Nov. 30, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE
The No. 21/19 University of Memphis squad (4-1) continues play in the 2013 Old Spice Classic Sunday, Dec. 1 when it meets No. 5/8 Oklahoma State (7-0) in the championship bracket title contest at HP Field House in Orlando, Fla. The game, to be televised on ESPN2, is set for a 6:30 p.m. (CT) tip.
The Last Meeting
|#7/9 Oklahoma State||101
November 19, 2013
Hot-Shooting Oklahoma State Defeats Memphis, 101-80
No. 7/9 Oklahoma State (4-0) took a lead midway through the first half and never looked back as it handed the University of Memphis men's basketball team (1-1) a 101-80 loss Tuesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The Tigers advanced to the Old Spice Classic championship bracket title game with a 76-69 victory over LSU Friday. The Cowboys defeated Butler 69-67 to reach the Classic’s championship game.
MEMPHIS-OKLAHOMA STATE SERIES
The Cowboys lead the all-time series 4-2 and have won the last three meetings. The two programs met just 12 days ago in Stillwater, Okla., and Oklahoma State defeated Memphis 101-80. The Cowboys also won the two encounters prior to Nov. 19, 2013, with victories in the 2004 NCAA Tournament (70-53, Mar. 21, 2004) and a 1989 regular-season match-up (93-66, Dec. 5, 1989).
Memphis’ last win in the series was an 89-51 victory at the Mid-South Coliseum in the Bluff City Dec. 30, 1986.
MEMPHIS VERSUS THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE
The Tigers have an all-time 36-18 record (.667 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 (2-4), 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 12 days ago when the Tigers played Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. The Cowboys posted a 101-80 win over Memphis on Nov. 19, 2013.
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 Mar. 30, 2008, propelling Memphis to the Final Four.
NOT A CLOSE SERIES
Memphis and Oklahoma State have met six 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., on Dec. 9, 1970.
Since then, the average margin of victory in the last five meetings is 23.8 points. Of the last five 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 six games, the average margin of victory is 20.8 points.
A FINAL FOUR “FEEL” SUNDAY
The 2014 NCAA Final Four is still five months away, but the two staffs in Sunday’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 2012 TEAM USA REUNION SUNDAY
Sunday’s Memphis-Oklahoma State match-up in the 2013 Old Spice Classic championship game 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 duo helped the U.S. post a 5-0 record to 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.
FOUR EQUALS 110 EQUALS NO. 5
The equation may look a little off, but it makes sense for Memphis head coach Josh Pastner. With the Tigers’ 76-69 win over LSU Friday, Pastner now has 110 career victories as Memphis’ head coach (110-35 record). Pastner’s 110 wins make him the fifth-winningest head coach in Tigers history.
Pastner moved past Bob Vanatta, who compiled 109 wins (109-34 record) from 1956-62. The four Memphis head coaches ahead of Pastner are Larry Finch (220 wins), John Calipari (214), Zach Curlin (173) and Dana Kirk (158).
TIGERS GOING FOR 100
Memphis faces Oklahoma State Sunday for the 2013 Old Spice Classic championship, and with a win, the Tigers would record their 100th win when playing in in-season tournaments/classics. The Tigers currently have a 99-66 record (.600 winning percentage) in in-season tournaments/classics.
With a win Sunday, Memphis would win its first bracketed tournament/classic title since the 2007-08 season. The Tigers won the 2007 2k Sports College Hoops Classic (defeated Connecticut 81-70 for the crown). Memphis won the 2010 Global Sports Challenge with a 4-0 record in the event, but it was not a bracketed tournament/classic.
Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis has a 13-8 record (.619 winning percentage) in in-season tournaments/classics.
MEMPHIS PLAYING IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA UPDATES
The Tigers now are 11-2 (.846 winning percentage) when playing NCAA Division I opponents in the state of Florida since 2000-01 … Memphis now is 6-2 (.750 winning percentage) when playing in the Orlando area in the program’s history (4-1 vs. UCF, 2-0 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 4-2 in in-season tournaments played in the state of Florida in the program’s history (2-0 in 2013 Old Spice Classic, 1-1 in the 1976 Big Sun Tournament, 1-1 in the 1974 Gator Bowl Tournament).
MEMPHIS PLAYERS UPDATES FROM FRIDAY’S SEMIFINAL
Joe Jackson moved up to the No. 18 spot on the Memphis career scoring chart with his 16 points vs. LSU. He now has 1,283 career points and moved past Antonio Anderson (1,277 points) in the LSU game … Chris Crawford netted 17 points vs. LSU Friday and inched closer to the 1,000-point milestone. He now has 971 career points … With his 9-of-11 performance from the free throw line in the first two games, Joe Jackson moved up both FT made and FT attempts charts. Jackson now is No. 6 on the FT made chart (390) and No. 9 on FT attempts list (505) … Freshman Austin Nichols has scored in double figures in the last three games, including 19 points vs. LSU Friday. Nichols is averaging 17.0 points in the last three games. He also is averaging 7.3 boards in those three contests … David Pellom, who underwent knee surgery Nov. 7, played a season-high 10 minutes vs. LSU Friday. Pellom scored four points and pulled down five boards in his limited minutes vs. LSU Friday.