Hustle play second back-to-back of the season at FedExForum, Landers Center

By Geoff Langham | November 22, 2017

This Friday, November 24, the Midwest Division leading Memphis Hustle will make its lone appearance at FedExForum this season when the team takes on the Salt Lake City Stars at 7 p.m. In the first meeting between the two clubs, Memphis earned the team’s first win in franchise history, 102-99.

Fans will be given pom-poms at the door and have the chance for select player autographs located in the VIP Floor Seat Lounge following the game. Plaza Level tickets for Friday’s game are still available starting at $15 and fans wishing to attend can purchase tickets at all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com, the FedExForum Box Office, online at MemphisHustle.com or by calling (901) 888-HOOP.

The Hustle will return to Landers Center the following day to take on the Erie Bayhawks at 7 p.m. Starting with Saturday’s matchup against the Erie Bayhawks and for every Saturday game throughout the season, the Hustle and Founding Partner Coca-Cola are offering a special single game offer that includes a Plaza Level ticket, a 24 oz. Coke and a Dominos Personal Pizza for $14.

Hustle Stats to Watch

– Don’t Sleep On the Stars: Salt Lake City might be 0-6 entering tonight’s game in Austin, but four of those losses have come to teams with a .500 record or better and the Stars will be hungry for the team’s first win. Additionally, the Stars took the Hustle to the final possession at Landers Center earlier this month.

– Nichols Heating Up: After missing the first two games and part of training camp due to illness, forward Austin Nichols is starting to find his groove. He has scored in double digits in two of his last three games and posted career highs in points (15), rebounds (11), field goals (7) and minutes (30) in Tuesday’s game at Rio Grande Valley.

– Great Scott: Durand Scott made his Hustle debut on Tuesday after missing the first five games of the season with an ankle injury. However, it was hard to tell Scott missed time as he posted 13 points and five rebounds in 25 minutes of play.

– Battle on the Boards: Saturday’s matchup features two of the league’s best rebounding teams. Both Memphis and Erie rank in the Top 5 in total rebounds and offensive rebounds, while Erie also ranks fifth in defensive rebounds. The Hustle also rank second in the league at offensive rebounding percentage (30.6).

– Additionally, the Hustle lead the league in blocks per game at 9.2, with no other team blocking an average of 8.0 shots. Erie blocks 6.4 shots per game, tied for third.

Familiar Faces

– Stars forward Brannen Greene appeared in five games (one start) with the 2016 Memphis Grizzlies Summer League team.

– Hustle forward Omari Johnson and Stars guard Jermaine Taylor were teammates for one season (2014-15) on the Maine Red Claws.

– Hustle guard Jordon Crawford played for Stars assistant coach Bryan Bailey when Bailey was an assistant coach for the Westchester Knicks.

– Bayhawks forward Jeremy Evans is a native of Crossett, Arkansas.

– Bayhawks guard Craig Sword played collegiately at Mississippi State University.