No. 18/19 Tigers Enter December Wednesday Night at Georgia
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Memphis Tigers begin a stretch of four games against Southeastern Conference foes in their next five contests Wednesday night at Georgia. Tip-off in Athens is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. CT on SEC Network.
Memphis is ranked No. 18 in this week's Associated Press poll and 19th in the coaches poll after falling from No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. Georgia enters the contest with a 2-5 mark, and the game against Memphis is its second on an eight-game, 37-day homestand.
The Tigers' 18-day stretch of games against Georgia, Ole Miss, Alabama and Tennessee marks the most games against SEC opponents the program has played in a season since 2001-02. That year, the Tigers defeated Tennessee and lost to Alabama, Ole Miss and Arkansas in the regular season, before also beating South Carolina in the NIT Championship game.
The night before the Georgia game, Tiger redshirt-junior Landers Nolley II will travel to nearby Fairburn, Ga., to have his jersey retired at Langston Hughes HS. He is the first player in Langston Hughes' 12-year history to earn this honor. Nolley II won two state championships while at Langston Hughes and still holds the school record for career points in only two seasons of play.
After Wednesday's game, the Tigers remain on the road and head to Ole Miss Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2. The Tigers then return to FedExForum to host Murray State on Dec. 10 and nationally-ranked Alabama on Dec. 14.
#18/19 Memphis Tigers (5-1) at Georgia (2-5)
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 | 6:15 p.m. CT
Stegeman Coliseum (10,523); Athens, Ga.
Television: SEC Network (Tom Hart, pxp; Daymeon Fishback, analysis)
Radio: 98.9 THE ROAR OF MEMPHIS (Dave Woloshin, pxp; Matt Dillon, analysis)
Satellite: Sirius 136 / XM 201 / SXM App 964
BY THE NUMBERS
4: Top-10 teams in last week's AP Top 25 poll also lost a game (No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 2 UCLA, No. 4 Kansas, No. 10 Alabama).6: Statistical categories in which Memphis currently leads the AAC (scoring offense, FG%, FG% defense, rebounding, steals per game, blocks per game).15-2: Memphis' record over the last two seasons when attempting more free throws than its opponent, including 3-0 this season.1: Freshman in the nation, Memphis' Jalen Duren, currently averaging at least 11.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game.5.3: Average margin of victory in the three all-time meetings between Memphis and Georgia; the last two, both Bulldog wins, have been decided by a total of five points.
THE LAST TIME OUT
The Tigers absorbed their first loss of the season with a 78-59 setback to unbeaten Iowa State Friday night in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn, N.Y.No.
9/10 Memphis (5-1) shot 35.8 percent from the floor (19-53), committed 22 turnovers and were outrebounded for the first time this season, 42-34.Iowa State (6-0) was led by Gabe Kalscheur's 30 points and eight rebounds.Emoni Bates had 12 points and three blocked shots, and Landers Nolley II ended with 11 points for the Tigers.Alex Lomax and Lester Quinones had eight points apiece for Memphis.
NOTING THE BULLDOGS
Georgia returns one starter and five letterwinners from last season's team that went 14-12 overall and 7-11 in SEC play.To go along with the returners Georgia brings in seven transfers, who arrive in Athens with the largest addition of points to a program this season in Division I basketball at 4,782.The Bulldogs were picked to finish last in the SEC in this year's preseason media poll.Georgia did not have any players selected to either the media or coaches' preseason teams.Of Georgia's five losses on the year, two are by five or fewer points and two are by 10 points apiece.Georgia graduate student P.J. Horne was one of two Bulldogs to start all 26 games in 2020-21, and he was the team's top 3-point shooter with 46 makes.He was teammates with Memphis redshirt-junior Landers Nolley II at Virginia Tech in 2019-20.Nolley II averaged 15.5 points per game for the Hokies that season, and Horne contributed 7.6 points and 4.2 boards per outing.