Dec. 18, 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
Memphis (5-4) returns to the friendly confines of FedExForum Monday, Dec. 19 to host Lipscomb (6-6) in a non-conference encounter. The game, to be televised on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS), is slated for a 6 p.m. (CT) start.
The Tigers are in the Also Receiving Votes category of both national polls (No. 33, AP/No. 29, ESPN/USA Today coaches), which were released Dec. 12. Lipscomb is unranked.
Memphis enters Saturday's game after two consecutive setbacks to Murray State 76-72 Dec. 11 and No. 4/4 Louisville 95-87. Prior to the two losses, the Tigers had won three-straight with victories over Jackson State (70-45) Nov. 28, Austin Peay (91-60) Dec. 3 and Miami, Fla. (71-54) Dec. 6.
Memphis returns all five starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's squad.
The Bisons have dropped their last two games with road setbacks at Tennessee Tech 89-87 (2ot) Dec. 10 and Murray State 89-65 Dec. 15.
Lipscomb returns two starters and six letterwinners from last year's team that posted a 17-13 overall record.
WHAT'S UP NEXT...
Memphis returns to action Thursday, Dec. 22 with a road contest at No. 16/17 Georgetown at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The game is slated for a 6 p.m. (CT) start on ESPN2.
Lipscomb plays the fourth contest of its seven-game road trip Wednesday, Dec. 21 when it travels to Ames, Iowa, to meet the Iowa State Cyclones.
WHAT THE BISONS DID LAST YEAR
Lipscomb posted a 17-13 overall record and a 12-8 Atlantic Sun Conference (A-Sun) mark.
The Bisons finished fourth in the A-Sun regular season standings.
Lipscomb lost in the A-Sun Tournament opening round to Mercer.
The Bisons did not receive a bid to any of the postseason tournaments.
SCOUTING THE BISONS
Lipscomb brings a 6-6 record into Monday's encounter.
The Bisons split their last four outings, defeating Kennesaw State and Tennessee Martin and falling to Tennessee Tech and Murray State.
Jordan Burgason leads four players scoring in double figures with a 12.4 average.
Robert Boyd (12.0 ppg), Zavion Williams (11.9 ppg) and Malcolm Smith (10.9 ppg) also average in double figures for the Bisons.
Justin Glenn leads Lipscomb on the glass with a 6.8 rebounding average.
Damarius Smith is tops on the team with 52 assists (4.3 apg), while Boyd leads the squad with 21 steals.
The Bisons are shooting 43.9 percent from the floor, 37.1 percent from the arc and 67.3 percent from the free throw line.
Opponents are out-rebounding Lipscomb by an average margin of 1.3 boards per game (35.5-36.8).
Head coach Scott Sanderson is in his 13th year at Lipscomb and has a 203-171 record at the school.
Memphis and Lipscomb have played two common opponents this season, and both are 1-1 against those foes.
Memphis Opponent Lipscomb
91-60, W (H) Austin Peay 67-59, W (H)
72-76, L (H) Murray State 65-89, L (A)
MEMPHIS VERSUS THE ATLANTIC SUN
The Tigers have an all-time record of 18-5 versus Atlantic Sun Conference foes.
Memphis has played Belmont (2-0), East Tennessee State (4-3), Jacksonville (4-1), Lipscomb (5-1), Mercer (2-0) and Stetson (1-0).
The last time the Tigers played an Atlantic Sun opponent was in this year's season opener when they hosted Belmont. Memphis posted a 97-81 win over the Bruins in a 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational opening-round contest Nov. 15.
ONCE FRIENDS, NOW FOES
Monday's game has former teammates facing off against each other.
Tigers sophomore guard Joe Jackson and junior forward Ferrakohn Hall and Bisons freshman forward Marvin Williams all were teammates at White Station High School.
All three players were members of the 2008-09 Spartans squad that won the Tennessee Class AAA state title and posted a 31-7 record.
Jackson and Williams also played together on the 2009-10 White Station team that went 28-9 and was the Tennessee Class AAA state runner-up.
The city of Memphis will be well represented in Monday's contest between the Tigers and Bisons.
The squads combine to have 10 players from Memphis area on the two rosters.
Lipscomb has two players, Jacob Arnett and Marvin Williams, that call the Bluff City home. Arnett played his prep career at Tipton-Rosemark, while Williams suited up for White Station.
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.
MEMPHIS VERSUS NASHVILLE
For a second-straight year, Memphis faces two opponents from the city of Nashville in Belmont Nov. 15 and Lipscomb Dec. 19.
Last year, the Tigers posted wins over Lipscomb and Tennessee State.
Earlier this season, Memphis defeated Belmont 97-81 on Nov. 15.
Memphis has a 20-9 record (.690 winning percentage) versus current NCAA Division 1 programs in the city of Nashville.
The following breaks down the Tigers' record versus city of Nashville/NCAA Division 1 foes:
Nashville Team Series Record
Tennessee State 8-0
HEY, WE KNOW THAT NAME!
Some Tigers basketball fans may recognize the last name of Lipscomb's head coach.
The Bisons' head coach is Scott Sanderson, and he is the son of former Alabama (1980-92) and Arkansas-Little Rock (1994-99) head coach Wimp Sanderson.
Although Wimp Sanderson coached in the South for 17 seasons, Memphis never played against one of his teams. However, Wimp Sanderson and the Tigers nearly met in the 1982 NCAA Tournament.
Memphis and Alabama both advanced to the 1982 NCAA Sweet Sixteen in Raleigh, N.C., and if both had won, they would have met in the East Region final for the chance to go to the Final Four.
The Tigers and Crimson Tide, though, dropped close decisions to Villanova (70-66) and North Carolina (74-69), respectively, in the East Region semifinals.
A CHANGE OF PACE
After 75 years passed between their last two meetings, Memphis and Lipscomb aren't waiting that long this time around. For a second-straight season, the two in-state schools meet on the hardwood.
The Tigers won last year's encounter 88-70 at FedExForum.
It is the first time the programs met in consecutive seasons since 1933-34 and 1934-35.
Prior to last year's game, the last time Memphis and Lipscomb played was in the 1934-35 campaign.
The Tigers and Bisons have several similarities statistically and the following shows that (respective conference rank follows stat):
UofM/Rank Statistic LU/Rank
81.8/1st Score Off 75.5/2nd
69.3/3rd FT Pct. 67.3/4th
47.9/1st FG Pct. 43.9/5th
39.0/2nd 3P FG Pct. 37.1/3rd
-2.5/11th Rebound Margin -1.2/8th
14.1/4th Assists 14.9/2nd
8.9/3rd Steals 9.1/3rd
CONSECUTIVE LOSSES RARE FOR TIGERS
For the only the third time in the last seven years, Memphis suffered back-to-back losses when they dropped decisions to Murray State Dec. 11 and No. 4/4 Louisville Dec. 17.
Last season, the Tigers had two separate two-game skids.
Prior to the 2010-11 season, the last time Memphis had two-game losing streaks was the 2004-05 campaign.
In 2004-05, the Tigers had three stretches of two-game skids, including a four-game slide to end the regular season. The 2004-05 regular season-ending losses were to Charlotte, Louisville, Saint Louis and Cincinnati.
ARE TIGERS BACK IN BLACK?
Tiger Nation sure hopes so in terms of Tarik Black returning to the kind of play he gave the team a year ago.
The 6-foot-8 forward missed the latter part of preseason drills with a minor leg injury, and it was part of the reason why the All-C-USA preseason pick got off to a slow start in 2011-12.
In the first three games, Black played only 15.3 minutes per contest due to foul trouble and averaged 6.3 points and 2.7 rebounds. He had two blocks and shot 42.9 percent from the floor.
In the last six games, he averaged 8.8 points and 5.0 rebounds, while shooting 63.3 percent from the field and blocking nine shots.
TIGERS SUCCESS AT FEDEXFORUM
The Tigers have a 130-16 overall record (.890 winning percentage) at FedExForum since moving into the arena for the 2004-05 campaign.
Since the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, Memphis has won 119 of its last 129 home games (.922 winning percentage).
BEST HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE
Since 2004-05, Memphis has won 130 games at FedExForum, the most home wins in the country over that span of time.
The following are the top six programs with the most home wins since 2004-05 (credit to Memphis intern Bryan McEldowney for compiling this list):
Most Home Wins Since 2004-05
1. Memphis 130
2. Ohio State 127
3. Kansas 125
4. Louisville 124
5. Syracuse 121
t. Texas A&M 121