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Notes and Quotes from the AAC Tournament

By Updated: March 15, 2019 12:18 AM CT | Published: March 14, 2019 5:38 PM CT

(5) MEMPHIS 83, (12) TULANE 68

MEMPHIS

* Memphis will play fourth-seed UCF on Friday about 1 p.m. in the second game of the afternoon session. The first game has 11th-ranked and top-seed Houston facing UConn at 11 a.m. UConn, the tournament's ninth-seed, defeated South Florida in Thursday's opening game of the tournament.

* The Tigers are now 16-2 at FedExForum this season, the two losses coming to Tennessee and Cincinnati.

* Memphis is now 3-0 when entering a game as the higher seed. They will be the lower seed when the play UCF (No. 4) in the quarterfinals Friday afternoon.

* With his 21 points, Jeremiah Martin moved past Chris Douglas-Roberts for 10th place on the Tigers all-time scoring list.

* Mike Parks was a perfect 6 for 6 from the field, scoring 14  points, recording his first double-double of the season.

* Memphis defeated Tulane all three times this season and has eight straight wins over the Green Wave. The Tigers hold a 55-11 record in the series.

* Memphis has now own seven of its last nine games.

"I think the Tulane game, to me, was a trap game because everybody was saying you're going to win when you play (No. 4 seed) UCF. That's when you get in trouble." --Memphis coach Penny Hardaway 

TULANE

* Tulane is now 2-5 all-time in AAC tournament play, and have lost four straight tournament games.

* The loss was the 21st straight for the Green Wave. The last Tulane win was Dec. 17 over Texas Southern 77-70.

* Tulane ends the season 4-27.

* Shawkwon Barrett had seven assists, tying the all-time Tulane mark for steals in an AAC tournament game.

* Tulane turned 10 Memphis turnovers into 18 points and held a 22-4 edge in fastbreak points.

"It's been a terrible year, if you don't win a game all year in the conference." -- Tulane coach Mike Dunleavy Sr.

(6) WICHITA STATE 73, EAST CAROLINA 57

WICHITA STATE

* The win was coach Gregg Marshall’s 498th  for his career.

* Wichita State will face No. 3 seed Temple on Friday, the second consecutive year the two teams have met in the quarterfinals.

* The win marked the sixth straight year that a No. 6 seed has moved on to the quarterfinals. Two six seeds – Memphis in 2016 and UConn in 2015 – eventually reached the title game.

* The Shockers have had at least three players reach double figures in the last seven games.

* Wichita State scored 34 points in the paint and led 44-32 in rebounds. The Shockers recorded 23 second-chance points off 17 offensive rebounds.

ECU

* ECU held the Shockers to shooting 20-percent from downtown. The Pirates held 15 teams to shooting under 30-percent outside the three-point arc this season.

* Freshman Jayden Gardner set ECU’s all-time scoring record by a freshman with his game-high 16 points Thursday. He ended the year with 505 total points.

* With his 505 points this season, Gardner became the third freshman in conference history to reach the 500-point milestone (Dedric Lawson, Memphis – 521; Jahmal McMurray, USF – 500).

* After giving up 10 turnovers in the first half, the Pirates only had two turnovers through the final 20 minutes.

(10) SMU 74, (7) TULSA 65

SMU

* Became the first 10 seed to win an opening roiule game in the tournament since 2016, when Tulane defeated seventh-seeded UCF. That version of the Green Wave would eventually lose in the semifinals after defeating second-seeded Houston in that year’s quarterfinals.

* The game was the first time SMU and Tulsa have played each other in the AAC tournament.

* SMU led for all but about three minutes in the game.

* Jahmal McMurray’s 27 points marked the 12th game he has reached at least 20 points.

* Only seven Mustangs played in Thursday’s game, and that includes seven minutes from Nat Dixon.

* Along with McMurray and Chargois, Jarrey Foster finished with 10 points, marking the fourth straight game where at least three Mustangs have scored in double figures.

"It's going to be another great game. We've got to stick to our strengths, rebound the basketball, and I fell like it will be a great battle for both teams." -- SMU guard Jahmal McMurray said of facing No. 24 Cincinnati in Friday's quarterfinals.

TULSA

* Got 24 points from its bench and outscored SMU in the paint 32-16.

"We took 33 3s, and we don't want to take 33 3s. But I thought we had opportunities to throw the ball inside more. We didn't. We just couldn't buy a basket." -- Tulsa coach Frank Haith

(9)UCONN 80, (8)SOUTH FLORIDA 73


UCONN

* UConn shot 66.7 percent in the first half, connecting on 14 of 21 shots. That was the highest-shooting percentage for a half in conference tournament history. The Huskies also were 9 of 14 in the half from outside the arc, the most made 3-pointers in a half in the postseason tournament.

* Christian Vital of UConn led the Huskies with 25 points, the third time this season he has led the Huskies in scoring.

* UConn has won at least one game in the tournament in five of the six years.

* The 15 3-pointers was a season-high for UConn.

* UConn’s biggest lead was 18 (once in each half). The one in the second half came with 10:25 left on a 3-pointer by Vital to put UConn up 62-44.

QUOTABLE

“I think the difference between last year and this year is just the team is so much more locked in. We are not worrying about other things – outside things. Everyone is locked in on the team in front of us, the matchups all of that stuff. So, now that we’ve got past USG, we are locked in on Houston.” – Jalen Adams on moving to the second round on Friday.

“The biggest difference is we are not thinking about going back to Storrs right now.” – Christian Vital in comparing last year’s first round when the Huskies lost to SMU.


SOUTH FLORIDA

*Four Bulls reached double figures led by Laquincy Rideau’s 19 points. Rideau also had seven assists.

*South Florida lost two of three to UConn, the only Bulls win coming at home in Tampa.

* Alexis Yetna, awarded the league’s Freshman of the Year honor, entered the game as the conference’s leading rebounder at 9.7 a game. He grabbed a game-high seven boards in Thursday’s opening game.

QUOTABLE

“I’m not going to lie. We’re disappointed in that. But not discouraged, and there’s a big difference between the two.” – South Florida coach Brian Gregory.



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Clay Bailey

Clay Bailey

Clay Bailey, a lifelong Memphian, has worked as a reporter in the city almost four decades. He concentrated on suburban coverage. He also is a freelance sportswriter for the Associated Press.


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