Memphis vs. Houston preview

Tigers On TV/Radio/Web
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)
Web: None

Losing to Rice could be a distant memory after tonight if the Memphis Tigers take care of business against Houston. Because of television scheduling, Memphis’ typical Wednesday night game was moved up a day, so the Tigers can get moving forward again.

As Jason Smith wrote in the Commercial Appeal, the U of M is now in survival mode. Pastner wants his team to avoid negativity after the loss and instead use it as fuel for tonight’s contest against the Cougars.

For more than 18 minutes Monday, he went on and on with local media about how losing stinks, how Conference USA is a better league and how he despises negativity.

“Everyone needs to cut out all the negativity. I cannot stand losing, but I also cannot stand negativity,” Pastner said.

Geoff Calkins also has a nice piece in the CA about the Tigers and Grizzlies needing to “scratch and claw their way to wins.”

“We’re Tigers,” said Tarik Black, which wasn’t exactly news.

Except he meant actual Tigers. The kind with stripes. Just follow along for a minute here.

Memphis hasn’t faced Houston since the 2009-10 season, when the Cougars ended the Tigers’ NCAA tournament hopes with a crushing defeating in the quarterfinals of the 2010 C-USA Tournament.


  • Will Barton, Tarik Black, and Will Coleman have attempted 176 two-point field goals in the Tigers’ last 14 wins. They only have 95 two-point attempts in Memphis’ other six games since Jan. 5 (1-5 record).
  • The Cougars are 12-13 this season and have dropped seven of their past eight games. Also, Houston is 2-9 on the road this season, and 4-8 in C-USA.
  • Seniors Adam Brown and Maurice McNeil lead the team in scoring at 13.3 ppg and 13.2 ppg, respectively. The Cougars are under first-year head coach James Dickey, who was an asst. coach at Oklahoma State with Tiger asst. Glenn Cyprien.




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 22, 2011, in Beat Blog, C-USA Basketball, Houston Cougars, Josh Pastner, Memphis Tigers, NCAA Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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