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The Last Meeting
December 22, 2009
Memphis Bounces Back to Defeat SEMO 87-57
Elliot Williams led all scorers with 20 points and four other Tigers scored in double figures as the University of Memphis Tigers defeated the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks 87-57 Tuesday afternoon at FedExForum. Memphis improves to 8-2 with the victory, while SEMO falls to 4-8.
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis (7-2, 0-0 The American) returns home to FedExForum Saturday, Dec. 21 to host Southeast Missouri (7-3, 0-0 OVC). SportSouth is televising Saturday's contest.
The Memphis-Southeast Missouri game also can be viewed via the web at ESPN3.com/WatchESPN.
The Tigers remained in both national polls Dec. 16. Memphis moved up to the No. 15 spot in the Associated Press poll and the No. 14 position in the USA Today coaches poll. Southeast Missouri is not ranked.
Memphis enters Saturday's contest having won six of its last seven games. The six victories came over Nicholls, Siena, LSU, No. 5/8 Oklahoma State, Northwestern State and UALR. The Tigers' lone loss in that stretch was a narrow 77-75 setback to No. 16/17 Florida in the 2013 Jimmy V Classic.
The Tigers are 4-0 at FedExForum this season, averaging just over 90 points a game (90.5 ppg) in the four home wins.
Memphis returns three starters, but only five letterwinners from last year's squad.
Saturday's contest is the Redhawks' fifth true road game, but it's their eighth game away from Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Southeast Missouri returns four starters and four letterwinners from last year's squad.
WHAT THE REDHAWKS DID A YEAR AGO
Southeast Missouri posted a 17-16 overall record and an 8-8 Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) mark in 2012-13.
The Redhawks finished tied for fifth in the overall OVC regular-season standings and second in the OVC West Division.
Southeast Missouri won its OVC Tournament opening-round game over Eastern Illinois, before falling to Eastern Kentucky in the quarterfinal round.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS
Southeast Missouri brings a 7-3 overall record into Saturday's contest.
The Redhawks were on a five-game win streak before it was snapped with a 75-69 loss to UIC Dec. 14.
In that five-game win streak, Southeast Missouri posted victories over Mid-Continent, Northern Kentucky, Tulane, Texas State and Southeastern Louisiana.
Southeast Missouri is playing its eighth game away from Cape Girardeau, Mo., Saturday when it faces Memphis.
The Redhawks are 5-2 in their previous seven games away from home, including three victories in the Cure UCD Classic to claim that crown.
The Redhawks' other two setbacks were road losses at Saint Louis Nov. 8 and at Ball State Nov. 18.
In the Ohio Valley Conference preseason coaches poll, Southeast Missouri was picked to claim a share of the OVC West Division crown. Overall, the Redhawks were picked to finish tied for second.
Senior Tyler Stone was selected the 2013-14 OVC preseason Player of the Year. He was an All-OVC second team pick the past two seasons.
Junior Nino Johnson also was named to the 2013-14 preseason All-OVC Team.
Junior Jarekious Bradley leads four Redhawks in double figures with an impressive 19.5 scoring average. He is second in the OVC in scoring.
Other double-figure scorers for Southeast Missouri are Stone (18.1 ppg), Darrian Gray (11.3 ppg) and Antonius Cleveland (10.5 ppg).
The Redhawks have three players averaging over 6.5 boards per game in Stone (8.8 rpg), Bradley (7.7 rpg) and Johnson (6.9 rpg).
Lucas Nutt leads Southeast Missouri with 63 assists (6.3 apg), and Cleveland has a team-best 16 steals.
Bradley is the squad's top three-point threat at 40.7 percent from the arc.
The Redhawks are shooting 50.2 percent from the field, 37.6 percent from the arc and 72.1 percent from the free throw line.
Southeast Missouri is out-rebounding its opponents by margin of +4.5 boards per game (37.6-33.1).
The city of Memphis and its surrounding communities will be well represented in Saturday's contest between the Tigers and Redhawks.
The squads combine to have 13 players from Memphis area on the two rosters.
Southeast Missouri has five players -- Jarekious Bradley (East HS), Antonius Cleveland (Faith Baptist Christian Academy), Darrian Gray (Southwind HS), Nino Johnson (White Station HS) and Tyler Stone (Central HS) -- that call the Bluff City home.
On the Tigers' side, eight players hail from the Memphis area. Chris Crawford, Markel Crawford, Trey Draper, Joe Jackson, Nick King and Jake McDowell all are from Memphis. Sophomore Anthony Cole is from Arlington and freshman Austin Nichols is from Collierville, both suburbs of Memphis.
CHAMPION VS. CHAMPION SATURDAY
Saturday's contest features two programs that won in-season tournament titles in 2013-14.
Memphis won the 2013 Old Spice Classic crown in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 28-Dec. 1.
The Tigers defeated Siena, LSU and No. 5/8 Oklahoma State to win the championship.
Southeast Missouri took the 2013 Cure UCD Classic championship Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
The Redhawks defeated Northern Kentucky, Tulane and Texas State for the crown.
BATTLE OF RANKED (SCORING) TEAMS
Saturday's game features a battle between top-25 ranked teams -- ranked teams in terms of the nation's top scoring offenses.
In the latest NCAA rankings released Dec. 15, Memphis is No. 21 in the nation in scoring offense and Southeast Missouri is No. 17.
The Tigers are second in the American Athletic Conference with an 83.7 scoring average.
The Redhawks lead the Ohio Valley Conference with an 85.6 scoring average.
DIMIN' AND HITTIN' SHOTS
Two reasons why Memphis and Southeast Missouri have two of the nation's top scoring offenses are both share the ball well and are hitting a high percentage from the field.
Memphis averages 17.0 assists per game and shoots 48.1 percent from the field. Southeast Missouri averages 17.1 assists and shoots 50.2 percent from the floor.
The following shows where the Tigers and Redhawks rank nationally and in conference in assists and field goal percentage:
Team Stat Nat'l Rank Conf. Rank
Memphis Ast/FG 16th/49th 1st/2nd
SEMO Ast/FG 15th/14th 1st/1st
NUTT VERSUS THE TIGERS
Southeast Missouri is the second Dickey Nutt-coached program Memphis has faced. The Tigers also played Nutt at Arkansas State, where he directed the Red Wolves from 1995-2008.
Overall, the Tigers are 6-1 versus Dickey Nutt-coached teams. Memphis was 5-1 against Nutt during his time at Arkansas State. Nutt's lone victory was an 84-72 win in Jonesboro, Ark., in 1999-2000.
Memphis is 1-0 versus Nutt as Southeast Missouri's head coach, defeating the Redhawks 87-57 in 2009-10.
MEMPHIS VERSUS THE OHIO VALLEY
Memphis has an all-time 110-65 record (.624 winning percentage) against current Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) members.
The Tigers have played Austin Peay (19-4), Belmont (2-0), Eastern Kentucky (3-0), Jacksonville State (1-1), Morehead State (0-2), Murray State (34-27), Southeast Missouri (2-2), Tennessee State (8-0), Tennessee Tech (27-24) and UT Martin (14-5). 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 Austin Peay 95-69 Nov. 14 at FedExForum.
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 has posted a perfect 1.000 APR the last four years.
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 one of 13 schools in the nation to receive an NCAA Public Recognition Award and also participate in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Memphis was the only men's basketball program in Conference USA to earn an NCAA Public Recognition Award in 2012-13.
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 participated in December commencement. Jackson earned his degree at the end of the University's summer session, but was unable to walk at August's commencement due to prior commitments.
Chris Crawford earned his degree following the 2013 fall semester.
Hippolyte Tsafack, who also graduated in August, earned a second bachelor's degree during the 2013 fall semester.
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 -- Crawford, Trey Draper, Jackson, David Pellom (George Washington graduate transfer) and Tsafack -- that have walked at commencement on their bench.
The following lists the 10 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 Grads
*transferred to Kansas ^transferred to Tennessee
%earned second bachelor's degree
CLOSING IN ON 1,500 WINS
With its 11th victory in 2013-14, the Memphis program will record its 1,500th all-time win.
The Tigers entered 2013-14 with an all-time record of 1,489-844-1.
With its seven wins so far this season, Memphis now has 1,496 all-time victories.
When the 1,500-win milestone is reached, Memphis will become the fifth American Athletic Conference school to do so (Temple, Louisville, Cincinnati, Connecticut).
TIGERS PUTTIN' UP THE POINTS
Yes, it's only nine games into 2013-14, but Memphis is making the scoreboard operator work overtime so far.
Memphis is averaging 83.7 points after nine games and has netted 80 or more points in five of the nine contests.
The last time the Tigers averaged 80 or more points for a season was 2005-06. Memphis averaged exactly 80.0 points per game.
The last time Memphis averaged over 80 points in a season was in 1985-86. That Tigers squad averaged 82.4 points per game.
Since 1955-56, the Tigers' highest scoring average for a season was in 1974-75 when they averaged 90.0 points per contest.
PELLOM MAKES RETURN IN FLORIDA; SHOWS OUT IN NEW YORK CITY
Graduate student David Pellom underwent arthroscopic debridement surgery on his left knee Nov. 7. Dr. Barry Phillips of Campbell Clinic performed the surgery.
The reason for the Nov. 7 surgery was that the 6-foot-7, 224-pound forward was experiencing some knee discomfort from an injury suffered earlier in his collegiate career at George Washington.
Pellom, a transfer from George Washington, was expected to be sidelined for five weeks.
However, Pellom's recovery went quicker than expected, and he saw action in all three Tigers' games in the Old Spice Classic Nov. 28-Dec. 1.
In his three appearances in the Old Spice Classic, Pellom averaged 1.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in 7.7 minutes of action. The Wilmington, N.C., native also saw limited action in wins over Northwestern State Dec. 7 and UALR Dec. 13.
But, it was another out-of-state game where Pellom shined again.
In the Tigers' 77-75 setback to No. 16/17 Florida Dec. 17, Pellom netted a season-high 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field.
The double-figure scoring game was his first as a Tiger and the 21st in his career.
The 75 percent field goal percentage was the 46th time that he shot 50 percent or better from the floor in his career (min. 4 FGA/game).
It was his third game (out of six appearances) that Pellom shot 50 percent or better from the field.
TIGERS SUCCESS AT FEDEXFORUM
The Tigers have a 166-18 overall record (.902 winning percentage) at FedExForum since moving to the arena for the 2004-05 campaign.
Since the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, Memphis has won 156 of its last 168 home games (.929 winning percentage).
BEST HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE
Since 2004-05, Memphis has won 166 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. 19, 2013)
1. Memphis 166
2. Ohio State 162
3. Syracuse 155
5. Kansas 153
COUNTDOWN TO 4 MILLION IS ON
At some time in the 2013-14 season, the Tigers will reach the 4-million mark for home attendance in the 21st century.
And the countdown started with Memphis' Nov. 14 season opener versus Austin Peay.
From 2000-01 through 2012-13, Memphis had 3,903,309 fans (15,600 per game average) witness the Tigers play in person at The Pyramid (2000-04) and FedExForum (2004-13).
Memphis has ranked among the top-20 in NCAA Division I attendance 12 of the past 13 seasons, including finishing 11th in 2012-13.
The following shows the countdown to the 4-million mark for Tigers basketball attendance in the 21st century:
Total attendance 3,903,309
Remaining to reach 96,691
4 million entering 2013-14
Nov. 14 vs. Austin Peay 15,785
Nov. 23 vs. Nicholls 15,528
Dec. 7 vs. Northwestern State 15,605
Dec. 13 vs. UALR 15,821
Left to reach 4 million 33,952