Hustle Continue Six-Game Homestand with Windy City, Early Title Contender Sioux Falls
The Memphis Hustle will play the third and fourth games of a six-game homestand at Landers Center this week, starting with Wednesday's 7 p.m. matchup against the Windy City Bulls (1-4). The Hustle will then take on the currently unbeaten Sioux Falls Skyforce (6-0) on Saturday at 7 p.m. The first 1,000 fans in attendance Saturday will receive free Hustle T-shirts.
The Windy City Bulls enter Wednesday's matchup with a 1-4 record and a four-game losing streak. Former Phoenix Suns guard and two-way player Tyler Ulis leads the Bulls with 20.8 points and 8.0 assists per game. Former White Station Spartan and Memphis Tiger Ferrakohn Hall averages 14.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. The Bulls rank 26th in the league with just 97.6 points scored per game while the Hustle have given up just 98.5 points per game at home so far this season. In last season's matchup, Marquis Teague hit a buzzer beater in Chicago to give the Hustle a 121-120 victory.
On Saturday, the unbeaten Sioux Falls Skyforce return to Landers Center. The teams met on Sunday, Nov. 5 and if that game was any indication of what's to come, fans in Southaven can expect fireworks. The teams went back and forth all game, with Dusty Hannahs hitting a go-ahead three with 15 seconds left to give the Hustle a 125-123 lead. However, Duncan Robinson hit one himself to give the Skyforce the lead with nine seconds left and eventually the game. In Monday night's matchup against Salt Lake City, the Skyforce scored 136 points and knocked down 24 three-pointers, including 18 in the first half alone.
Tickets for both games 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
Wild West Shootout: The Hustle (121.0 ppg) lead the league in scoring and the Skyforce (120.0 ppg) are tied for second. The Hustle also lead the league in offensive rating (116.6).
By A Landslide: On Nov. 11, the Hustle completed the largest win in franchise history, defeating the defending NBA G League champion Austin Spurs 132-86 at Landers Center. The rout was on from the beginning as the Hustle jumped out to leads of 11-0 and 33-13 before taking a 59-30 lead at halftime. The third quarter did little to quell the onslaught, as the Hustle led by as many as 53. The performance came from a balanced effort, as no Hustle player scored more than 20 points and nine players scored at least nine points.
The Carter 3: Grizzlies assignee Jevon Carter has been stellar for the Memphis Hustle through the first four games of the season. He is the only player in the NBA G League currently averaging at least 20.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. On 11/5 at Sioux Falls, he posted a stellar 29-point performance to go along with six assists and six steals. Carter currently ties for seventh in steals per game (2.5).
Yuta Mania: The 2018 Atlantic 10 DPOY, Yuta Watanabe is beginning to show signs of stardom in the G League arena, averaging a productive, 10.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. In the team's first two home games (including a 25-point performance on 11/9), Watanabe shot 11-of-16 (.688) from the field and was +47.
Charity Stripe: After two lackluster showings from the free throw line on the road, the Hustle have been nearly automatic from the free throw line at home. Over the last two games, the team has knocked down 54-of-59 (.915) attempts, including 26-of-27 (.963) against Austin Sunday. The Hustle are currently third in the G League for free throw percentage (.821). Familiar Faces
Bulls forward Ferrakohn Hall played prep ball at White Station High School in Memphis and spent two season with the University of Memphis (2011-13).
Grizzlies assignee Jevon Carter and Bulls two-way player Tyler Ulis both played prep ball in the Chicagoland area.
Skyforce guard Briante Weber has had two stints on the Grizzlies roster, coming in the 2015-16 season and the 2017-18 season.
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