Memphis hopes to keep perfect C-USA mark intact
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – The 11th-ranked Memphis Tigers continue their
rampage through the Conference USA schedule, and the next apparent victim is
SMU this afternoon.
The Mustangs hope to score their first win over a ranked team since 2003, but
while they carry a solid 13-8 overall record into this game, their 2-5 league
mark leaves much to be desired. On a positive note, two of the last three
outings have resulted in victory, including a 60-56 triumph over UAB on
Memphis finished 13-1 in league play a year ago, and the squad has won its
first eight games against conference opponents this season. The Tigers have won
their last 10 games overall, including an 87-65 romp over UCF on Wednesday.
They are a perfect 12-0 at home and have beaten all but one league foes by
Memphis has won two of its three all-time series meetings with SMU,
including a 73-53 romp over the Mustangs last season.
There is only one double-digit scorer in the lineup for SMU, as Ike Ofoegbu is
netting 12.8 ppg on 50.6 percent shooting from the floor. The Mustangs are far
from explosive at the offensive end of the floor, as they are netting a modest
65.5 ppg. Fortunately, they have been able to limit opponents to 61.0 ppg on
40.9 percent efficiency from the field, including 30.5 percent shooting from
three-point range. Strong defense led to the victory at UAB on Wednesday, as
SMU held the Blazers to 56 points. The Mustangs connected on only 39.2 percent
of their own field goal attempts, but a 12-5 edge in points from the foul line
and a 33-26 rebounding advantage proved key to the victory. Bamba Fall paced
SMU with 16 points, and Brian Epps had 14 points off the bench. The third and
final double-digit scorer for the Mustangs was Ike Ofoegbu with 10 points.
Chris Douglas-Roberts continues to pace Memphis in scoring with 15.2 ppg on his
56.8 percent shooting from the floor. Jeremy Hunt adds 13.8 ppg for the Tigers,
as he is a 41.1 percent shooter from three-point range. Robert Dozier checks in
with 11.0 ppg, and Joey Dorsey is ripping down 10.3 rpg to go along with 51
blocks. The Tigers are scoring 79.7 ppg as a team while limiting foes to 63.6
ppg on 38.7 percent shooting from the field. In the romp over UCF earlier this
week, Douglas-Roberts scored 23 points on 9-of-13 efficiency from the floor.
Dorsey was close behind with 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting, and Hunt tallied
12 points off the bench. The Tigers connected on 57.9 percent of their field
goal attempts in that triumph and forced 22 turnovers.