Nov. 22, 2013
|| #11/11 Memphis (1-1) vs Nicholls (0-3)
||Saturday, November 23 - 5 p.m. CT | FedExForum
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The Last Meeting
December 21, 1994
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis returns home to FedExForum Saturday, Nov. 23 to host Nicholls in a non-conference contest. Game time is 5 p.m. (CT), and SportSouth is televising the encounter.
The Tigers are ranked No. 11 in both national polls this week. Nicholls is not ranked.
Memphis opened the 2013-14 season with a 1-1 record. The Tigers defeated Austin Peay 95-69 in their season opener Nov. 14 and lost to No. 7/9 Oklahoma State 101-80 in their road opener Nov. 19.
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.
Saturday's game is the fourth-straight road contest to open the 2013-14 season for Nicholls. The Colonels have played road games at Auburn (76-54 loss), North Texas (92-78 loss) and Troy (77-62 loss).
The Colonels returns four starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's squad.
WHAT THE COLONELS DID A YEAR AGO
Nicholls posted a 9-21 overall record and an 8-10 Southland Conference mark in 2012-13.
The Colonels finished in fifth place in the Southland Conference regular-season standings.
Nicholls dropped a narrow 62-59 decision to McNeese State in the Southland Conference Tournament opening round.
SCOUTING THE COLONELS
Nicholls brings a 0-3 overall record into Saturday's contest at Memphis.
Saturday's game is the fourth straight on the road for Nicholls. The Colonels have already played at Auburn (76-54 loss), North Texas (92-78 loss) and Troy (77-62 loss).
Saturday's game against Memphis ends Nicholls' four-game road trip to start 2013-14.
The senior backcourt tandem of Dantrell Thomas and Jeremy Smith paces the Colonels offense. Thomas, a 2013-14 preseason All-Southland Conference second team pick, leads the team with a 16.3 scoring average. Smith is Nicholls' second-leading scorer at 10.3 ppg.
The Colonels have three players averaging over five boards per game. Thomas leads Nicholls with a 5.7 rebounding average, and Smith and JaMarkus Horace each pull down 5.3 boards per game.
Thomas also leads the squad with eight assists and five steals.
T.J. Carpenter is the Colonels' top three-point threat at 44.4 percent from the arc.
Nicholls is shooting 39.9 percent from the floor, 28.3 percent from the three-point line and 56.5 percent from the foul line.
Opponents are out-rebounding the Colonels by an average margin of 7.7 boards per game (38.0-30.3).
J.P. Piper is in his 10th season as head coach at Nicholls. He has a 97-170 record at the school.
MEMPHIS VS. THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE
The Tigers have an all-time 31-5 record versus Southland Conference (SLC) foes (.861 winning percentage).
Memphis has played Central Arkansas (1-2), Houston Baptist (1-0), Lamar (4-1), McNeese State (2-0), New Orleans (8-0), Nicholls (1-0), Northwestern State (5-0), Oral Roberts (6-2), Sam Houston State (2-0), Southeastern Louisiana (1-0) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1-0).
The current Southland Conference members the Tigers have not played are Abilene Christian, Incarnate Word and Stephen F. Austin. Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word both joined the Southland Conference this season.
The last time the Tigers played a Southland Conference foe was in 2012-13. That season, Memphis defeated Oral Roberts 72-57 on Dec. 28, 2012, at FedExForum.
Josh Pastner is a perfect 5-0 against Southland Conference members.
THE NICHOLLS ROAD WARRIORS
The 2013-14 Nicholls men's basketball squad may want to petition for a nickname change from Colonels to Road Warriors.
Saturday's game at Memphis is Nicholls' fourth straight to open its 2013-14 campaign. The Colonels have played at Auburn (76-54 loss), North Texas (92-78 loss) and Troy (77-62 loss).
Although the road trip ends Saturday, it's only a brief home stay for Nicholls.
The Colonels return to Thibodaux, La., for two home games, before going on the road again for three more contests.
In all, Nicholls is playing seven of its first nine games on the road in 2013-14.
NEWBIE VS. OLD-TIMER
And, we're talking about conferences here.
Saturday's match-up features Memphis from the American Athletic Conference and Nicholls from the Southland Conference.
Memphis is a charter member of The American, which officially began its inaugural year on July 1, 2013.
2013 is the 50th-year celebration for the Southland Conference, which started in 1963. Nicholls joined the Southland Conference in 1991.
Nicholls is the first of four teams that will make their first trips to FedExForum this season.
However, the Colonels are the only non-conference team that is playing at FedExForum for the first time in 2013-14. The other three FedExForum newbies are league foes Connecticut Jan. 16, Rutgers Feb. 4 and Temple Feb. 22.
Last season, Memphis welcomed five newbies -- North Florida, Samford, Ohio, Oral Roberts, Loyola, Md., and Harvard -- to FedExForum and won all of those contests.
Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis has a 21-1 record (.955 winning percentage) against FedExForum newbies (2009-present).
In the Pastner era, the Tigers won their first 14 contests against opponents making their first trips to FedExForum. Murray State ended the streak with a narrow 76-72 win on Dec. 11, 2011.
TIGERS NEAR PERFECTION VS. LOUISIANA SCHOOLS IN 21ST CENTURY
Since the 2000-01 season, the Tigers have a 26-1 record (.963 winning percentage) against NCAA Division I schools from the state of Louisiana.
Memphis hosts Nicholls Saturday and Northwestern State Dec. 7. Memphis also could meet LSU at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando Nov. 29.
Head coach Josh Pastner has a 6-0 record versus state of Louisiana NCAA Division I schools.
The following is a breakdown of the Tigers' record versus NCAA Division I schools from the state of Louisiana since 2000-01:
Louisiana Tech 1-1
Northwestern State 2-0
Southeastern La. 1-0
TIGERS LOVE NOVEMBER
Since 1999-2000, Memphis has a 53-20 record (.726 winning percentage) in November.
Of the 20 November losses, 12 were to nationally-ranked teams.
The Tigers are 36-9 (.800 winning percentage) in November the last nine seasons (2005-06 to 2013-14), with four of the nine setbacks coming to ranked opponents.
TIGERS SUCCESS AT FEDEXFORUM
The Tigers have a 163-18 overall record (.901 winning percentage) at FedExForum since moving to the arena for the 2004-05 campaign.
Since the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, Memphis has won 153 of its last 165 home games (.927 winning percentage).
BEST HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE
Since 2004-05, Memphis has won 163 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. 21, 2013)
1. Memphis 163
2. Ohio State 155
3. Syracuse 153
4. Kansas 152
5. Louisville 150
A KING SCORER
Well, he's not at the top of the list, but Nick King's scoring performance in his first two collegiate games ranks up there with the best Tigers freshmen since 2000-01.
King scored 36 points in his first two collegiate games, the fourth-highest scoring performance by a freshman in his first two college contests.
King's 23 points were the most by a Memphis freshman in one of his first two college games since Dajuan Wagner scored 32 points in the second game of his college career in 2001-02 (versus Old Dominion).
The following lists the top-five, first-two collegiate game performances by a Tigers freshman since 2000-01:
Player/Year 1st Gm-2nd Gm-Total
Dajuan Wagner/2001-02 18-32-50
Tyreke Evans/2008-09 19-19-38
Derrick Rose/2007-08 17-21-38
Nick King/2013-14 13-23-36
Jeremy Hunt/2002-03 19-11-30
ALL GOOD STREAKS COME TO AN END
That's what happened for senior guards Michael Dixon Jr. and Joe Jackson in the Tigers' Nov. 19 game at Oklahoma State.
Both players had their streaks of consecutive games with an assist broken, as both did not have a helper versus Oklahoma State.
Dixon's streak ended at 20 straight, and Jackson's came to a close at 57 straight.