March 16, 2013
Tigers On TV/Radio/Web
Television: CBS Sports (Ian Eagle, play-by-play; Jim Spanarkel, analyst)
Radio: WREC 600 AM (Dave Woloshin, play-by-play; Matt Dillon, color analyst; Forrest Goodman, studio host)
TIGERS TO FACE SOUTHERN MISS IN C-USA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SATURDAY
The University of Memphis squad (29-4) continues play in the 2013 Conference USA Tournament Saturday, Mar. 16 when it faces Southern Miss (25-8) in the championship contest. Game time for the Saturday title match-up is 10:35 a.m. (CT). The Memphis-Southern Miss C-USA Tournament championship encounter is slated to air on CBS Sports.
The Tigers, the tournament's No. 1 seed, advanced to the C-USA Tournament title game with an 85-74 victory over Tulsa in a semifinal game Friday. The Golden Eagles, the tournament's No. 2 seed, reached Saturday's championship contest with an 85-67 win over UTEP in the semifinal round Friday.
MEMPHIS-SOUTHERN MISS SERIES
Memphis leads the all-time series 66-24. The Tigers have won 20 of the last 21 meetings, including this season's two encounters (89-76 in Hattiesburg Feb. 9; 89-73 in Memphis Feb. 23). Southern Miss' last series win came in the 2011-12 season, a 75-72 victory in Hattiesburg. That Golden Eagles' win snapped Memphis' 18-game win streak in the series.
Memphis is 2-0 versus the Golden Eagles in C-USA Tournament play. The Tigers defeated Southern Miss is the 2008 tourney semifinal round 69-53 and in the 2011 quarterfinal round 66-63.
The Southern Miss series is the longest in Memphis basketball history. The two longtime rivals will play for the 91st time in Saturday's C-USA Tournament championship game.
TIGERS A FAMILIAR C-USA TITLE GAME PARTICIPANT
On Saturday, Memphis will play in its eighth Conference USA Tournament championship game in the last nine seasons (since 2005). In their previous seven C-USA Tournament title games, the Tigers have a 6-1 record (.857 winning percentage). Memphis won four-consecutive C-USA Tournament crowns from 2006-09 and also claimed the 2011 and 2012 tourney titles.
TIGERS GOING FOR C-USA TOURNEY TITLE RECORD
If Memphis can win the 2013 C-USA Tournament crown, it would be the Tigers' seventh tournament title, adding to their already C-USA record six tourney crowns.
In 2009, Memphis tied Cincinnati for the most C-USA Tournament titles with four and added its fifth crown in 2011 and a sixth championship in 2012. The Tigers won the C-USA postseason classic from 2006-09, becoming the only C-USA school to have won four-straight league tournament championships.
PASTNER VYING FOR THIRD TOURNEY TITLE
In only his fourth season at Memphis, Josh Pastner is looking for his third Conference USA Tournament title in as many years. Pastner guided the Tigers to the 2011 and 2012 C-USA Tournament crowns. If successful Saturday, Pastner would become the first Memphis coach to win at least three conference tournament championships in his first four years. Dana Kirk (third season in 1981-82) and Larry Finch (first season in 1986-87) are the only other Tigers coaches with at least one league tourney title in their four three seasons.
NEW FOE FOR TIGERS IN C-USA TITLE GAME
Since Conference USA realigned prior to the 2005-06 campaign, Memphis has played in seven C-USA Tournament title games, including Saturday's contest at the BOK Center. The Tigers will face Southern Miss for the first time in the C-USA Tournament championship game. In its seven C-USA Tournament title contest appearances (includes Saturday), Memphis has faced six different opponents (UAB in 2006, Houston in 2007, Tulsa in 2008 and 2009, UTEP in 2011, Marshall in 2012, Southern Miss in 2013).
TIGERS LOOKING FOR ANOTHER C-USA SWEEP
With a win Saturday, Memphis would sweep the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles for the sixth time in the last eight years. The Tigers posted C-USA championship sweeps in 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2011-12.
If successful Saturday, Memphis would post its 30th win of the 2012-13 season. The 30-win campaign would be the Tigers sixth overall and fifth in the last eight seasons. Memphis won an NCAA record-tying 38 games in 2007-08 and also posted 33 wins in 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2008-09. The 1984-85 Tigers won 31 games.
CRAWFORD RAINING TREYS
Chris Crawford hit a C-USA Tournament record-tying eight three-pointers in the Tigers' 85-74 win over Tulsa Friday. The eight treys are a career high, breaking his previous career best of six three-pointers he hit versus Tulane in the C-USA Tournament quarterfinal Thursday. His 14 three-pointers are one shy of the C-USA Tournament record of 15 set by former Tigers guard Anthony Rice (15 treys in four games in 2005).
Since the Jan. 19 game versus Harvard (17 games), Crawford is shooting 49.5 percent from the arc (51-of-103). In the eight games prior to Jan. 19, he was shooting only 5 percent from the three-point line (1-of-19).
In the two regular-season meetings versus Southern Miss, Crawford shot 47.4 percent from the arc (9-of-19).
FOUR IN A ROW
With its 85-74 win over Tulsa Mar. 15, Memphis has won five straight in Conference USA Tournament play outside the Bluff City. The Tigers won three-consecutive games to win the C-USA Tournament title in El Paso in 2011 and has won their first two games in this year's tournament in Tulsa. Overall, Memphis is 7-8 (.467 winning percentage) in C-USA Tournament games played outside the Memphis city limits. As for their overall record in league postseason tournaments (C-USA, Great Midwest, Metro, Mississippi Valley) played outside Memphis, the Tigers' record is 39-24 (.619 winning percentage).
"BLACK `N BLUE" CLOSE CALLS
Many call the Memphis-Southern Miss football rivalry the "Black `n Blue" series. With the recent battles on the court, that monicker can also be applied to the basketball series between the two rivals. In their last nine encounters, seven were decided by seven or fewer points. The average margin of victory in the last nine games was 5.9 points (Tigers 8-1 record).
Year Site Result
2012-13 Memphis 89-73, UofM
Hattiesburg 89-76, UofM
2011-12 Hattiesburg 75-72, USM
Memphis 60-58, UofM
2010-11 El Paso* 66-63, UofM
Memphis 67-61, UofM
Hattiesburg 76-75, UofM
2009-10 Memphis 76-69, UofM
Hattiesburg 59-57, UofM
Margin of Victory 5.9 points
TIGERS DISHIN' AND DIMIN'
A lot has been made recently about the Tigers sharing the ball, and the numbers back up the reason everyone is talking about the team's unselfishness. In its last 11 games (since Southern Miss Feb. 9), Memphis has assisted on 223 of its 327 made field goals for an incredible assists percentage of 68.2. During the 10-game stretch, the Tigers have had six 20-assist games.
For the season, Memphis has assisted on 566 of its 904 field goals made for an assists percentage of 62.6 percent and has dished out 20 or more assists in a game 10 times.
In the two regular-season meeting versus Southern Miss, the Tigers assisted on 52 of their 62 made field goals for an 83.9 assists percentage. Memphis had 27 assists on 33 made field goals in the Feb. 9 game in Hattiesburg and 25 assists on 29 made field goals in the Feb. 23 contest in Memphis.
JACKSON MOVES UP SCORING CHART
With his 15 points in the C-USA Tournament quarterfinal win over Tulane, Joe Jackson moved into the No. 29 spot on the Tigers' all-time scoring chart. He now has 1,161 career points. Up next for Jackson is Vincent Askew (1984-86), who is in the No. 28 spot with 1,171 points.
JACKSON NEARING 400 DIMES
Joe Jackson dished out three assists in the Tigers' C-USA Tournament semifinal victory over Tulsa Friday. The three assists give him 399 dimes for his career. When he reaches 400 assists, he will become only the eighth player in the program's history to do so.
100 DIMES TIMES 3 EQUALS A FIRST FOR TIGERS
Well, the equation may not add up mathematically, but it has for the Tigers in 2012-13. For the first time in the program's history, Memphis has three players with 100 or more assists in a season. Joe Jackson (159 assists), Chris Crawford (106) and Geron Johnson (109) each have over 100 assists this year.
TIGERS/C-USA TOURNAMENT TIDBITS
Chris Crawford netted a career-high 30 points in Friday's win over Tulsa. The 30-point game was the first by a Tiger since Will Barton scored 30 points in the 2011-12 regular-season finale at Tulsa (played at its on-campus arena) on Mar. 3, 2012 ... D.J. Stephens posted his third double-double of the season versus Tulsa Friday (10 points/10 boards). It was the fourth double-double of his career ... Stephens tied a career high with six blocked shots versus Tulsa ... For a second-straight game, Adonis Thomas dished out a career-high six assists.