Dec. 26, 2013
|| #17/17 Memphis (8-2) vs Jackson State (4-7)
||Saturday, December 28 - 11 a.m. CT | FedExForum
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The Last Meeting
November 28, 2011
Behind Stingy Defense, No. 21/22 Memphis Beats Jackson State, 70-45
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - No. 21/22 Memphis scored 15 unanswered points to open the second half and never looked back on its way to a 70-45 win over visiting Jackson State on Monday night. Joe Jackson led all scorers with 15 points, and Chris Crawford added 14 points for the Tigers. Memphis improved to 3-2 on the season while Jackson State fell to 1-7.
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis (8-2, 0-0 The American) returns to action after the Christmas break to host Jackson State (4-7, 0-0 SWAC) Saturday, Dec. 28. ESPNU is televising Saturday's 11 a.m. (CT) contest from FedExForum.
The Memphis-Jackson State game also can be viewed via the web at ESPN3.com/WatchESPN.
The Tigers remained in both national polls Dec. 23. Memphis dropped down to the No. 17 spot in both the Associated Press and USA Todaycoaches polls. Jackson State is not ranked. Memphis enters Saturday's contest having won seven of its last eight games. The seven victories came over Nicholls, Siena, LSU, No. 5/8 Oklahoma State, Northwestern State, UALR and Southeast Missouri. 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 5-0 at FedExForum this season, averaging over 85 points a game (87.8 ppg) in the five home wins. Memphis returns three starters, but only five letterwinners from last year's squad. Saturday's contest is the Jackson State Tigers' ninth road game in 2013-14. Jackson State returns only one starter and two letterwinners from last year's squad.
WHAT THE TIGERS DID A YEAR AGO
Jackson State posted an 11-18 overall record and a 9-9 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) mark in 2012-13.
The Tigers finished second in the SWAC regular-season standings.
Jackson State was the SWAC Tournament's No. 2 seed. The Tigers won their quarterfinal game over Alabama State and lost their semifinal contest to Prairie View.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Jackson State enters Saturday's non-conference clash with a 4-7 overall record.
The Tigers bring a two-game win streak into Saturday's match-up. Jackson State's last two wins were over Evansville and Louisiana-Lafayette.
Of Jackson State's seven losses, four were by single digits.
Jackson State is playing its ninth road game Saturday. The Tigers are 3-5 on the road.
Jackson State was picked to finish fifth in the 2013-14 SWAC preseason coaches/sports information directors poll.
Julysses Nobles leads three Tigers averaging double figures at 16.8 ppg. Nobles is the SWAC's third-leading scorer.
Brandon West (11.4 ppg) and Javeres Brent (10.4 ppg) also are averaging double digits in the scoring column.
West leads Jackson State on the glass with an 11.2 rebounding average. He is the SWAC's only players averaging double-figure rebounds.
Nobles is the team's top playmaker with 40 assists (3.6 apg). He also leads the Tigers with 17 steals.
Brent is Jackson State's top three-point threat, hitting 38.2 percent from the arc.
The Tigers are shooting 40.9 percent from the field, 29.9 percent from the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line.
Jackson State is out-rebounding its opponents by margin of +2.0 boards per game (35.8-33.8).
Wayne Brent, a former high school head coach in Jackson, Miss., is in his first season as Jackson State's head coach.
BLUFF CITY VERSUS CROSSROADS OF THE SOUTH
When the two Tigers teams meet Saturday, city pride will be on the line.
Both squads -- Memphis and Jackson State -- are well represented by local talent.
Jackson State has eight players on its roster from the Jackson, Miss., area. Jackson, Miss., also is known as the Crossroads of the South.
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, also know as the Bluff City. Sophomore Anthony Cole is from Arlington and freshman Austin Nichols is from Collierville, both suburbs of Memphis.
DO YOU REMEMBER?
For many Tigers fans, they may know, but here's the question anyway.
Name the opponent Memphis played in Josh Pastner's first game as the Tigers head coach?
The answer: Jackson State.
In his first game not only as the Tigers head coach but also his first as a collegiate head coach, Pastner directed Memphis to an 82-53 victory over Jackson State Nov. 13, 2009.
BRENT SUCCESS VERSUS MEMPHIS
Although Saturday's contest is his first as a head coach against Memphis, Jackson State head coach Wayne Brent has faced the Tigers four previous times as an assistant at Ole Miss from 1998-2002.
With Brent on the Rebels bench, Ole Miss won three of the four encounters over Memphis.
Another note on Brent: As the Callaway High School head coach in 2012-13, he brought his Chargers squad by a Memphis practice last season. That Callaway squad won the state title.
HOLDING `EM IN THE FORTIES
The last time Memphis and Jackson State met Nov. 28, 2011, the hometown Tigers held the visitors to 45 points in a 70-45 victory at FedExForum.
The 45 points is tied for the second-fewest points scored against Memphis in the Josh Pastner era.
The Tigers also held SMU and UAB to 45 points in 2011-12.
The fewest points allowed by Memphis in the Pastner era were 40 by Centenary (104-40 win) in the 2010-11 season opener (Nov. 12, 2010).
THE CROWD FACTOR
FedExForum has been a great homecourt for Memphis, and Saturday could provide more of an advantage.
For the first time in 2013-14, Jackson State could play before a crowd larger than 10,000.
To date, the largest crowd Jackson State played in front of was 9,042 in a 94-70 loss at Colorado Nov. 16.
In their eight previous road games, the Jackson State Tigers played before an average crowd of 4,204.
In its five home games at FedExForum this season, Memphis is averaging 15,552 fans.
MEMPHIS VERSUS THE SWAC
The Tigers have a 25-1 all-time record (.962 winning percentage) against members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).
Memphis has played Alabama A&M (1-0), Alcorn State (2-0), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-0), Grambling (2-0), Jackson State (14-1), Prairie View (1-0) and Texas Southern (3-0).
The Tigers have never met Alabama State, Mississippi Valley State and Southern.
The last time Memphis played a SWAC foe was the 2011-12 season. The Tigers defeated Jackson State 70-45 Nov. 28, 2011.
Memphis has won its last 15 outings against the SWAC.
The last time the Tigers lost to a SWAC foe was in 1993-94. Memphis dropped a 79-74 decision to Jackson State at The Pyramid. It is Memphis' lone loss to a SWAC opponent in its history.
PASTNER NEARLY A JACKSON STATE RIVAL
My, what could have been 11 years ago.
It was the spring of 2002, and then video and recruiting coordinator Josh Pastner applied for the head coaching position at Prairie View.
Pastner, in his early 20s at the time, nearly got the job.
According to then Prairie View Director of Athletics Charles McClelland, Pastner was one of five finalists for the position.
If it had worked out, Pastner could have already been matching wits against fellow Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) member Jackson State for several seasons.
TIGERS LOVE "HOLIDAY HOOPS"
The holidays are a time to spread good cheer. Well, the Tigers have done just that for their fans since the 1999-2000 campaign.
When playing over the holidays (Dec. 22-Jan. 4), Memphis has an impressive 37-8 record (.822 winning percentage) since the 1999-2000 campaign.
Since 2005-06, the Tigers are 24-4 (.857 winning percentage) in "Holiday Hoops" contests.
Memphis has won its last six "Holiday Hoops" games, including two victories over rival Tennessee.
The last "Holiday Hoops" setback was a 70-59 loss at Georgetown Dec. 22, 2011.
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
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.
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 eight wins so far this season, Memphis now has 1,497 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 10 games into 2013-14, but Memphis is making the scoreboard operator work overtime so far.
Memphis is averaging 83.0 points after 10 games and has netted 80 or more points in five of the 10 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.