Memphis Basketball Notes Vs. Loyola, Md.

Dec. 29, 2012

Memphis (8-3) vs Loyola, Md. (9-4, 1-1 MAAC)
FedExForum (Memphis, Tenn.)
Sun., December 30, 2012 - 7 pm (CT) 

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  • Memphis (8-3) hosts Loyola, Md. (9-4, 1-1 MAAC) Sunday, Dec. 30 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 No. 6/6 Louisville with back-to-back wins over Lipscomb 62-56 Dec. 20 and Oral Roberts 72-56 Dec. 28.
  • 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.
  • Loyola, Md., had its two-game win streak halted Dec. 28 with a 66-46 home setback to Bucknell.
  • Prior to the loss, the Greyhounds posted wins over Saint Peter's 61-55 Dec. 8 and Mount St. Mary's 79-57 Dec. 15.
  • Loyola, Md., returns four starters and nine letterwinners from last year's team that went 24-9.


  • The Tigers return to action after the new year (Jan. 4) when they travel to Knoxville, Tenn., for a 7 p.m. (CT) game with rival Tennessee. ESPN2 is scheduled to televise the game.
  • The Greyhounds begin Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play after the new year with a Jan. 4, 2013, home contest against Rider. Game time is 6:30 p.m. (CT).


  • Loyola, Md., posted a 24-9 overall record and a 13-5 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) mark.
  • The Greyhounds finished second in the MAAC regular-season standings.
  • Loyola, Md., won the MAAC Tournament title and received the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
  • The Greyhounds lost to Ohio State 78-59 in the NCAA Tournament second round.


  • Loyola, Md., brings a 9-4 record into Sunday's non-conference contest.
  • The Greyhounds played their first game in nearly two weeks Dec. 28 and dropped a 66-46 home decision to Bucknell.
  • Prior to the Dec. 28 setback, Loyola, Md., had won two straight with victories over Saint Peter's 61-55 and Mount St. Mary's 79-57.
  • The Greyhounds have a 2-2 record in true road games and are 5-2 in all contests played away from Reitz Arena (3-0 neutral court record).
  • Loyola, Md., has already played two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) games and is 1-1 in league play.
  • Dylon Cormier leads three Greyhounds averaging in double figures at 16.8 ppg. Erik Etherly (14.1 ppg) and Robert Olson (11.5 ppg) also average in double figures.
  • Anthony Winbush (7.4 rpg) and Etherly (6.8 rpg) lead Loyola, Md., on the glass.
  • Cormier is the team's top playmaker with 32 assists (2.5 apg).
  • Olson is the Greyhounds' top three-point threat, hitting 31.2 percent from the arc.
  • Loyola, Md., is shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 27.8 percent from the three-point line and 68 percent from the charity stripe.
  • The Greyhounds are out-rebounding their opponents by an average margin of +3.1 board per game (36.9-33.8).


  • The Tigers have an all-time 8-4 record versus Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) opponents.
  • Memphis has won its last six games versus MAAC foes.
  • The Tigers have played Canisius (0-2), Fairfield (1-0), Iona (2-0), Manhattan (2-1), Marist (2-0) and Siena (1-1).
  • After Sunday's contest with Loyola, Md., the three MAAC schools Memphis has not played are Niagara, Rider and Saint Peter's.
  • The last time the Tigers played a MAAC foe was the 2008-09 campaign. That season, Memphis hosted both Fairfield and Marist at FedExForum and won both contests.
  • The last time Memphis lost to a MAAC opponent was in the 1965-66 campaign. On Jan. 1, 1966, the Tigers dropped a 92-89 decision to Canisius at the Queen City Tournament held in Buffalo, N.Y.


  • Both head coaches in Sunday's Memphis-Loyola, Md., match-up have NCAA title rings.
  • Memphis head coach Josh Pastner won his NCAA title as a player on the 1996-97 Arizona squad.
  • Loyola, Md., head coach Jimmy Patsos won his NCAA crown in 2001-02 as an assistant coach on Gary Williams' staff at Maryland.


  • Sunday's contest is a 2001 NCAA Final Four reunion for the two head coaches.
  • Memphis head coach Josh Pastner and Loyola, Md., head coach Jimmy Patsos both were at the 2001 NCAA Final Four in Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Pastner was on Lute Olson's Arizona staff that defeated Michigan State in the national semifinal before falling to Duke in the title contest.
  • Patsos was a member of Gary Williams' Maryland staff that lost to Duke in the national semifinal.


  • Loyola, Md., is the fifth 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, Oral Roberts Dec. 28 and Harvard Jan. 19.
  • Memphis is a perfect 4-0 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.


  • Loyola, Md., is the fourth of five first-time opponents Memphis faces in 2012-13.
  • The Tigers have already played North Florida (81-66 win Nov. 12), Northern Iowa (52-47 win Nov. 24) and Ohio (84-58 win Dec. 5) and will meet Harvard Jan. 19.
  • Memphis has an all-time record of 154-70 (.688 winning percentage) when facing first-time foes.
  • Since 2000-01, the Tigers are 27-2 (.931 winning percentage) against first-time opponents. The only two setbacks against first-time opponents since 2000-01 were to Stanford (2000 Puerto Rico Shootout) and Duke (2005 Preseason NIT).
  • Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis is 6-0 against first-time foes.


  • Sunday's contest may not be a pretty sight in shooting from long distance.
  • Memphis and Loyola, Md., both are near the bottom of their respective leagues in three-point shooting percentage.
  • The Tigers are 10th in Conference USA in three-point shooting percentage (32.4), while the Greyhounds are last in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in trey percentage (27.8).


  • The city of Memphis will be well represented in Sunday's contest between the Tigers and Greyhounds.
  • The squads combine to have eight players from Memphis area on the two rosters.
  • Loyola, Md., has one player -- Sean Tuohy Jr. (Briarcrest Christian School) -- that calls Memphis home.
  • On the Tigers' side, seven players hail from the Memphis area. Tarik Black, Chris Crawford, Trey Draper, Ferrakohn Hall, Joe Jackson and Adonis Thomas all are from the Bluff City. Freshman Anthony Coleis from Arlington, a suburb of Memphis.


  • When Memphis and Loyola, Md., face off Sunday, it won't only be a game between the two schools. The contest is also a battle between the Bluff City and Baltimore, also known as "Charm City."
  • The Tigers have seven players on the roster representing the city of Memphis.
  • On the other bench, Loyola, Md., has four players from Baltimore. The four Greyhounds that call the "Charm City" home are Dylon Cormier, Josh Forney, Jordan Latham and R.J. Williams.


  • 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 35-8 record (.814 winning percentage) since the 1999-2000 campaign.
  • Since 2005-06, the Tigers are 22-4 (.846 winning percentage) in "Holiday Hoops" contests.


  • The Tigers are closing out 2012 with a Dec. 30 game against Loyola, Md., at FedExForum, and Memphis has done quite well in its final game of the calendar year since the 1997-98 season.
  • The Tigers have a 12-3 record (.800 winning percentage) in their final game of the calendar year the past 15 campaigns.
  • Head coach Josh Pastner is 2-1 in final games of the calendar year.
  • Memphis won its final game of 2011 with a Dec. 31, 2011, victory over Charlotte at FedExForum (67-58).


  • 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 +6.2 boards per game (36.8-30.6), which ranks second in Conference USA.
  • The Tigers have won the board battle in eight of their 11 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 11 games of each season only):
Rebounding Margin (First 11 Games)
Year Reb. Margin Top Opponents
2012-13 +6.2 Bahamas, UofL
2011-12 -1.9 Maui, UofL
2010-11 +0.1 Miami, LSU, KU
2009-10 +1.9 KU, UMass


  • Earlier this season, D.J. Stephens set career highs on the offensive end versus Minnesota Nov. 23, scoring 15 points and hitting three treys.
  • In the Tigers' Dec. 28 game versus Oral Roberts, the 6-foot-5 forward put up career numbers defensively.
  • Stephens posted career bests for rebounds (14) and blocked shots (5) in the win over the Golden Eagles.
  • His previous career highs were 11 rebounds versus Western Kentucky Dec. 4, 2010, and four blocks versus Southern Miss Feb. 12, 2011.

"G" - FENSE, "G" - FENSE

  • Junior Geron Johnson, who is called "G" by his teammates, has definitely helped the Tigers' defense, and the team's defensive numbers prove it.
  • But, his individual defensive performance in Memphis' Dec. 28 win over Oral Roberts was impressive.
  • In the contest, Johnson was the primary defender on the Golden Eagles' leading scorer, Warren Niles.
  • Niles entered the contest with a 21.3 scoring average (ninth in the nation) and a 53 percent clip from the arc.
  • "G" held Niles to only two points on 1-of-11 shooting from the field and 0-of-6 from the arc.



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