Dec. 1, 2011
Tigers On TV/Radio/Web
Television: Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS)/Comcast digital channel 22 (Greg Gaston, play-by-play; Brian Oliver, color analyst)
Radio: WREC 600 AM (Dave Woloshin, play-by-play; Matt Dillon, color analyst; Forrest Goodman, studio host)
Web: Fans in certain states can watch the Memphis vs. Austin Peay game live in All-Access. Please note that video is not available for streaming in the CSS broadcast territory states (AR, KY, WV, NC, VA, TN, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA and TX) due to television broadcast restrictions.
SETTING THE SCENE
WHAT'S UP NEXT...
Memphis (3-2) hosts Austin Peay (0-8) in a non-conference game on Saturday, Dec. 3 at FedExForum. The game, to be televised on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS), is slated for a 7:30 p.m. (CT) start.
The Tigers are ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press (AP) and No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches polls, which were released Nov. 28. Austin Peay is unranked.
Memphis is off to a 3-2 start in 2011-12. The Tigers returned to the mainland with a 70-45 victory over Jackson State Nov. 28.
Memphis returns all five starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's squad.
Austin Peay is off to a 0-8 start, the worst beginning to a Governors' basketball campaign since 1963-64. The Governors dropped a 67-59 decision at Lipscomb in their last outing on Nov. 28.
Austin Peay returns four starters and nine letterwinners from last year's team that posted a 20-14 overall record and advanced to the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).
Memphis travels to Coral Gables, Fla., for a Dec. 6 showdown with Miami (Fla.).
Austin Peay hosts Arkansas State in Clarksville, Tenn., on Monday, Dec. 5.
WHAT THE TIGERS DID A YEAR AGO
Memphis finished 2011-12 with a 25-10 overall record and a 10-6 Conference USA mark.
The Tigers won the 2011 Conference USA Tournament title with a thrilling 67-66 win over UTEP on the Miners' homecourt.
Joe Jackson was named the C-USA Tournament MVP.
With the C-USA Tournament title, Memphis earned the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, where the No. 12 seed Tigers dropped a narrow 77-75 decision to No. 5 seed Arizona in the second round.
WHAT THE GOVERNORS DID LAST YEAR
Austin Peay posted a 20-14 overall record and a 13-5 Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) record. The Governors tied for second in the OVC regular season in 2010-11.
The Governors received a bid to the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) and dropped a narrow 83-80 decision at Boise State in the opening round.
SCOUTING THE GOVERNORS
Austin Peay brings a 0-8 record into Saturday's game.
The 0-8 start is the program's worst since the 1963-64 season.
Of their eight setbacks, five were by 10 or fewer points.
TyShwan Edmondson (13.4 ppg) and Josh Terry (12.1 ppg) lead the Governors offense.
Will Triggs is the squad's leading rebounder at 6.1 rpg.
Jerome Clyburn is tops on the team with 33 assists (4.1 apg), and Terry leads the squad with 18 steals.
Dave Loos is in his 22nd season as the head coach at Austin Peay. His record is 351-298 at the school.
MEMPHIS VS. OHIO VALLEY
Memphis has an all-time record of 103-62 against members of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). The Tigers have played Austin Peay (16-4), Eastern Kentucky (3-0), Jacksonville State (1-1), Morehead State (0-2), Murray State (34-26), Southeast Missouri State (2-2), Tennessee Martin (12-3), Tennessee State (8-0) and Tennessee Tech (27-24). The Tigers have never played Eastern Illinois and SIU-Edwardsville.
The last time Memphis played an OVC foe was last season when the Tigers hosted three OVC opponents at FedExForum. In 2010-11, Memphis defeated Tennessee Martin 102-80 Nov. 23, Austin Peay 70-68 (ot) Dec. 16 and Tennessee State 91-86 Jan. 2.
A HOMECOMING FOR LOOS
Austin Peay head coach Dave Loos, a 1969 University of Memphis graduate, returns to the place where he began his coaching career.
Loos served as a graduate assistant for the Tigers in 1970, and later came back as a full-time assistant from 1986-90.
Loos also lettered three seasons from 1966-69 for the Tigers basketball squad.
He is in his 22nd season as head coach at Austin Peay and has a 351-298 record at the school.
NOVEMBER, PLEASE DON'T GO...
Since 1999-2000, Memphis has a 48-17 record (.738 winning percentage) in November.
Of the 17 November losses, 11 were to nationally-ranked teams.
The Tigers are 31-6 (.838 winning percentage) in November since 2005-06 (includes 2011-12), with three of the six setbacks coming to ranked opponents.
The following shows Memphis' progress in November games since the 1999-2000 campaign:
Year Nov. Rec. Losses to Ranked Teams
2011-12 3-2 1
2010-11 5-0 0
2009-10 4-1 1
2008-09 4-1 0
2007-08 6-0 0
2006-07 4-1 1
2005-06 5-1 1
2004-05 4-2 2
2003-04 2-1 1
2002-03 2-1 0
2001-02 5-2 2
2000-01 2-3 2
1999-2000 2-2 0
Totals 48-17 11
... BUT DECEMBER'S ALSO BEEN GOOD TO THE TIGERS
Since the 1999-2000 season, the Tigers have a 58-25 record (.699 winning percentage) when playing in the month of December.
Memphis was 5-2 last December.
The Tigers have won 33 of its last 41 December contests (.805 winning percentage), dating back to the 2004-05 season.
The city of Memphis will be well represented in Saturday's game, as the two rosters combined have nine players from the Bluff City.
Austin Peay has one player -- Kevin Covington -- that calls Memphis home. He played his prep career at Wooddale High School.
On the Tigers' side, eight players hail from the Memphis area. Drew Barham, Tarik Black, Chris Crawford, Trey Draper, Ferrakohn Hall, Joe Jackson, Preston Laird and Adonis Thomas all are from Memphis.
THE VALUE OF THE ASSIST
This group of Tigers was unselfish as freshmen, and that trend continued in the 2011-12 season opener versus Belmont Nov. 15.
Memphis had 20 assists on 34 made baskets (58.8 percent) in its Nov. 15 victory over Belmont.
The Tigers returned to that formula in their win over Jackson State Nov. 28. Memphis recorded assists on 50 percent of its baskets made (13 assists/26 made baskets).
Last year, the Tigers had 16 games in which they earned assists on over half of their field goals made (min. 25 made FG in the game). Memphis had a 13-3 record in those games.
The 2011-12 season opener wasn't a squeaker for Josh Pastner and his Tigers, but his squads have a history of winning the close games.
Last season, Memphis had a 16-3 record in games decided by single digits, including a 13-2 mark in contests decided by five or fewer points.
In 2011-12, Memphis is 1-1 in single-digit outcome games, with both being overtime contests in the 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational.
This season, the Tigers are also 1-1 in games decided by five or fewer points.
Overall, Pastner's teams (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12) have a 24-11 record in games decided by single digits.
TIGERS NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS
Since 1999-2000, the Tigers have a non-conference record (including postseason) of 164-57 for a 74.2 winning percentage.
In 2010-11, Memphis had a 15-4 record against non-conference opponents (including postseason).
TIGERS SUCCESS AT FEDEXFORUM
The Tigers have a 129-15 overall record (.896 winning percentage) at FedExForum since moving into the arena for the 2004-05 campaign.
Since the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, Memphis has won 118 of its last 127 home games (.929 winning percentage).
BEST HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE
Since 2004-05, Memphis has won 129 games at FedExForum, the most home wins in the country over that span of time.
The following are the top three programs with the most home wins since 2004-05 (credit to Texas A&M SID for compiling this list):
Most Home Wins Since 2004-05
1. Memphis 129
2. Kansas 121
3. Texas A&M 117