Memphis vs. UCF (Round Two)
Television: CBS College Sports (CBS C)/Comcast digital channel 222 (Tom McCarthy, play-by-play; Pete Gillen, color analyst)
Radio: WREC 600 AM (Dave Woloshin, play-by-play; Matt Dillon, color analyst; Forrest Goodman, studio host)
Just four days after outlasting Gonzaga on the road in Spokane, Memphis (17-6, 5-3 C-USA) is preparing to return to the road. The Tigers will travel to Orlando for a rematch with the Knights of UCF (14-7, 1-7 C-USA) on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. (CDT).
The Tigers cruised past the Knights when the teams met Jan. 26 at FedExForum, as Will Barton scored 17 to lead Memphis to a 77-61 victory. UCF is one of the most baffling teams in college basketball this year.
The Knights started the season 14-0 and climbed to as high as No. 18 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll. After defeating Marshall in its C-USA opener, UCF has dropped seven straight games with seven of those losses coming by six or more points.
How does that happen? My guess is first-year head coach Donnie Jones simply motivated the team to play well over their heads in the non conference portion of the schedule. Games slow down once you get into conference play, and teams that struggle with defense and offensive execution run into problems–look at teams like Kansas State and Michigan State.
Even the Tigers have shown signs of struggle of similar things in C-USA play. In the loss to Marshall, Memphis got down early and struggled running any kind of efficient offense. Similar story in second half against Tulsa, when Memphis lost an 11 point lead with just over 10 minutes to play.
- Memphis closed January with a 5-2 mark before dropping its February opener to Tulsa, 68-65 and rebounding with a 62-58 victory on the road against Gonzaga.
- Sophomores Marcus Jordan (16.0 ppg) (Michael Jordan’s son) and Keith Clanton (14.6 ppg) lead the Knights in point production as the only two players averaging double figures. Clanton also leads UCF on the glass, averaging 8.8 rebounds per game.
- UCF starts a true seven-footer in the middle in Tom Herzog, something freshmen Tarik Black says requires adjusting.
- The Tigers hold a 9-0 advantage in the all-time series with Knights, and only two of those games have been decided by single digits. The largest margin of victory in the series was a 49-point win in the 1972-73 campaign (124-75).
- In games decided by four or fewer points, Memphis is 9-3, winning nine of its last 10. This season, the Tigers have a 10-2 record in single-digit outcome games.
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Josh Pastner’s post game press conference after the Tigers’ 77-61 victory over the Knights on Jan. 26:
Posted on February 8, 2011, in C-USA Basketball, cusa, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Josh Pastner, Memphis Tigers, NCAA Basketball, UCF Knights and tagged c-usa basketball, cusa basketball, Memphis, memphis tigers, UCF Knights. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.