Dec. 30, 2011
Tigers On TV/Radio/Web
Television: Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS)/Comcast digital channel 22 (Greg Gaston, play-by-play; Shane Power, 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
WHAT'S UP NEXT...
Memphis (7-5) continues its three-game homestand at FedExForum on Saturday, Dec. 31 when it hosts former Conference USA rival Charlotte (7-4). The game, to be televised on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS), is slated for an 8 p.m. (CT) start.
The Tigers were not ranked or listed in the Also Receiving Votes category of both national polls, which were released Dec. 26. Charlotte is not ranked.
Memphis enters Saturday's encounter after an impressive defensive showing in a 64-47 win over Robert Morris Dec. 29. Prior to that win, the Tigers had dropped three of their last four contests.
Memphis returns all five starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's squad.
Charlotte enters Saturday's on a two-game skid after setbacks to Miami, Fla., 76-61 on Dec. 22 and at Arkansas 80-67 on Dec. 28. Prior to the two-game slide, the 49ers had won five straight.
The 49ers return four starters and seven letterwinners from last year's squad.
Memphis returns to action after the new year when it welcomes in-state rival Tennessee to FedExForum on Jan. 4. Game time is 7 p.m. (CT).
The 49ers open A-10 Conference action against Richmond on Jan. 4 at Halton Arena.
WHAT THE 49ERS DID LAST YEAR
Charlotte posted a 10-20 overall record and a 2-14 Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) mark.
The 49ers placed 13th in the Atlantic 10 Conference regular season standings and did not qualify for the A-10 Conference Tournament.
SCOUTING THE 49ERS
Charlotte enters Saturday's game with a 7-4 overall record.
Saturday's contest is the 49ers last non-league game prior to opening their Atlantic 10 Conference schedule Jan. 4. Charlotte plays its final non-conference game Jan. 18 versus Kennesaw State.
The trio of Chris Braswell (14.3 ppg), Javarris Barnett (11.3 ppg) and DeMario Mayfield (10.0 ppg) paces the 49ers offense.
Braswell (7.9 rpg) and Barnett (7.2 rpg) leads Charlotte on the glass. Mayfield adds 5.9 boards per game.
Pierriá Henry leads the team with 36 assists (3.3 apg) and 30 steals.
Braswell (38.5 percent), Henry (38.1) and Barnett (37.5) are the 49ers top three-point threats.
Charlotte is shooting 41.1 percent from the floor, 30.9 percent from the three-point arc and 65 percent from the free throw line.
Opponents are out-rebounding the 49ers by an average margin of -1.1 boards per game (38.1-39.2).
Alan Major is in his second season as Charlotte's head coach and has a 17-24 record at the school.
DID YOU KNOW?
Charlotte's final game as a member of Conference USA was played at FedExForum in March of 2005.
The 49ers dropped an 83-69 decision to the Tigers on Mar. 10, 2005, in the quarterfinal round of the Conference USA Tournament.
MEMPHIS VERSUS THE ATLANTIC 10
Memphis has an all-time record of 62-64 against current members of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
The Tigers have played Charlotte (7-6), Dayton (7-12), Duquesne (0-2), Fordham (2-1), George Washington (0-1), La Salle (1-1), Massachusetts (1-2), Rhode Island (0-1), Richmond (4-0), St. Bonaventure (1-1), Saint Joseph's (1-1), Saint Louis (32-25), Temple (5-5) and Xavier (1-6).
After the New Year's Eve date with Charlotte, Memphis plays a second A-10 Conference foe on Feb. 4, 2012, when the Tigers host Xavier at FedExForum.
The last time the Tigers played an Atlantic 10 foe was the 2009-10 season. That year, Memphis dropped a narrow 73-72 decision to UMass at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. (Dec. 19, 2009).
The last time Memphis defeated an A-10 Conference opponent was the 2008-09 campaign when the Tigers posted an 80-58 victory over UMass at FedExForum (Nov. 17, 2008).
TIGERS HAVE SUCCESS ON NEW YEAR'S EVE
Memphis is hosting Charlotte New Year's Eve night at FedExForum.
It is the third time in the last four years that the Tigers hosted a New Year's Eve game.
The last time Memphis played a New Year's Eve contest was in the 2009-10 campaign, and the Tigers fell to in-state rival Tennessee 66-59 at FedExForum.
The last time the Tigers won a New Year's Eve game was a year earlier in 2008-09 when they defeated Northeastern 80-48.
Overall, Memphis has a 7-3 record when playing on New Year's Eve since World War II (see chart below).
Tigers On New Year's Eve (7-3 record)
Year Opponent (Site) Result
2009-10 Tennessee (H) 59-66, L
2008-09 Northeastern (H) 80-48, W
1992-93 Minnesota (A) 55-70, L
1977-78 Arkansas (H) 70-95, L
1975-76 Pepperdine (H) 90-82, W
1973-74 Murray State (H) 67-65, W (ot)
1971-72 Arkansas (H) 92-77, W
1970-71 UNLV (A) 83-76, W
1968-69 Brown (H) 70-52, W
1966-67 Yale (H) 57-43, W
CLOSING OUT THE OLD YEAR
The Tigers are closing out 2011 with a Dec. 31 game against former Conference USA foe Charlotte at FedExForum, and Memphis has done quite well in its final game of the year since the 1996-97 season.
The Tigers have a 12-3 record (.800 winning percentage) in their final game of the calendar year the past 15 campaigns.
Memphis won its final game of 2010 with a Dec. 30, 2010, victory over Lipscomb at FedExForum (88-70).
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 32-8 record (.800 winning percentage) since the 1999-2000 campaign.
Since 2005-06, the Tigers are 19-4 (.826 winning percentage) in "Holiday Hoops" contests.
FINAL FOUR "FEEL" ON SATURDAY
Saturday's contest will have a Final Four "feel," as both Josh Pastner and Alan Major have been a part of squads that played on the "Big Dance's" largest stage.
For Pastner, he's made two trips to the NCAA Final Four -- once as a player and once as a staff member -- while at Arizona.
Pastner was a player on the 1997 Arizona squad that won the NCAA title, and was a member of Lute Olson's staff that advanced to the NCAA championship game in 2001.
As an assistant on Thad Matta's Ohio State staff in 2006-07, Major helped the Buckeyes -- led by Greg Oden and Mike Conley -- advance to the NCAA championship game in 2007.
Tigers assistant coaches Damon Stoudamire and Jack Murphy also have been to an NCAA Final Four. Stoudamire was a player on the 1994 Arizona squad that advanced to the Final Four, while Murphy was a member of Olson's staff that coached in the 2001 Final Four.
FIVE (LOSSES), BUT YOU'RE STILL ALIVE
Memphis has five setbacks entering Saturday's match-up, but that doesn't mean the season is a loss.
In the last 40 years (since 1971-72), eight previous Tigers squads have had at least five losses by the turn of the new year (see chart below).
Of those eight teams, five went on to have winning seasons and earn postseason tournament berths (2 NCAA/3 NIT).
Year Losses By New Year Final Record
2004-05 6 (7-6) 22-16#
2000-01 8 (5-8) 21-15#
1999-2000 7 (6-7) 15-16
1998-99 5 (6-5) 13-15
1996-97 6 (5-6) 16-15#
1992-93 5 (5-5) 20-12*
1988-89 5 (7-5) 21-11*
1978-79 6 (6-6) 13-15
*NCAA Tournament team; #NIT team
BEST DEFENSE SINCE...
In their win over Robert Morris Dec. 29, the Tigers held the visitors to 23.2 percent shooting from the field (16-of-69).
It is the best defensive field goal percentage performance by Memphis since the 2005-06 season opener.
In that 2005-06 season opener, the Tigers held Wisconsin-Milwaukee to 22.2 percent from the floor (12-of-54).
Memphis won that season opener 79-52 over Wisconsin-Milwaukee at FedExForum. It was also the opening-round game of the 2005 NIT Season Tip-Off.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
The Tigers have recorded six double-doubles this season, all by Will Barton.
Memphis' double-doubles during the 2011-12 season are/will be listed below:
W. Barton/Robert Morris 27-13
W. Barton/Georgetown 12-11
W. Barton/Louisville 28-16
W. Barton/Miami, Fla. 27-14
W. Barton/Austin Peay 22-13
W. Barton/Tennessee 25-11
BLACK SENDING IT BACK
Tarik Black played his best all-around game to date in 2011-12 in the Tigers' 64-47 victory over Robert Morris Dec. 29.
In addition to his eight points and six boards, the 6-foot-8 sophomore blocked a career-best seven shots.
The seven blocks were the most by a Tiger since Will Coleman also denied seven shot attempts on Feb. 3, 2010, in an 85-75 win over UAB at FedExForum.
Black's seven blocks tied him with eight other players for the seventh-most swats in a single game in Tigers hoops history.
GIVE US 20 (PLEASE)
As in Tiger Nation hopes that Tarik Black plays at least 20 minutes each game (and hopefully more) for the remainder of the season.
The following chart shows the difference in stats when Black plays 20 or more minutes and under 20, including the team's rebounding margin in both instances:
Gms Under 20 Stat Gms 20+
4 # of Games 8
6.3 Scoring Avg. 9.4
1.0 Rebounding Avg. 5.4
3/1 Blocks/Steals 18/7
55.6 FG Pct. 62.8
50.0 FT Pct. 63.6
-10.9 Team Reb. Margin +3.4