The Jackson State men's basketball team (4-7) returns to action Saturday, Dec. 28 when the Tigers travel to Memphis, Tenn. to take on the No. 17 ranked Memphis Tigers (8-2) at the FedEx Forum. Tip-off for the game is set for 11 am (CT) and the game will be televised on ESPNU and aired on ESPN3 on the web.
JSU is on a two game winning streak, having beaten Evansville and Louisiana Lafayette. Memphis won its last game beating SEMO 77-65.
Television: ESPNU (Adam Amin, play-by-play; Mark Adams, analyst)
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-The Jackson State men’s basketball team enters Saturday’s game with a 4-7 record. JSU is on a 2-game winning streak after beating Evansville (57-51) on the road and Louisiana Lafayette (73-70) in Jackson.
-Julysses Nobles hit a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left in regulation and stole the ULL in-bounds pass to give JSU a 73-70 win. Nobles finished with 14 pts, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
-BJ West recorded his 6th double-double of the season against ULL, as he finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. He also had a game high four blocked shots.
-JSU averages 64.6 ppg and allows 69.6. The Tigers also average 35.8 rpg and allows 33.8.
Memphis - Jackson State Series
- Memphis leads the series 14-1. JSU’s lone win came during the ‘93-94 season when the Tigers beat Memphis State 79-74 in front of a crowd of 11,755. That season, under head coach Andy Stoglin, the Tigers finished with a 19-10 record.
-The Memphis Tigers enter Saturday’s game with an 8-2 overall record. The Tigers are coming off a 77-65 win over SEMO. Shaq Goodwin led the team with a 20 point and eight rebound effort.
-For the season, Joe Jackson is the team’s leading scorer (15.3 ppg). Shaq Goodwin (13.6 ppg) and Michael Dixon, Jr. (10.4) ppg) are the team’s other double-digit scorers .
-The Tigers are 5-0 at home (FedEx Forum).
-Memphis averages 83 ppg and allows 70.3 ppg.
Last Meeting: JSU at Memphis (11/28/11)
-JSU lost 70-45.
-JSU scored 11 1st half points and 26 in the 2nd half.
-Jenirro Bush was JSU’s only double-digit scorer with 11 pts.
-The Tigers shot .308% from the field, .231% in threes and .909% from the line.
JSU & the SWAC Rankings
-JSU leads the SWAC in scoring defense (69.6)
-JSU leads the SWAC in Rebounding Margin (+2.00
- J. Nobles is 3rd in the SWAC in scoring (16.8)
-BJ West leads the SWAC in rebounding (11.2)
-Jeff Stubbs leads the SWAC in FT%(.964)
-BJ West is T-2nd in the SWAC in blocked shots (2.4)
JSU & the NCAA Rankings
-BJ West is ranked 29th (blocks), 37th (rebounds), 42nd double-doubles.
-Jeff Stubbs is ranked 23rd (FT%)
-JB Brent is ranked 24th (3-FGM)
A Little More About The JSU Tigers
-Three Tigers were named to the College Sports Madness 2013 Preseason SWAC team – Julysses Nobles (3rd team), Jeff Stubbs (4th team) and Treshawn Bolden (predicted SWAC Freshman of the Year)
-JSU will be without the services of last year’s second leading scorer Kelsey Howard (14.1 ppg). Howard will sit-out the 2013-14 season
* The 2013-14 season marks the first for Wayne Brent as JSU’s head coach. Brent is the seventh head coach for Jackson State.
* Brent took over the head coaching job at Jackson State following a highly successful career in the high school ranks. Brent is known as one of the best developers of talent in the Jackson area.
* The Tigers finished the 2012-13 season with an 11-18 overall record and a 9-9 conference mark. JSU finished as the No. 2 seed in the SWAC tournament. After beating Alabama State in the quarter finals, the Tigers lost to Prairie View A&M (88-75) in the semifinals.
* Brent’s roster has only two players that saw action from last year’s team (Derrell Taylor and Jeff Stubbs). Taylor is the only returning starter from that team.
* JSU has 12 newcomers on roster this season. The slate of newcomers are highlighted by Jackson high school standouts like Marcus Love (Murrah HS), Dontaveon Robinson (Provine HS), Javares Brent (Provine HS) and Treshawn Bolden (Callaway HS).
* Since taking over as head coach at Jackson State, Wayne Brent has established a new student section for men's home games called "Brent's Bunch". The unit, which is composed of students, cheerleaders and the JSU dance line, is charged with bringing an exciting atmosphere to JSU’s home court (the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center).