Dec. 16, 2013
|| #15/14 Memphis (7-1) vs #16/17 Florida (7-2)
||Tuesday, December 17 - 8:00 p.m. CT | New York, N.Y./Madison Square Garden
|| How to Follow
Tigers On TV/Radio/Web
Television: ESPN (Dan Shulman, play-by-play; Dick Vitale, analyst)/ Memphis Comcast channel 23
Radio: Newsradio 600 WREC (Dave Woloshin, play-by-play; Matt Dillon, color analyst; Forrest Goodman, studio host)
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis (7-1, 0-0 The American) travels to New York, N.Y., Tuesday, Dec. 17 to meet Florida in the 2013 Jimmy V Classic. Game time is 8 p.m. (CT). ESPN is televising the Jimmy V Classic doubleheader.
The Memphis-Florida game also can be viewed via the web at ESPN3.com/WatchESPN.
The Tigers remained in both national polls Dec. 9. Memphis stayed at the No. 16 spot in the Associated Press poll and the No. 15 position in the USA Today coaches poll. Florida is ranked No. 19 in both national polls (the Dec. 16 rankings had not been released by the time this notes package was printed).
Memphis enters Tuesday's contest on a six-game win streak with victories over Nicholls, Siena, LSU, No. 5/8 Oklahoma State, Northwestern State and UALR.
The Tigers are 3-0 in neutral-site games this season, posting all three wins in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 28-Dec. 1 to take the 2013 Old Spice Classic championship.
Memphis returns three starters, but only five letterwinners from last year's squad.
Tuesday's contest is the Gators' first neutral-site game. However, Florida has played three road contests at Wisconsin, Jacksonville and Connecticut (1-2 record).
Florida returns two starters and six letterwinners from last year's squad.
WHAT THE TIGERS DID A YEAR AGO
Memphis posted a 31-5 overall record and a perfect 16-0 Conference USA mark in 2012-13.
The Tigers swept the 2012-13 Conference USA titles, taking both the regular-season and tournament crowns. It was the sixth time in the last eight years that Memphis swept the C-USA championships.
The 30-win season was the sixth in the program's history, and the 31 victories are tied for the fifth-most in school history.
The 16-0 league record was the fourth time in the last seven seasons the Tigers went unbeaten in conference action.
Josh Pastner and Joe Jackson swept Conference USA's top two honors, winning the league's Gene Bartow Coach of the Year and Player of the Year Awards, respectively. Chris Crawford was named C-USA's Sixth Man of the Year.
Crawford was voted the C-USA Tournament MVP after leading the Tigers to the league postseason title with a thrilling 91-79 double-overtime win over Southern Miss. Crawford hit a C-USA Tournament record 19 three-pointers in three games.
The Tigers earned C-USA's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the third round with a 54-52 second-round victory over Saint Mary's. Memphis fell to Michigan State 70-48 in the third round.
WHAT THE GATORS DID A YEAR AGO
Florida posted a 29-6 overall record and a 14-4 Southeastern Conference (SEC) mark in 2012-13.
The Gators won the SEC regular-season crown and finished as the SEC Tournament runner-up, falling to Ole Miss 66-63 in the title game.
Florida earned the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament South Region and advanced to the Elite Eight, where the Gators fell to Michigan.
SCOUTING THE GATORS
Florida, ranked No. 19 in both national polls released Dec. 9, brings a 7-2 record into Tuesday's Jimmy V Classic match-up.
Tuesday's game at Madison Square Garden is the Gators' first on a neutral court this season.
Florida was picked second in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) preseason coaches poll.
Seniors Scott Wilbekin and Patric Young both were named to the 2013-14 preseason All-SEC second team.
Senior Casey Prather leads five Gators averaging in double figures at 18.3 ppg. Wilbekin (13.0 ppg), Michael Frazier (12.3 ppg), Dorian Finney-Smith (11.0 ppg) and Young (10.4) also average double digits for Florida.
Three Gators average over five boards per game in Finney-Smith (7.7 rpg), Prather (6.1 rpg) and Young (5.3 rpg). Will Yeguete is just under five rebounds per game (4.9).
Wilbekin leads Florida in both assists (23; 5.8 apg) and steals (14; 3.5 spg).
Frazier (52.2 percent) and Wilbekin (46.2 percent) are Florida's top three-point threats. Frazier leads the SEC in three-point field goal percentage.
The Gators are shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 37.6 percent from the arc and 67.4 percent from the free throw line.
Florida is out-rebounding its opponents by margin of +2.3 boards per game (35.1-32.8).
MEMPHIS RECEIVES NCAA PUBLIC RECOGNITION AWARD FOR fourth YEAR
For the fourth-straight year, the Memphis men's basketball team received an NCAA Public Recognition Award, given to teams with APRs in the top-10 percent of their respective sports.
Memphis was one of 10 schools in the nation to receive an NCAA Public Recognition Award and also participate in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Memphis also was the only men's basketball program in Conference USA to earn an NCAA Public Recognition Award.
The NCAA Public Recognition Awards are based on the sports' most-recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR). This year, the top performing APR scores ranged from 978 to a perfect 1,000. The most-recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.
TIGERS SUCCESS IN THE CLASSROOM
December 14, 2013, capped off an amazing calendar year for the Tigers off the court.
On that day, the ninth and 10th players to earn their bachelor's degrees in the 2013 calendar year walked at December commencement.
Joe Jackson and Hippolyte Tsafack are the two Tigers that participated in December commencement. Both earned their degrees at the end of the University's summer session, but were unable to walk at August's commencement due to prior commitments.
So, 10 Tigers have graduated in the 2013 calendar year, including five juniors and five seniors.
By the time the 2014 portion of the 2013-14 schedule begins, the Tigers will have five players -- Chris Crawford, Trey Draper, Jackson, David Pellom (George Washington graduate transfer) and Tsafack -- that have walked at commencement on their bench.
The following lists the nine graduates under Pastner in the 2013 calendar year:
Spring 2013 Grads Summer 2013 Grads
Ferrakohn Hall (Sr.) Antonio Barton (Jr.)^
Charles Holt (Sr.) Trey Draper (Jr.)
Stan Simpson (Sr.) Joe Jackson (Jr.)
D.J. Stephens (Sr.) Hippolyte Tsafack (Jr.)
Tarik Black (Jr.)*
Fall 2013 Grad
Chris Crawford (Sr.)
*transferred to Kansas ^transferred to Tennessee
%earned second bachelor's degree
21ST CENTURY WINNINGEST PROGRAMS MEET TUESDAY
Tuesday's Memphis-Florida match-up features two of NCAA Division I's winningest basketball programs in the 21st century.
Entering Tuesday's game, Memphis is the third-winningest NCAA Division I program since 2000-01 with 365 wins (trails only Kansas' 396 and Duke's 395).
Florida has won 344 games since 2000-01 and is the eighth-winningest NCAA Division I program over that span of time.
Both schools also are among the winningest NCAA Division I programs since 2005-06.
Memphis' 250 wins since 2005-06 are the second-most in NCAA Division I basketball (trails only Kansas with 259).
Florida is in the No. 6 spot on the winningest programs list since 2005-06 with 229 victories.
Memphis and Florida have played one common opponent to date this season, and the following shows those results:
Memphis Opponent Florida
73-59, W (H) UALR 86-56, W (H)
LONG TIME, NO SEE
For the first time in 37 seasons, Memphis and Florida meet again on the hardwood.
The last meeting came in the 1976-77 season.
The Tigers and Gators faced off in the Big Sun Tournament championship game in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Gators won that contest 84-83.
LAST TIME THAT... VERSUS SEC FOES
However, Florida is not the longest drought (37 seasons) for Memphis in meetings with Southeastern Conference foes.
The longest drought is still continuing with Auburn, which last played Memphis in 1952-53.
The following lists the SEC schools and the last season Memphis played each program:
SEC Opponent Season Last Played
Ole Miss^ 2009-10
Mississippi State# 2007-08
South Carolina 2003-04
Texas A&M*# 2006-07
Italics indicate last played before 21st century
%Old Spice Classic (Orlando, Fla.; Nov. 29, 2013)
^2010 NIT (Oxford, Miss.)
*Met programs when members of Big 12 Conference
MEMPHIS VERSUS THE SEC
The Tigers have an all-time record of 105-77 (.577 winning percentage) against Southeastern Conference (SEC) members.
Memphis has played Alabama (5-2), Arkansas (10-11), Auburn (0-1), Florida (0-1), Georgia (1-1), Kentucky (1-0), LSU (4-2), Ole Miss (26-12), Mississippi State (13-11), Missouri (7-5), South Carolina (18-5), Tennessee (11-14), Texas A&M (4-4) and Vanderbilt (5-8).
Memphis has won 14 of its last 20 contests against SEC opponents, and 19 of its last 26 games against the league.
Memphis has won its last four games against SEC foes, dating back to 2011-12. The Tigers defeated Tennessee in three of the last four meetings against SEC opponents.
The last time the Tigers faced an SEC opponent was 19 days ago on Nov. 29, 2013. Memphis posted a come-from-behind 76-69 victory over LSU in the 2013 Old Spice Classic semifinal round in Orlando, Fla.
PASTNER VERSUS DONOVAN
Although Tuesday's game is the first between the two as head coaches, Memphis' Josh Pastner and Florida's Billy Donovan have been on opposing benches two previous times.
Both meetings came when Pastner served as an assistant under Hall of Famer Lute Olson at Arizona.
The two encounters came in in-season tournaments/classics in 2001-02 and 2003-04.
The first Arizona/Pastner-Florida/Donovan meeting was in the 2001 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, and the Wildcats won 75-71.
In 2003-04, the two programs played in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic, and the Gators posted a 78-77 victory.
IT'S AN NCAA RING THING
Both head coaches in Tuesday's Memphis-Florida match-up have NCAA title rings.
Memphis head coach Josh Pastner won his NCAA title as a player on the 1996-97 Arizona squad.
Florida head coach Billy Donovan led his Gators to back-to-back NCAA titles in 2005-06 and 2006-07.
2012 TEAM USA U18 REUNION TUESDAY
Tuesday's Memphis-Florida contest features a 2012 Team USA U18 reunion.
Tigers sophomore Shaq Goodwin and Gators head coach Billy Donovan were a part of the United States U18 squad in June of 2012. Donovan served as Team USA's U18 head coach.
Goodwin and Donovan helped the U.S. post a 5-0 record and 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).
Goodwin led the squad in field goal percentage (80 percent) and free throw percentage (77.8 percent).
In the opening-game win over the U.S. Virgin Islands, Goodwin netted 30 points on 12-of-12 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws.
His 30-point performance was the third-highest, single-game scoring effort in USA Basketball U18 history.
His 12-of-12 shooting performance from the floor set a U.S. mark for highest field goal percentage in a U18 game.
2010 TENNESSEE MR. BASKETBALL FINALISTS TO MEET TUESDAY
For the first time in their collegiate careers, Memphis' Joe Jackson and Florida's Casey Prather meet on the hardwood Tuesday.
Both players were two of three finalists for the 2010 Tennessee Class AAA Mr. Basketball Award. The other finalist that season was former Tiger Adonis Thomas.
Jackson received the honor.
Jackson helped lead his White Station High School team to the state championship game in 2010, while Prather's Jackson Northside squad made it to the sectional final.
TIGERS IN IN-SEASON TOURNAMENTS/CLASSICS
Tuesday's encounter with Florida is the Tigers' fifth in-season tournament/classic contest in 2013-14. Memphis played four games in the 2013 Old Spice Classic.
The Tigers have a 100-66 overall record (.602 winning percentage) in regular-season tournaments/classics in the program's history.
Under head coach Josh Pastner, the Tigers have a 14-8 record (.636 winning percentage) in regular-season tournaments/classics.
This season, Memphis is 3-1 in regular-season tournaments/classics. The Tigers dropped their "opening-round" game of the Old Spice Classic at Oklahoma State Nov. 19, but bounced back to take the Classic's title with three wins in Orlando Nov. 28-Dec. 1.
Memphis has won 17 in-season tournament titles/classics, including this season's Old Spice Classic.
MEMPHIS HISTORY IN JIMMY V
The Tigers are playing in their fourth Jimmy V Classic in the last 10 seasons. Memphis has a 1-2 record in its previous three Jimmy V Classics.
Memphis' last appearance was in December of 2010 (Dec. 7, 2010; 2010-11 season), and the No. 13 Tigers fell to No. 4 Kansas 81-68.
The following lists Memphis' Jimmy V Classic results:
Season Opponent Result
2013-14 Florida ------
2010-11 Kansas 68-81, L
2007-08 Southern Cal (ot) 62-58, W
2004-05 Pittsburgh 51-70, L
TIGERS' HOME AWAY FROM HOME
If there is one arena -- other than FedExForum -- that the Tigers can call home in recent years, it has to be Madison Square Garden.
This trip is the 12th for Memphis to Madison Square Garden since 2000-01. In their 11 previous trips, the Tigers have a 9-7 record.
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 11th and most-recent trip to Madison Square Garden was in 2010-11 for the Jimmy V Classic in early December. The Tigers lost to Kansas 81-68.
MEMPHIS IN NYC TOURNAMENTS/CLASSICS
The Tigers' appearance in Tuesday's Jimmy V Classic is their 24th in a New York City tournament/classic.
Memphis has traveled to the "Big Apple" to play in 23 previous tournaments/classics, with the last coming in 2010-11. That year, the Tigers played in the Jimmy V Classic (lost to Kansas 81-68).
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 New York City in 1957, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1967, 1972, 1974, 1975, 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, 2010-11).
Memphis has an overall record of 16-21 in tournaments/classics in New York City.
PASTNER'S MSG HISTORY
While Tuesday's game is the second for him as a head coach at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Josh Pastner has made some previous trips to "The World's Most Famous Arena" while at Arizona.
Pastner, as a member of the Wildcats program, visited Madison Square Garden four times, and Arizona had a 5-1 record in those trips.
As a player in 1999, Pastner was a member of the Wildcats 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).