Hustle host first place Spurs in penultimate home game

By Geoff Langham | March 19, 2018

The Memphis Hustle will play its penultimate home game on Tuesday, March 20, on Grizz Girls Night at Landers Center when the team takes on the Austin Spurs, who stand alone in first place of the NBA G League’s Western Conference and own the NBA G League’s best record (31-16) . The first 500 fans at Landers Center will receive a Grizz Girls poster and the squad will be signing autographs prior to that night’s game.

The teams have split the regular season series 1-1 thus far, highlighted by the second of a streak of three major comebacks by the Hustle in late January and early February. On Feb. 1 in Austin, Memphis faced a 22-point deficit with 4:08 remaining in the second quarter before storming back to take the lead in the third quarter and eventually win the game. Austin dominated the prior matchup at Landers Center on Dec. 22, 121-99.

For the remainder of the 2017-18 regular season, fans who bring their receipt from any Tanger Outlet store (5205 Airways Blvd, Southaven, MS 38671) to the Landers Center Box Office will receive a free Hustle game ticket with the purchase of another ticket. In return, fans who bring their Hustle game ticket to shopper services at Tanger Outlets will receive a free coupon book, good for great deals.

Single Game Tickets for Saturday’s game are still available starting at $10 and fans wishing to attend can purchase tickets at all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com, the Landers Center Box Office, online at MemphisHustle.com or by calling (901) 888-HOOP.

Hustle Stats to Watch

– Omari-Three: Omari Johnson currently sits at seventh in NBA G League history for three-pointers made (413). Additionally, Johnson has played at least 29 games less than anyone inside the Top 10.

– Since Feb. 20, Johnson leads the league in three-pointers made per game (5.4; min. two games played) and second in total three-pointers (43).

– Memphis Marksmen: The Hustle currently lead the league in three-point percentage (38.9 percent).

– Don’t Mess with Texas: In addition to the league’s best record, the Austin Spurs lead the entire league in net rating by nearly an entire point (5.8). The Spurs are also one of the league’s best defensive teams, ranking fifth in both opponent points per game (103.2) and defensive rating (102.6).

– Mark His Production: Point guard Marquis Teague has been among the top guards in the league during the final leg of the 2017-18 season. Since the calendar turned to March, Teague ranks ninth in the NBA G League in scoring (23.8 ppg) and seventh in assists (8.2 apg). Since All-Star Break, he is averaging 23.8 points and 8.4 assists per game.

Familiar Faces

– Spurs guard Jordan Green was at Texas A&M for all three seasons that Hustle head coach Glynn Cyprien was an assistant coach (2011-14).

– Spurs forward Daniel Alexander spent two seasons at Texas A&M (2011-13) while Cyprien was an assistant coach.

– Hustle rookie Kobi Simmons and Spurs rookie Jaron Blossomgame are both Atlanta natives.

– Spurs forward Matt Costello played for the Iowa Energy last season while Cyprien was interim head coach.

– Simmons, Hustle center Chance Comanche and Spurs guard Nick Johnson all played collegiately at Arizona.