Nov. 29, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE
The University of Memphis squad (3-1) continues play in the 2013 Old Spice Classic Friday, Nov. 29 when it faces LSU (4-1) in a championship bracket semifinal at HP Field House in Orlando, Fla. The game, to be televised on ESPN2, is set for a 4:30 p.m. (CT) tip.
The Tigers advanced to the Old Spice Classic championship bracket semifinal with an 87-60 victory over Siena Thursday. The LSU Tigers defeated Saint Joseph’s 82-65.
Memphis leads the all-time series 3-2, with the Tigers winning the last two games at neutral sites. In the last meeting in 2010-11, Memphis defeated LSU 70-61 in the Global Sports Challenge in Tupelo, Miss. (Nov. 21, 2010). Memphis also won the other neutral-site encounter in the 1992 Maui Invitational, a 70-66 victory in the tournament’s third-place contest (Nov. 23, 1992).
The Memphis-LSU encounter that most Tigers fans on both sides remember is the 1986 NCAA Tournament second-round match-up. LSU, playing on its homecourt in Baton Rouge, defeated Memphis 83-81. LSU advanced to the 1986 NCAA Final Four.
MEMPHIS VERSUS THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
The Tigers have a 104-77 all-time record (.574 winning percentage) against 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), Missouri (7-5), South Carolina (18-5), Tennessee (11-14), Texas A&M (4-4) and Vanderbilt (5-8).
Memphis has won 13 of its last 19 contests against SEC opponents, and 18 of its last 25 games against the league. The last time the Tigers faced an SEC opponent was last season. Memphis played Tennessee and defeated the Volunteers 85-80 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis is 4-3 versus the SEC.
MEMPHIS NEAR PERFECTION VS. LOUISIANA SCHOOLS IN 21ST CENTURY
Since the 2000-01 season, the Tigers have a 27-1 record (.964 winning percentage) against NCAA Division I schools from the state of Louisiana. Memphis plays LSU Friday in the championship bracket semifinal of the Old Spice Classic and also hosts Northwestern State at FedExForum Dec. 7. The Tigers already defeated Nicholls 98-59 Nov. 23.
Head coach Josh Pastner has a 7-0 record versus state of Louisiana NCAA Division I schools.
In the 21st century, Memphis has played LSU (1-0), Louisiana Tech (1-1), Nicholls (1-0), Northwestern State (2-0), Southeastern Louisiana (1-0) and Tulane (21-0).
MEMPHIS VS. FORMER HEAD COACH
For the second time in recent years, Memphis is facing former Tigers head coach Johnny Jones. Jones served as the program’s interim head coach for the 1999-2000 season and guided Memphis to a 15-16 record. Prior to taking over as the interim head coach, Jones was the Tigers associate head coach from 1997-99. During his time as the associate head coach, Jones helped lead the Tigers to the 1997-98 Conference USA National Division title and an NIT berth.
Another face on the LSU bench Memphis fans will recognize is assistant coach Charlie Leonard. He coached and also served as assistant athletics director at Christian Brothers University (located in Memphis) from 1990-97. Leonard joined Jones’ staff at Memphis for the 1999-2000 season.
A MEAN GREEN REUNION
Friday’s Memphis-LSU match-up features a North Texas Mean Green reunion. Memphis athletics trainer Brad Anderson, who came to the Bluff City in 2009, served in the same role for the North Texas basketball program from 2006-09 when Johnny Jones was the Mean Green head coach. Current LSU assistant coach Charlie Leonard also was on staff at North Texas during that time.
MEMPHIS PLAYING IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA UPDATES
The Tigers now are 10-2 (.833 winning percentage) when playing NCAA Division I opponents in the state of Florida since 2000-01 … Memphis now is 5-2 (.714 winning percentage) when playing in the Orlando area in the program’s history (4-1 vs. UCF, 1-0 in Old Spice Classic, 0-1 in NCAA Tournament) … The Tigers are playing in only their third in-season tournament in the state of Florida this weekend … Memphis now is 3-2 in in-season tournaments played in the state of Florida in the program’s history.
MEMPHIS PLAYERS NOTES FROM THURSDAY’S OPENING ROUND
Joe Jackson moved up to the No. 19 spot on the Memphis career scoring chart with his 18 points vs. Siena. He now has 1,267 career points and moved past James Bradley (1,254 points) and Bobby Parks (1,266 points) in the win over the Saints. Up next for Jackson is Antonio Anderson in the No. 18 spot (1,277 points) … Shaq Goodwin recorded his second career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds in Thursday’s win. His first collegiate double-double came last season vs. UT Martin with 17 points and a career-high 12 boards (Nov. 29, 2012) … Goodwin’s double-double was the second of the season for a Tigers player. Geron Johnson had the Tigers’ first double-double this season with 11 points and 10 boards in the season opener vs. Austin Peay … Freshman Austin Nichols pulled down a season-high nine rebounds in the victory over Siena.