournament "opening" games were played at FedExForum.
The following shows Memphis' in-season tournament "opening" game results:
Year Opponent/Tournament Result
2013-14 Oklahoma State/Old Spice ------
2012-13 Samford/Battle 4 Atlantis 65-54, W
2011-12 Belmont/Maui Invitational 97-81, W
2008-09 Fairfield/P.R. Shootout 90-63, W
TIGERS IN IN-SEASON TOURNAMENTS
Tuesday's encounter with Oklahoma State is the Tigers' "opening-round" contest in the 2013 Old Spice Classic.
The Tigers have a 97-65 overall record (.599 winning percentage) in regular-season tournaments/classics in the program's history.
Under head coach Josh Pastner, the Tigers have an 11-7 record (.611 winning percentage) in regular-season tournaments/classics.
Last season, Memphis was 2-2 in regular-season tournaments/classics. The Tigers competed in the Battle 4 Atlantis event in The Bahamas.
The Old Spice Classic is one of two regular-season tournaments/classics the Tigers are playing in this season. Memphis meets Florida in the Jimmy V Classic in New York City Dec. 17.
Memphis has won 16 in-season tournament titles/classics.
The last time the Tigers carried home the trophy from an in-season tournament (more than one game) came in 2010-11. Memphis won the Global Sports Challenge with wins over Centenary, Northwestern State, LSU and UT Martin.
OLD HAT AT GALLAGHER-IBA
For one Memphis Tiger, the trip to Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., won't be a new thing.
Senior Michael Dixon Jr. transferred to Memphis from the University of Missouri this past summer.
During his time as a Missouri Tiger, Dixon Jr. made two trips to Stillwater in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
However, Dixon Jr.'s trips were not successful, as Oklahoma State won both games. The Cowboys' 2011-12 win over Dixon Jr.'s Missouri team was when the Tigers were ranked No. 2 in the nation.