Will Barton's Career Night Paces No. 21/22 Memphis in 91-60 Win Over Austin Peay MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Will Barton scored 22 points, grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds and dished out a career-high tying six assists and Memphis connected on 15 three-point shots en route a 91-60 win over visiting Austin Peay. Adonis Thomas recorded 17 points on 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) shooting, including 5-of-6 (83.3 percent) from three-point range.
* NOTE: The University of Memphis Athletics Department and the M Club are tipping off their inaugural "Toys From Tigers" at the Memphis-Austin Peay game Saturday at 12 p.m. (CT) at FedExForum. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to Saturday's contest. The M Club and Athletics Department staff will collect the toys at FedExForum's main entrance.
Tigers On TV/Radio/Web Television: SportSouth/Comcast digital channel 52 (Pete Pranica, play-by-play; Sean Tuohy, color analyst)
Radio: WREC 600 AM (Dave Woloshin, play-by-play; Matt Dillon, color analyst; Forrest Goodman, studio host)
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis (5-2) hosts Austin Peay (4-4) Saturday, Dec. 8 at FedExForum. The game, to be televised on SportSouth, is scheduled for a 12 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 has been a successful one with back-to-back home victories over UT Martin 93-65 Nov. 29 and Ohio 84-58 Dec. 5.
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.
Before 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.
Three of Austin Peay's four victories came at home. Two of the Governors' four losses were road setbacks at Western Kentucky and DePaul.
The Governors return only one starter and seven letterwinners from last year's squad that went 12-20.
WHAT'S UP NEXT
The Tigers return to action Saturday, Dec. 15 with a home contest against No. 5/6 Louisville (7-1). The game, to be televised on Fox Sport Net (FSN), is slated for a 1:30 p.m. (CT) tip.
Austin Peay continues its short two-game road trip Sunday, Dec. 16, visiting Jonesboro, Ark., for a 2 p.m. (CT) encounter with Arkansas State.
WHAT THE GOVERNORS DID A YEAR AGO
Austin Peay posted a 12-20 overall record and an 8-8 Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) mark.
The Governors finished tied for sixth place in the OVC regular-season standings.
Austin Peay lost to Jacksonville State 75-70 in the OVC Tournament opening round.
SCOUTING THE GOVERNORS
Austin Peay enters Saturday's encounter with a 4-4 overall record.
The Governors have won two of their last three contests with victories over Berea and Oakland City.
The tandem of Travis Betran (15.1 ppg) and Anthony Campbell (12.9 ppg) paces the Governors' offense.
Four Austin Peay players -- Chris Freeman (7.4 rpg), Chris Horton (6.4 rpg), Will Triggs (5.4 rpg) and Campbell (5.0 rpg) -- average over five boards per game.
AJ Lynch is the squad's top playmaker with 28 assists (3.5 apg).
Betran and Corey Arentsen lead the Governors from the three-point arc, as each shoot 46.7 percent from the perimeter.
The Governors are shooting 45.7 percent from the field, 37.3 percent from the arc and 71.3 percent from the free throw line.
Austin Peay is out-rebounding its opponents by an average margin of +1.5 boards per contest (37.5-36.0).
A HOMECOMING FOR LOOS
Austin Peay head coach Dave Loos, a 1970 University of Memphis graduate, returns to the place where he began his coaching career.
Loos served as a student 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 23rd season as head coach at Austin Peay and has a 367-314 record at the school.
AND NEARLY A YEAR LATER...
Saturday's Memphis-Austin Peay contest will be a continuation of a Georgia high school hoops rivalry with the Tigers' Shaq Goodwin and the Governors' Chris Horton.
Last season, Goodwin's Southwest DeKalb team and Horton's Columbia squad played once, with Columbia taking a 65-54 victory in the Chik-fil-A Classic on Dec. 22, 2011.
Despite the loss, Goodwin posted a double-double of 20 points and 10 boards.
Goodwin (12.3 rpg) and Horton (10.3 rpg) were two of DeKalb County's top-five rebounders in 2011-12.
MEMPHIS VS. THE OHIO VALLEY
Memphis has an all-time 107-65 record (.622 winning percentage) against current Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) members.
The Tigers have played Austin Peay (17-4), Belmont (2-0), Eastern Kentucky (3-0), Jacksonville State (1-1), Morehead State (0-2), Murray State (34-27), Southeast Missouri (2-2), Tennessee Martin (14-5), 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 earlier this year when the Tigers defeated UT Martin 93-65 Nov. 29 at FedExForum.
The city of Memphis will be well represented in Saturday's contest between the Tigers and Governors.
The squads combine to have eight players from Memphis area on the two rosters.
Austin Peay has one player -- Kevin Covington (Wooddale High School) -- that calls Memphis home.
Memphis will be looking for a milestone in its FedExForum history Saturday when it meets Austin Peay.
The Tigers will be trying for win No. 150 at FedExForum. Memphis enters Saturday's contest with a 149-17 record at its home since 2004-05.
The following shows the Tigers' year-by-year record at FedExForum:
Record at FedExForum
TIGERS SUCCESS AT FEDEXFORUM
The Tigers have a 149-17 overall record (.898 winning percentage) at FedExForum since moving to the arena for the 2004-05 campaign.
Since the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, Memphis has won 139 of its last 150 home games (.927 winning percentage).
Against non-conference foes (regular-season only) at FedExForum since 2004-05, the Tigers have a 67-10 mark (.870 winning percentage).
Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis is 31-4 (.886 winning percentage) against non-league foes at FedExForum (includes 4-0 record so far this year).
BEST HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE
Since 2004-05, Memphis has won 149 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. 7)
TIGERS LOVE THOSE LONG HOMESTANDS
The Tigers opened a seven-game homestand Nov. 29 when they hosted UT Martin at FedExForum. The seven-game home stretch continues Saturday, Dec. 8 against Austin Peay.
After Saturday, Memphis hosts 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
No. of Games
*current homestand started Nov. 29
TIGERS VERSUS NCAA DIVISION I IN-STATE FOES
Memphis has an all-time 129-75 record (.632 winning percentage) against current in-state NCAA Division I basketball programs (12 total including Memphis).
The Tigers are playing three in-state NCAA Division I opponents this year in UT Martin Nov. 29, Austin Peay Dec. 8 and Tennessee Jan. 4.
Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis has an 11-2 record (.846 winning percentage) against in-state NCAA Division I foes. Pastner has coached against seven of the other 11 in-state NCAA Division I basketball schools.
THE JOHNSON EFFECT
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 came in the form of a season-high 21 points versus Ohio Dec. 5), 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: