Memphis Basketball Notes Vs. Ohio

Dec. 4, 2012

Memphis (4-2) vs Ohio (6-1)
FedExForum (Memphis, Tenn.)
Wed., December 5, 2012 - 6 pm (CT) 

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  • Memphis (4-2) hosts Ohio (6-1) Wednesday, Dec. 5 at FedExForum. The game, to be televised on the CBS Sports Network (CBS SN), is scheduled for a 6 p.m. (CT) tip.
  • The Tigers are in the Also Receiving Votes category of the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll (No. 40). Memphis did not appear in the Associated Press poll.
  • The Tigers' return to the mainland was a successful one last Thursday (Nov. 29) with a 93-65 non-conference victory over UT Martin at FedExForum.
  • Prior to the Nov. 29 contest, Memphis went 2-2 in the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis, posting wins over Samford and Northern Iowa and falling to VCU and Minnesota.
  • Prior to its participation in the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis, Memphis opened its 2012-13 campaign with an 81-66 win over North Florida Nov. 12.
  • Memphis returns four starters and 11 letterwinners from last year's squad.
  • Ohio posted all six wins at home and dropped its one road contest at Robert Morris Dec. 1.
  • The Bobcats return all five starters and 12 letterwinners from their 2011-12 squad that posted a 29-8 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen.


  • The Tigers return to action Saturday, Dec. 8 with a home contest against Austin Peay (3-4). The game, to be televised on SportSouth, is slated for a 12 p.m. (CT) tip.
  • Ohio returns to Athens, Ohio, to open a two-game homestand Saturday, Dec. 8 with a contest versus Oakland. Game time is 1 p.m. (CT).


  • Ohio posted a 29-8 overall record and an 11-5 Mid-American Conference (MAC) mark. The Bobcats finished third in the MAC regular-season standings.
  • The Bobcats won the MAC Tournament crown.
  • Ohio advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen. The Bobcats upset Michigan and South Florida, before dropping a narrow overtime decision to North Carolina.


  • Ohio enters Wednesday's encounter with a 6-1 overall record, winning all six home games and dropping its road opener Dec. 1.
  • D.J. Cooper leads four Bobcats scoring in double figures with a 14.7 average. Walter Offutt (12.6 ppg), Ivo Baltic (11.1 ppg) and Nick Kellogg (10.7 ppg) also average double digits for Ohio.
  • Jon Smith is the team's top rebounder at 5.1 rpg, while Cooper is the squad's top playmaker with 51 assists (7.3 apg).
  • The Bobcats have four players that shoot 38 percent or better from the arc. Baltic shoots a team-best 66.7 percent from the arc, while Kellogg has a team-high 16 three-pointers made (47.1 percent).
  • Ohio is shooting 48.6 percent from the floor, 40.3 percent from the three-point line and 72.6 percent from the free throw line.
  • Opponents are out-rebounding the Bobcats by an average margin of +1.4 boards per contest (32.3-30.9).
  • The Bobcats are averaging 17.9 assists per game, and the Ohio defense is forcing its opponents to turn the ball over 21.1 times per game.


  • Ohio junior guard Nick Kellogg is the son of current CBS Sports college basketball lead analyst Clark Kellogg.
  • There is a tie between the Tigers and Clark Kellogg. Kellogg's first NCAA men's basketball game as CBS Sports' lead analyst was the Dec. 13, 2008, Memphis-Georgetown contest.


  • Memphis has a perfect 11-0 record versus current Mid-American Conference (MAC) schools.
  • The Tigers have played five of the 12 MAC programs. Those five MAC schools are Ball State (5-0), Eastern Michigan (1-0), Kent State (3-0), Miami, Ohio (1-0) and Toledo (1-0).
  • The last time Memphis faced a MAC program was the 2000-01 campaign when it met Miami, Ohio, in the Puerto Rico Shootout. The Tigers defeated the Redhawks 60-59 on Nov. 23, 2000, in the Shootout's opening round.


  • Ohio is the third of five first-time opponents Memphis faces in 2012-13.
  • The Tigers have already played North Florida (81-66 win Nov. 12) and Northern Iowa (52-47 win Nov. 24) and will meet Loyola, Md., Dec. 30 and Harvard Jan. 19.
  • Memphis has an all-time record of 153-70 (.686 winning percentage) when facing first-time foes.
  • Since 2000-01, the Tigers are 26-2 (.928 winning percentage) against first-time opponents. The only two setbacks against first-time opponents since 2000-01 were to Stanford (2000 Puerto Rico Shootout) and Duke (2005 Preseason NIT).
  • Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis is 5-0 against first-time foes.


  • The Tigers opened a seven-game homestand Nov. 29 when they hosted UT Martin at FedExForum. The seven-game home stretch continues Wednesday, Dec. 5 against Ohio.
  • After Wednesday, Memphis also hosts Austin Peay Dec. 8, No. 5/6 Louisville Dec. 15, Lipscomb Dec. 20, Oral Roberts Dec. 28 and Loyola, Md., Dec. 30.
  • This seven-game homestand is the longest since 2008-09 when the Tigers also played seven-straight home games in December and early January. Memphis posted a 6-1 record in that homestand, with the lone loss coming to No. 11 Syracuse.
  • To find a longer homestand in Tigers history, one has to go all the way back to the 1979-80 campaign when the Tigers played nine-straight at home from Dec. 1, 1979-Jan. 3, 1980. Memphis went 7-2 in that homestand.
  • The following are the longest Memphis homestands since 1974-75 and the Tigers' record during those homestands:
Longest Homestands Since 1974-75
Year No. of Games Record
1979-80 9 7-2
1975-76 9 9-0
1974-75 8 7-1
2012-13 7 1-0*
2008-09 7 6-1
1995-96 7 7-0
2005-06 6 6-1
* current homestand started Nov. 29


  • Memphis has an all-time 46-56 record (.451 winning percentage) against current NCAA Division I basketball programs from the state of Ohio (13 total).
  • The Tigers are playing two NCAA Division I opponents from the state of Ohio this year in Ohio Dec. 5 and Xavier Feb. 26.
  • The following shows the Tigers' all-time records against the NCAA Division I opponents from the state of Ohio:
Opponent Record
Akron 0-0
Bowling Green 0-0
Cincinnati 31-36
Cleveland State 1-0
Dayton 7-12
Kent State 3-0
Miami, Ohio 1-0
Ohio State 0-2
Ohio 0-0
Toledo 1-0
Wright State 0-0
Xavier 2-6
Youngstown State 0-0


  • The Tigers have a 148-17 overall record (.897 winning percentage) at FedExForum since moving to the arena for the 2004-05 campaign.
  • Since the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, Memphis has won 138 of its last 149 home games (.926 winning percentage).
  • Against non-conference foes (regular-season only) at FedExForum since 2004-05, the Tigers have a 66-10 mark (.868 winning percentage).
  • Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis is 30-4 (.882 winning percentage) against non-league foes at FedExForum (includes 3-0 record so far this year).


  • Since 2004-05, Memphis has won 148 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 Dec. 3)
1. Memphis 148
2. Ohio State 139
3. Kansas 137
4. Louisville 135
Pittsburgh 135
Syracuse 135


  • Memphis is among the winningest NCAA Division I programs since 2000-01 and 2005-06, but it doesn't end there.
  • The Tigers are a part of another elite group at the NCAA Division I level.
  • Memphis is one of nine programs that has won 20 or more games each of the last 10 seasons.
  • The following lists the nine NCAA Division I programs that have 20 or more wins the each of the last 10 years:
Utah State 


  • Most of the talk coming into 2012-13 was how junior college transfer Geron Johnson was going to help the Tigers offensively.
  • However, while his offense will eventually come, it's Johnson's defense that has helped Memphis early on.
  • Johnson had to sit out the Tigers' first three games due to an NCAA-imposed suspension, but has seen action in the last three contests.
  • The following shows the defensive improvement with Johnson on the floor:
Without Johnson Stat With Johnson
44.3 Opp. FG Pct. 38.7
44.4 Opp. 3-Pt. FG Pct. 33.9
+4.4 Rebound Margin +5.0


  • Freshman Shaq Goodwin had his first double-digit rebounding game Nov. 29 versus UT Martin (12 rebounds).
  • The 12 boards were the most by a Tigers freshman since Kareem Cooper pulled down 13 rebounds versus Southern Miss on Feb. 14, 2006.



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