Nov. 16, 2012
Tigers On TV/Radio/Web
Radio: WREC 600 AM (Jeff Brightwell, play-by-play; Matt Dillon, color analyst; Forrest Goodman, studio host)
Web: Game to be streamed live on the Memphis Tiger Network on the Memphis athletics web site at gotigersgo.com via All-Access (must register to view game)
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis hosts Samford Saturday, Nov. 17 in an opening game of the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis. Game time is 7 p.m. (CT) at FedExForum.
Saturday's game is the Tigers' first contest in the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis. Memphis continues play in the Battle 4 Atlantis Nov. 22-24 in Nassau, The Bahamas.
The Tigers are ranked in both national polls, coming in No. 17 in the Associated Press poll and No. 16 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.
Memphis opened its 2012-13 campaign with an 81-66 win over North Florida Nov. 12.
Memphis returns four starters and 11 letterwinners from last year's squad.
Samford has a 1-2 record to start 2012-13. The Bulldogs posted a 59-40 win over Martin Methodist and dropped decisions to Austin Peay 75-64 and No. 2 Louisville 80-54.
The Bulldogs return eight letterwinners and three starters from last year's squad that went 11-19.
WHAT'S UP NEXT
The Tigers continue play in the Battle 4 Atlantis Nov. 22-24 in Nassau, The Bahamas. Memphis meets VCU in a quarterfinal contest Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. (CT).
Samford also continues play in the Atlantis mainland portion of the event Nov. 21-22. The Bulldogs face Toledo Nov. 21 at 3:30 p.m. (CT). Samford's two Atlantis on the Mainland contests are being hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla.
WHAT THE TIGERS DID A YEAR AGO
WHAT THE BULLDOGS DID A YEAR AGO
Memphis finished 2011-12 with a 26-9 overall record and a 13-3 Conference USA mark (1st place).
The Tigers swept the 2011-12 Conference USA titles, taking both the regular season and tournament crowns. It was the fifth time in the last seven years that Memphis swept the C-USA championships.
Joe Jackson was named the C-USA Tournament MVP for a second-straight year. Jackson became the first player in league history to receive consecutive C-USA Tournament MVP honors.
The Tigers earned C-USA's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and dropped a 61-54 decision to Saint Louis in the second round.
Samford posted an 11-19 overall record and an 8-10 Southern Conference (SoCon) mark.
The Bulldogs finished third in the SoCon North and lost in the SoCon Tournament first round.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Samford brings a 1-2 overall record into Saturday's encounter.
The Bulldogs defeated Martin Methodist 59-40 and dropped decisions to Austin Peay 75-64 and No. 2 Louisville 80-54.
The tandem of Tim Williams and Raijon Kelly paces Samford's offense. Williams is the squad's leading scorer (17.0 ppg) and rebounder (8.7 rpg). Kelly is the Bulldogs' second-leading scorer (11.3 ppg) and top playmaker (4.7 apg).
Samford is shooting 40.6 percent from the floor, 26.9 percent from the three-point arc and 59.5 percent from the free throw line.
Opponents are out-rebounding the Bulldogs by an average margin of +10.0 boards per game (43.0-33.0).
MEMPHIS VERSUS THE SOUTHERN CONFERENCE
The Tigers have a 19-6 all-time record versus Southern Conference (SoCon) foes.
Memphis has played Chattanooga (9-2), Davidson (0-1), Furman (2-0), Samford (3-1), The Citadel (3-2), UNC Greensboro (1-0) and Wofford (1-0).
The last time the Tigers played a SoCon opponent was 2008-09 when they faced Chattanooga in the quarterfinal round of the 2008 Puerto Rico Shootout. Memphis posted an 83-71 win over the Mocs on Nov. 20, 2008.
IT'S MEMPHIS VS. BIRMINGHAM DAY
Saturday will pit the cities of Memphis and Birmingham against each other in the collegiate sports arena.
In the afternoon, the Memphis Tigers football squad will meet Conference USA rival UAB in a 1 p.m. (CT) contest at Legion Field in Birmingham.
Later Saturday evening, the Memphis Tigers will host Samford in a 7 p.m. (CT) hoops contest at FedExForum. Samford is located in Birmingham, Ala.
TIGERS IN IN-SEASON TOURNAMENTS/CLASSICS
Saturday's encounter with Samford is the Tigers' opening round contest in the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis.
The Tigers have an overall record of 90-59 in regular season tournaments/classics in the program's history.
Last season, Memphis was 2-3 in regular-season tournaments/classics. The Tigers were 2-2 in the 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational and 0-1 in the Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout (vs. Louisville).
Memphis has won 16 in-season tournament titles/classics.
The last time the Tigers carried home the trophy from an in-season tournament (more than one game) came in the 2010-11 campaign. Memphis won the Global Sports Challenge with wins over Centenary, Northwestern State, LSU and UT Martin.
IT'S AN NCAA TITLE RING THING
When Memphis and Samford take the floor Saturday, both coaching staffs can claim an NCAA championship ring.
For the Tigers, the staff member with an NCAA title ring is Josh Pastner. The Memphis head coach won his ring as a player on the 1996-97 Arizona team that took the 1997 NCAA title.
In the 1997 NCAA championship game, Arizona defeated Kentucky 84-79 in overtime. A player on that 1996-97 Kentucky team was current Samford assistant coach Scott Padgett.
Padgett is the Bulldogs' staff member with an NCAA title. Padgett helped lead Kentucky to the 1998 national championship.
FORMER PAC-10 RIVALS MEET AGAIN
Saturday's game features an old Pac-10 (now Pac-12) Conference rivalry between Memphis head coach Josh Pastner (Arizona) and Samford assistant coach Yasir Rosemond (Oregon).
Pastner was a player, staff member and assistant coach at Arizona from 1996-2008. Rosemond played at Oregon from 1997-99 and served on the Ducks staff from 2005-10.
In the seasons in which both were at their respective schools, Pastner held a narrow 6-4 edge in those meetings.
THE GOLDEN (EAGLE) TIE THAT BINDS
Although they didn't work together in Milwaukee, Memphis assistant coach Aki Collins and Samford head coach Bennie Seltzer both have connections to Marquette.
The previous four seasons (2008-12), Collins served as an assistant on Buzz Williams' staff. Collins helped lead the Golden Eagles to four-straight, 20-win seasons (96-45 record), four-consecutive NCAA Tournaments and two NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances.
The two seasons (2006-07, 2007-08) prior to Collins' time in Milwaukee, Seltzer was a member of Tom Crean's staff at Marquette. In his two years with the Golden Eagles, Seltzer helped the program earn two NCAA Tournament berths.
Samford is the second of six teams that will make their first trips to FedExForum this year.
North Florida was the first FedExForum newbie this season when it played on the Tigers' homecourt Nov. 12 (81-66 Memphis win).
The other four visiting programs that will play for the first time in FedExForum this season are Ohio Dec. 5, Oral Roberts Dec. 28, Loyola (Md.) Dec. 30 and Harvard Jan. 19.
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 SUCCESS AT FEDEXFORUM
The Tigers have a 146-17 overall record (.896 winning percentage) at FedExForum since moving to the arena for the 2004-05 campaign.
Since the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, Memphis has won 136 of its last 147 home games (.925 winning percentage).
The Tigers are 13-0 in exempt-event games (tournament/classics) at FedExForum.
ALWAYS A FIRST TRIP, NEVER A SECOND
Samford is making its fourth trip to the Bluff City to play the Tigers. However, each Bulldogs' trip to Memphis had them playing the Tigers in a different gym/arena.
The following shows where Samford has played the Tigers in Memphis each of its four trips:
Year Gym/Arena Result
2012-13 FedExForum --
2003-04 The Pyramid 63-62, UofM
1973-74 Mid-South Coliseum 101-69, UofM
1947-48 Memorial Gym 37-32, UofM
The city of Memphis will be well represented in Saturday's Battle 4 Atlantis opening-round contest between the Tigers and Bulldogs.
The squads combine to have eight players from Memphis area on the two rosters.
Samford has one player -- Gregg Wooten -- that calls the Bluff City home. Wooten played his high school career at Briarcrest Christian School.
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 Memphis. Freshman Anthony Cole is from Arlington, a suburb of Memphis.
TIGERS SELECT TEAM CAPTAINS
The Tigers selected Tarik Black, Chris Crawford and Joe Jackson as their captains for the 2012-13 season.
The team voted for its team captains Nov. 9 prior to its season opener Nov. 12.