Tigers On TV/Radio/Web Television: Comcast Sports Southeast/Comcast digital channel 22 (Greg Gaston, play-by-play; Brian Oliver, color analyst)
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SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis (7-3) hosts Oral Roberts (5-6) Friday, Dec. 28 at FedExForum. The game, to be televised on Comcast Sports Southeast, is scheduled for a 7 p.m. (CT) start.
The Tigers did not appear in either national poll this week.
The Tigers bounced back after their Dec. 15 setback to Louisville with a 62-56 win over Lipscomb Dec. 20.
Prior to the Dec. 15 loss, Memphis had won four straight with victories over Northern Iowa 52-47 Nov. 24, UT Martin 93-65 Nov. 29, Ohio 84-58 Dec. 5 and Austin Peay 83-65 Dec. 8.
Oral Roberts is 2-2 in its last four outings, posting road wins over Missouri State and Texas State and falling to nationally-ranked Arizona and Tulsa.
In their five true road games this season, the Golden Eagles have a 3-2 record.
Oral Roberts returns only two starters and five letterwinners from last year's 27-7 squad.
WHAT'S UP NEXT
The Tigers return to action Sunday, Dec. 30 with a 7 p.m. (CT) contest versus Loyola, Md., at FedExForum. Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) is scheduled to televise the game.
The Golden Eagles return to play after the new year with their Southland Conference opener at Southeastern Louisiana Jan. 3, 2013. Game time is 7:15 p.m. (CT).
WHAT THE GOLDEN EAGLES DID A YEAR AGO
Oral Roberts posted a 27-7 overall record and a 17-1 Summit League mark.
The Golden Eagles won the Summit League regular-season crown, but lost to Western Illinois 54-53 in the conference tournament semifinal round.
Oral Roberts received a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) bid and lost in the first round to Nevada 68-59.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
Oral Roberts brings a 5-6 overall record into Friday's match-up.
The Golden Eagles are 3-2 in true road games.
Including its Friday game at Memphis, Oral Roberts has played nine of its 12 contests (six road, three neutral) away from the Mabee Center, the Golden Eagles' homecourt.
Warren Niles leads four Golden Eagles averaging in double figures at 21.3 ppg. Shawn Glover (12.5 ppg), Damen Bell-Holter (10.5 ppg) and Steven Roundtree (10.0 ppg) also average double digits in scoring.
Bell-Holter is tops on the team with an 8.4 rebounding average, while Roundtree is second at 5.9 rpg.
D.J. Jackson and Korey Billbury are the squad's assists leaders with 24 dimes apiece (2.2 apg).
Niles is Oral Roberts' top three-point threat at 53 percent from the arc.
The Golden Eagles are shooting 44.3 percent from the field, 38.3 percent from the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line.
Oral Roberts is out-rebounding its opponents by an average margin of +4.8 boards per game (36.3-31.5).
MAKIN' THAT CONFERENCE CHANGE
Memphis is scheduled to make a conference move in July 2013 when it swtiches to the BIG EAST Conference from Conference USA.
Memphis received its invite to the BIG EAST in February 2012 and is scheduled to become a full member July 1, 2013.
Well, the Tigers' opponent Friday -- Oral Roberts -- already went through its conference makeover this year.
In July 2012, the Golden Eagles athletics program moved to the Southland Conference from the Summit League. Oral Roberts received its invite from the Southland Conference Oct. 11, 2011.
MEMPHIS VERSUS THE SOUTHLAND
The Tigers have an all-time 22-5 record versus Southland Conference (SLC) foes.
Memphis has played Central Arkansas (1-2), Lamar (4-1), McNeese State (2-0), Nicholls State (1-0), Northwestern State (5-0), Oral Roberts (5-2), Sam Houston State (2-0), Southeastern Louisiana (1-0) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1-0).
The lone current Southland Conference member the Tigers have not played is Stephen F. Austin.
The last time the Tigers played a Southland Conference foe was the 2010-11 campaign. That season, Memphis played Northwestern State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and the Tigers won both games.
For a second-straight game, Tigers basketball fans may be familiar with the last name of the opponent's head coach.
The Golden Eagles' head coach is Scott Sutton, and he is the son of former Creighton (1969-74), Arkansas (1974-85), Kentucky (1985-89) and Oklahoma State (1994-99) head coach Eddie Sutton.
Memphis played Eddie Sutton-coached teams five times, with those Sutton squads holding a 3-2 edge in the series.
During his career at Arkansas, Sutton played the Tigers four times, and the teams split those four encounters (2-2).
The last time Memphis and an Eddie Sutton-coached team met was in the 2004 NCAA Tournament second round. The Tigers fell to Oklahoma State 70-53, and the Cowboys advanced to the NCAA Final Four.
DO YOU REMEMBER?/PART I MEMPHIS VS. ORAL ROBERTS
It's a good bet that many longtime Tigers fans remember one of the greatest comebacks in the program's history. And it came against Oral Roberts in the 1986-87 season.
Memphis won the game 59-58 on a John Wilfong three-pointer at the buzzer, but it's the way the Tigers won that was thrilling.
Memphis trailed most of the game (36-23 Oral Roberts' lead at the half) and was down 48-41 with 10:55 left.
The Tigers put together a 10-0 run over the next five minutes to take a 51-48 lead at the 5:33 mark.
Oral Roberts, though, responded with a 10-0 run of its own to take the lead 58-51 with :19 on the clock.
Wilfong hit two free throws with :14 left to slice the lead to 58-53, and Vincent Askew then hit a trey with :07 remaining to cut the lead to 58-56.
After Brian Miles missed the front end of a 1-and-1, the Tigers called a timeout with :05 on the clock, setting up Wilfong's buzzer-beating three-pointer for the win.
DO YOU REMEMBER?/PART II MEMPHIS VS. ORAL ROBERTS
This "back-in-time" Memphis-Oral Roberts encounter is more recent -- as in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
The 30-3 Tigers entered the tournament as the West Region No. 1 seed, but were getting little respect.
Memphis' first-round opponent was Oral Roberts, which had a 21-11 record but was regarded by college hoops pundits as the best No. 16 seed in NCAA Tournament history.
Many hoops analysts picked the Golden Eagles to win the game and become the first No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament history.
The Tigers, though, prevailed with a 90-74 victory over a hard-nosed Oral Roberts squad.
TIGERS VERSUS NCAA DIVISION I FOES FROM OKLAHOMA
Memphis has an all-time 34-18 record (.654 winning percentage) against current NCAA Division I basketball programs from the state of Oklahoma.
The Tigers have played all four current NCAA Division I basketball programs from the Sooner state in Oklahoma (6-0), Oklahoma State (2-3), Oral Roberts (5-2) and Tulsa (21-13).
Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis has a 3-1 record (.750 winning percentage) against NCAA Division I basketball programs from the state of Oklahoma.
All of Pastner's meetings with NCAA Division I basketball programs from the Sooner state have been against Tulsa.
Oral Roberts is the fourth of six teams that will make their first trips to FedExForum this year.
The other five FedExForum newbies this season were/are North Florida Nov. 12, Samford Nov. 17, Ohio Dec. 5, Loyola (Md.) Dec. 30 and Harvard Jan. 19.
Memphis is a perfect 3-0 against FedExForum newbies in 2012-13.
Last year, the Tigers hosted four FedExForum newbies and posted a 3-1 record in those contests. Memphis had wins over Belmont, Robert Morris and Xavier and a loss to Murray State.
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 34-8 record (.810 winning percentage) since the 1999-2000 campaign.
Since 2005-06, the Tigers are 21-4 (.840 winning percentage) in "Holiday Hoops" contests.
THE FIRST GAME AFTER CHRISTMAS
Well, much was made of the "clunker" the Tigers played before breaking up for Christmas, despite winning the game 62-56 over Lipscomb.
In fact, Memphis has a 9-4 record (.692 winning percentage) in its final game before Christmas break since 2000-01.
But, the Tigers' record is even more impressive when they return from Christmas break since 2000-01.
Memphis is 11-1 (.917 winning percentage) in its first game after Christmas since 2000-01.
The last time the Tigers lost their first game after Christmas was that 2000-01 campaign when they lost their C-USA opener to Southern Miss 75-67 on Dec. 27, 2000.
Among those 11 "first-game-after-Christmas" wins were victories over nationally-ranked foes Illinois (2002-03), Missouri (2003-04), Gonzaga (2005-06) and Arizona (2007-08).
TIGERS SUCCESS AT FEDEXFORUM
The Tigers have a 151-18 overall record (.893 winning percentage) at FedExForum since moving to the arena for the 2004-05 campaign.
Since the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, Memphis has won 141 of its last 153 home games (.922 winning percentage).
Against non-conference foes (regular-season only) at FedExForum since 2004-05, the Tigers have a 69-11 mark (.863 winning percentage).
Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis is 33-5 (.868 winning percentage) against non-league foes at FedExForum (includes 6-1 record so far this year).
BEST HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE
Since 2004-05, Memphis has won 151 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; credit to Travis Chell for updates):
Most Home Wins Since 2004-05 (as of Dec. 27)
TIGERS `BOUNDING THE BOARDS IN 2012-13
A lot of talk in head coach Josh Pastner's first three seasons centered about rebounding and the Tigers' frustration in that area.
Well, it looks as if that's been corrected early on in the 2012-13 campaign.
Memphis is out-rebounding its opponents by an average margin of +6.3 boards per game (36.8-30.5), which ranks second in Conference USA.
The Tigers have won the board battle in seven of their 10 contests this season, including games with Minnesota, Ohio and Louisville.
The following shows how the Tigers have done on the glass in Pastner's tenure (first 10 games of each season only):