Nov. 22, 2011
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis (1-1) plays in-state rival Tennessee (2-1) in the consolation bracket semifinals of the 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational Tuesday at 1 p.m. (CT). The game, to be televised by ESPN2, will be played at the Lahaina Civic Center.
Memphis is ranked No. 8 in both national polls that were released on Monday. Tennessee is unranked.
Both the Tigers and Volunteers are 1-1 in Maui Invitational play. Both won their opening games on the mainland last week (Memphis over Belmont; Tennessee over UNC Greensboro), but dropped their first games of the Championship Round Monday.
Tennessee leads the all-time series with Memphis 14-8. The Volunteers have won the last two meetings, including a 104-84 victory in Knoxville last season.
The Tigers' last win in the series was a 54-52 victory in Knoxville in the 2008-09 campaign.
Memphis and Tennessee have played three previous times in regular-season tournaments. The two in-state rivals met in the 1969 All-College Tournament (Oklahoma City, Okla.), 1988 Volunteer Classic and 1989 Mid-South Classic. The Volunteers hold a 2-1 edge in those meetings.
Tuesday's game is only the second time the two rivals have played on a neutral court. The last time Memphis and Tennessee played a neutral-site game was the 1969 All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City, Okla., which was the first meeting in the series history between the two programs.
Tuesday's match-up is the first of two encounters between Memphis and Tennessee this season. The two in-state rivals have their yearly game set for Jan. 4 at FedExForum in Memphis. It is the first time since the 1989-90 campaign that the Tigers and Volunteers will play twice in the same season. Memphis and Tennessee played in the 1989 Mid-South Classic (UofM win) and then met again in the opening round of the postseason NIT (UT win).
Josh Pastner is 0-2 versus Tennessee.
MEMPHIS VS. THE SEC
The Tigers have an all-time record of 90-68 against current members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
Memphis has played Alabama (5-2), Arkansas (10-11), Auburn (0-1), Florida (0-1), Georgia (1-1), Kentucky (1-0), LSU (3-2), Ole Miss (26-12), Mississippi State (13-11), South Carolina (18-5), Tennessee (8-14) and Vanderbilt (5-8).
Memphis has won nine of its last 14 contests against SEC opponents, and 14 of its last 20 games against the league.
The Tigers split their two SEC meetings in 2010-11. Memphis defeated LSU 70-61 in the 2010 Global Sports Challenge in Tupelo, Miss., but dropped a 104-84 decision to Tennessee in Knoxville.
MEMPHIS IN MAUI AND HAWAII TOURNAMENTS
The Tigers overall Maui Invitational record is now 7-7. Memphis is 1-1 in this year's event.
Memphis has an overall record of 9-9 when playing in Hawaii Tournaments.
OVERALL TOURNAMENT RECORD/NEUTRAL GAME RECORD
The Tigers' overall regular-season tournament/event record is now 89-57.
Memphis is 21-10 in neutral-site games since 2006-07 (includes this season).
TIGERS IN NOVEMBER
Memphis has a 46-16 record in the month of November since 1999-2000.
Of the 16 setbacks, 11 were to nationally-ranked teams.
Since 2005-06, Memphis is 29-5 in November games, with three of the five losses to nationally-ranked foes.
THE VALUE OF THE ASSIST
In their season opener, Memphis recorded 20 assists on 34 made baskets (58.8 percent). But, it was a different story vs. Michigan. In the loss to the Wolverines, the Tigers managed only six assists on 19 baskets (31.6 percent).
Last year, Memphis was 9-7 when it recorded 13 or fewer assists in a game. All nine wins were single-digit victories.