Memphis Basketball Notes
Dec. 6, 2010
NOTE: The University of Memphis Alumni Association is holding a pregame pep rally at 5 p.m. (ET) at The Club Bar & Grill in Madison Square Garden. Admission to the pep rally is complimentary to those with a valid ticket to the game.
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MEMPHIS TO FACE KANSAS IN JIMMY V CLASSIC TUESDAY IN NEW YORK CITY
Tuesday's match-up of nationally-ranked squads is the first of a doubleheader in the 2010 Jimmy V Classic. The Classic doubleheader wraps up Jimmy V Week on the ESPN family of networks.
The Tigers enter Tuesday's game after sweeping through the 2010 Global Sports Challenge with a 4-0 record. Memphis defeated Centenary 104-40, Northwestern State 94-79, LSU 70-61 and Tennessee Martin 102-80 to claim the top spot in the Global Sports Challenge.
In the midst of playing in the Global Sports Challenge, Memphis posted a hard-fought 72-68 win over Miami (Fla.) on Nov. 15. Since finishing play in the Global Sports Challenge, the Tigers defeated Arkansas State 78-71 in overtime Dec. 1 and Western Kentucky 77-61 Dec. 4.
Memphis, picked to reclaim the Conference USA crown in most preseason publications and websites, returns two starters and six letterwinners from last year's squad that won 24 games (24-10 record) and advanced to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) second round.
Kansas, ranked No. 4 in both national polls, brings a perfect 7-0 mark into Tuesday's encounter. The Jayhawks' last two wins came over Pac-10 Conference foes Arizona and UCLA. Kansas posted an 87-79 win over the Wildcats to claim the Las Vegas Invitational Nov. 27 and then defeated the Bruins 77-76 Dec. 2 in Lawrence, Kan., in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
SCOUTING THE JAYHAWKS
The Jayhawks were picked to finish second in the Big 12 Conference preseason poll, as voted on by the league's coaches. Junior Marcus Morris was named to the preseason All-Big 12 Team, and freshman Josh Selby was selected the league's Freshman of the Year. Selby and Tyshawn Taylor received preseason All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention distinction.
Marcus Morris leads four Jayhawks averaging in double figures with an 18.6 scoring average. Markieff Morris (11.9 ppg), Taylor (10.4 ppg) and Tyrel Reed (10.1 ppg) are also averaging double digits in the scoring column. Markieff Morris leads Kansas on the glass with a 9.1 rebounding average, followed by Marcus Morris at 6.3 rpg. Taylor is tops on the team with 47 assists (6.7 apg), while Brady Morningstar leads the squad with 15 steals.
Kansas is shooting 56.9 percent from the field, 40.3 percent from the three-point arc and 64.5 percent from the free throw line. The Jayhawks are out-rebounding their opponents by an average margin of +5.6 boards per game (38.3-32.7). Kansas is averaging over 20 assists per game (21.1), and the Jayhawks defense is forcing 17.7 turnovers per contest.
MEMPHIS VS. THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE
The last time Memphis played a Big 12 Conference opponent was the 2009-10 campaign when the Tigers played Kansas in the Hall of Fame Showcase in St. Louis, Mo. The Jayhawks won that encounter, a narrow 57-55 victory at the Scottrade Center.
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, propelling Memphis to the Final Four.
TWO OF 21ST CENTURY WINNINGEST PROGRAMS MEET TUESDAY
In fact, two of the 21st century's winningest basketball programs meet Tuesday in the first game of the Jimmy V Classic when the Tigers and Jayhawks face off at Madison Square Garden. The following shows the comparison:
Most College Basketball Wins
MEMPHIS HISTORY IN JIMMY V CLASSIC
In its first Jimmy V Classic appearance in the 2004-05 campaign (Dec. 7, 2004), the Tigers dropped a 70-51 decision to No. 11 Pittsburgh. The 2004 Classic was the event's 10th anniversary.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME?
Memphis played in Madison Square Garden six-straight seasons from 2000-01 through 2005-06. The Tigers played in the postseason NIT final four in 2001, 2002 and 2005, winning the NIT championship in 2002. Memphis also played in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in 2002, 2003 and 2004, Jimmy V Classic in 2004 and NIT Season Tip-Off in 2005.
In the 2007-08 season, the Tigers made their ninth and 10th trips to New York. Memphis' first trip that year was to participate in the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic in mid-November (Nov. 15-16, 2007). Memphis posted wins over Oklahoma and Connecticut at Madison Square Garden en route to the 2K Sports title. A little over two weeks later (Dec. 4, 2007), the Tigers returned to Madison Square Garden and played Southern Cal in the 2007 Jimmy V Classic. The Tigers recorded a 62-58 overtime win over the Trojans.
MEMPHIS IN NYC TOURNAMENTS/CLASSICS
That year, the Tigers played in both the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic and the Jimmy V Classic. Memphis won the 2K Sports championship with wins over Oklahoma and Connecticut at Madison Square Garden. The Tigers then defeated Southern Cal 62-58 in overtime in the Jimmy V Classic.
Memphis has visited Madison Square Garden 11 times as a participant in the postseason National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The Tigers' postseason NIT appearance in 2002 resulted in the school's first championship. Memphis defeated South Carolina 72-62 in the 2002 title contest. The Tigers also participated in the NIT in 1957, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1967, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1990, 1991, 1998, 2001 and 2005.
In regular-season tournaments, Memphis has played in 2K Sports/Coaches vs. Cancer (2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2007-08), ECAC Holiday Festival (1987-88, 1991-92), Preseason NIT/NIT Season Tip-Off (1986-87, 1994-95, 2005-06) and Jimmy V Classic (2004-05, 2007-08). Memphis has an overall record of 16-20 in tournaments/classics in New York City.
PASTNER IN NYC/AT MSG
As a player in 1999, Pastner was a member of the Wildcat squad that won the Preseason NIT. As an assistant coach from 2003-08 at Arizona, Pastner made three visits to Madison Square Garden from 2003-06.
In 2003 and 2006, Arizona, with Pastner on the bench as an assistant, played in the Jimmy V Classic. The Wildcats defeated Texas in the 2003 Classic and Louisville in the 2006 event. In 2004, the Wildcats played in the Preseason NIT and finished runner-up to Wake Forest (1-1 record).
NOT A NEWBIE TO MSG
Will Barton played in the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden this past April. The 6-foot-6 guard was a member of the West Team and had 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one block in 17 minutes of action. The Baltimore, Md., native scored his 15 points on 7-of-13 field goals and 1-of-1 free throws. Barton's West Team posted a 129-125 win over the East Team.
BREWSTER (ACADEMY) REPRESENTIN'
In 2008-09, Kansas' Thomas Robinson played for Brewster Academy and helped lead the Bobcats to an 18-6 overall record. Robinson was named to the prep school All-America first team.
AN EXTENDED FAMILY AFFAIR
All three played a season at Lake Clifton High School in Baltimore, Md., but in different seasons. The Bartons played for the Lakers in the 2008-09 season and helped lead Lake Clifton to a perfect 28-0 record and the Maryland 3A state championship. Selby played for Lake Clifton in the 2009-10 season and averaged 32 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
THEY ALL HAVE RINGS
Syracuse's Jim Boeheim (2003), Michigan State's Tom Izzo (2000) and Kansas' Bill Self (2008) all have NCAA crowns as head coaches at their respective schools. Memphis head coach Josh Pastner earned his NCAA championship ring as a player on the 1997 Arizona squad. That Wildcat team is still the only one in NCAA Tournament history to defeat three No. 1 seeds en route to the title.
YOUTH VERSUS EXPERIENCE
To take it further, the starting lineup for Memphis in its last outing included two juniors, two freshmen and one sophomore. For Kansas, its last game starters were three juniors and two seniors.
TIGERS ON PEARL HARBOR DAY
The Tigers dropped their last game played on Pearl Harbor Day in the 2004-05 campaign. Memphis fell to Pittsburgh 70-51 in the Jimmy V Classic. The last time Memphis won a game on Pearl Harbor Day was in the 2002-03 season, and the Tigers defeated Furman 72-55 at The Pyramid.
PASTNER VERSUS SELF
In 2000-01, Pastner served as an undergraduate assistant coach on Olson's staff, and the Wildcats advanced all the way to the 2001 NCAA title game. En route to the championship game, Arizona defeated Self and the Fighting Illini in the Midwest Region final 87-81.
Ironically, Illinois beat Kansas 80-64 in the Midwest Region semifinal to move on and face Arizona. The 2001 NCAA Midwest Regional was held in San Antonio, Texas.
PASTNER VERSUS KANSAS
In his time in Tucson, Pastner and the Wildcats played Kansas seven times, and the Jayhawks held a narrow 4-3 edge in those seven meetings. The last time a Pastner-associated Arizona squad met Kansas was in the 2007-08 season, and the Jayhawks posted a 76-72 overtime victory in Lawrence on Nov. 25, 2007. The last Arizona win was a 61-49 victory in the Maui Invitational on Nov. 21, 2005.
PASTNER'S MEMORABLE MOMENT VS. KANSAS
As a freshman in 1996-97, Pastner and his Arizona teammates got on a roll in the NCAA Tournament, and went up against the tournament's overall No. 1 seed in Kansas in the Southeast Region semifinal (Sweet Sixteen) in Birmingham, Ala. The Jayhawks were 34-1 and faced a 21-9 Arizona squad. The Wildcats pulled the 85-82 upset.
Arizona went on to win the 1997 NCAA title, and en route to the championship, became the first team in tournament history to defeat three No. 1 seeds to win the title. In addition to No. 1 seed Kansas, the Wildcats defeated No. 1 North Carolina in the national semifinal and No. 1 Kentucky in the championship game.
For more notes on the Memphis-Kansas game, click on the pdf link at the top of the page.