Samford (1-2) at (17) Memphis (1-0)
Saturday, November 17, 8 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Frank Haynes, Senior College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: FedEx Forum (18,119) -- Memphis, Tennessee.
Television: None. Home Record: Samford 1-0, Memphis 1-0. Away Record: Samford
0-2, Memphis 0-0. Neutral Record: Samford 0-0, Memphis 0-0. Conference Record:
Samford 0-0, Memphis 0-0. Series Record: Memphis leads, 3-1.
GAME NOTES: With one satisfying win under their belt, the 17th-ranked Memphis
Tigers go in search another as they entertain the Samford Bulldogs on Saturday
night in the opening round of the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis.
The event continues Nov. 22-24 in Nassau, The Bahamas.
Samford has already played three games here in the first week of the season,
sandwiching a 59-40 blowout win over Martin Methodist between losses to Austin
Peay (75-64) and No. 2 Louisville (80-54). The Bulldogs, who are members of
the Southern Conference and will begin league play on Jan. 5, 2013 at home
against Chattanooga, are playing another ranked team tonight, and still has
bouts to come against defending national champion Kentucky, as well as with
Big Ten foe Wisconsin
Memphis opened its season this past Monday at home against North Florida, and
clipped the Ospreys in what turned out to be an 81-66 triumph. The Tigers, who
will face much stiffer competition in the coming weeks before kicking off its
final season as a member of Conference USA against visiting East Carolina on
Jan. 9, 2013.
Memphis leads the all-time series with Samford, 3-1, and the last meeting was
in 2003 and went to the Tigers in a 63-62 final. The Bulldogs' lone win was
way back in 1948.
Samford was blown out of the building in its recent visit to Louisville, at
least in the first half as they trailed 42-13 at the break. The Bulldogs would
play better in the second half, but it was too little too late against a team
as talented and well-coached as the Cardinals. Tim Williams tallied 15 points
and six rebounds for Samford, which also got 11 points from Raijon Kelly,
despite him missing eight of his 12 field goal attempts. The team as a whole
shot just 39.1 percent from the floor, but did manage a 45.0 percent effort
from beyond the arc (9-of-20). A total of 21 turnovers proved costly, as did a
crippling 53-28 rebounding deficit. Williams is averaging 17.0 points and 8.7
caroms per contest here in the early going, while Kelly contributes 11.3
points and 4.7 assists per outing. As a result of having only two players
averaging double digits in scoring, Samford is netting just 59.0 ppg on
typical shooting outputs of 40.6 percent overall, 26.9 percent from three-
point range, and 59.5 percent from the foul line. Add a minus-10 rebounding
margin to the mix and its not difficult to see why the Bulldogs haven't been
Memphis began the season with an easy win over North Florida, and while the
schedule will pick up soon enough, the Tigers aren't likely to find themselves
feeling blue very often this year. Memphis kicked off the campaign without
starting guard Geron Johnson who is out due to suspension, but other guys had
no issue with stepping to the forefront, notably Tarik Black who scored 18
points and grabbed seven rebounds to pace the club in both categories. Joe
Jackson added 14 points, six boards and six assists, while Antonio Barton came
off the bench to tally 11 points, four rebounds and four helpers. As a team,
the Tigers shot just 42 percent from the field and missed 13 of their 19
three-point tries. But the Ospreys made good on only 39.3 percent of their
total shots while committing 16 turnovers and getting abused on the glass,
Samford may contend in the SoCon this year, but against a talented Memphis
squad playing in front of its home fans, don't expect the Bulldogs to hang
around for very long.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Memphis 82, Samford 61
11/17 10:31:34 ET
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