Saint Mary's vs. Memphis: Full Game Preview

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Saint Mary's vs. Memphis: Full Game Preview
Saint Mary's
(28-6, 10-4 away)
(19) Memphis
(30-4, 21-1 home)
Venue: The Palace of Auburn Hills
2:45PM ET / 11:45AM PT, March 21, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Saint Mary's M Dellavedova 16.0 B Waldow 6.1 M Dellavedova 6.4
Memphis J Jackson 13.6 D Stephens 6.7 J Jackson 4.8

No. 6-seeded Memphis meets 11th-seeded Saint Mary's in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Thursday. It gets started at 2:45 p.m. ET and you can catch it on CBS. The Tigers have not played the Gaels since the 2004-05 season, when they won 81-66.

In their last outing, behind 23 points and six assists from Chris Crawford, the Tigers defeated Southern Miss 91-79 on Mar. 16. He contributes 3.8 rebounds per game in addition to his 10.7 points per game. For the Gaels, Matthew Dellavedova put up 22 points and six rebounds in the 67-54 win over Middle Tennessee State on Mar. 19. With 16.0 points per game and 6.4 assists per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. Saint Mary's sits near the top of the conference standings in the following categories: defensive rebounding percentage at 75.5, effective field goal percentage at 54.5, and offensive rebounding percentage at 37.1.

Saint Mary's StatSmack

  • Last year the worst team in Conference USA had a higher RPI than the worst team in the West Coast (No. 242 vs. No. 294).
  • Conference USA had fewer blowout games in conference (meaning there is greater parity within the conference) than in the West Coast.
  • Last year Conference USA lost fewer non-conference blowout games than the West Coast (four vs. 11).
  • Conference USA has 2 teams - Southern Miss (10.2) and Memphis (9.2) - that create more steals per game than the West Coast leader, Brigham Young (8.5).
  • Memphis has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Saint Mary's (one vs. zero).
  • Memphis is better at defending the three (33.4 percent allowed vs. 37.5 percent allowed) than Saint Mary's this season.
  • Memphis has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Saint Mary's (eight vs. four).
  • AP voters think more highly of Memphis and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Saint Mary's (111 vs. 40).
  • Conference USA had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the West Coast.
  • Since 1998, Memphis has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Saint Mary's (15 vs. zero).
  • Memphis is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Memphis is 212 lbs compared to 206 lbs for Saint Mary's.
SMC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ M. Dellavedova 36 16 3 6 1 0 3
B Stephen Holt 32 12 5 2 1 0 1
B- Brad Waldow 22 10 6 0 0 1 1
B- Beau Levesque 22 10 4 1 1 0 1
C+ Mitchell Young 20 7 6 1 1 0 1
C J. Walker III 22 7 4 1 1 0 1
C Jorden Page 19 7 1 2 1 0 1
C Jordan Giusti 15 3 2 1 1 0 1
C- Matt Hodgson 11 3 2 0 0 1 1
D+ Kyle Rowley 6 2 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Paul McCoy 5 1 2 1 0 0 0
D+ E. Petrulis 4 2 1 0 0 0 0
MEM Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Joe Jackson 32 14 3 5 2 0 3
B Geron Johnson 28 10 5 4 2 0 3
B D.J. Stephens 23 7 7 1 1 2 1
B Adonis Thomas 29 12 5 2 1 1 2
B- Chris Crawford 27 10 4 3 1 0 2
C+ Shaq Goodwin 21 8 5 1 1 1 2
C+ Tarik Black 20 8 5 0 1 1 1
C Antonio Barton 19 6 1 1 1 0 1
D Damien Wilson 5 2 1 0 0 0 1
D Ferrakohn Hall 5 1 1 0 0 0 1
D Trey Draper 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Stan Simpson 6 2 1 0 0 0 1
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