Memphis vs. Rice Preview

Comcast Sports South (CSS)/Comcast channel 6 and digital channel 6 (Craig Ackerman, 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. Rice game live in All-Access at 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.

Memphis was able to eek out  a 62-58 win over UAB Saturday, and the Tigers now find themselves back in a familiar position atop C-USA. Many may have forgotten, but it was just last year when Memphis’ record streak of 64 straight C-USA victories was stopped by UTEP; the Tigers also won 52 consecutive regular season C-USA games. Pretty impressive.

The Tigers (20-6; 8-3 C-USA) now lead UTEP (7-3 C-USA) by half a game in the conference. Memphis will travel to El Paso to face the Miners on Feb. 26 in a matchup that will have a big-time impact on the Tigers’ NCAA tournament hopes.


  • Rice is 11-14 (3-8 C-USA) this season, but Memphis can’t afford to take the Owls lightly. The Owls have dropped four of their last five with losses to SMU, UTEP, UAB and Marshall and the only win coming in a 71-61 decision against Tulane.
  • Arsalan Kazemi, the only player of Iranian descent in NCAA basketball, leads the Owl in scoring at 15.9 ppg (7th in C-USA). Tamir Jackson and Connor Frizzelle are the only other Rice players averaging in double figures at 13.3 ppg and 10.8 ppg, respectively.
  • Tiger big men Will Coleman, Wesley Witherspoon and Tarik Black will have their hands full down low with Kazemi, who leads C-USA in rebounding at 11.5 rpg.
  • 62.7 percent of Memphis’ scoring this season is coming from freshmen, the third highest percentage in the nation behind North Dakota State and Kentucky.
  • Josh Pastner is making a return home to the Houston area. He grew up in Kingston, Texas just 25 miles from the Rice campus.
  • Cardiac Cats: Memphis is 13-2 in games decided by less than 10 points this season.

About pmccllln

21 years young. Senior PR student at the University of Memphis. Student intern for Memphis Athletic Media Relations. Follow me @p_mcclellan.

Posted on February 18, 2011, in Beat Blog, C-USA Basketball, Josh Pastner, Memphis Athletics, Memphis Tigers, NCAA Basketball, Rice Owls and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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