Nation’s longest win streak on the line in El Paso
El Paso, TX (Sports Network) – The sixth-ranked Memphis Tigers own the
nation’s longest winning streak at 17 games, and they are clearly
favored in tonight’s Conference USA clash with the Miners of Texas El-
Memphis captured its second straight outright league title last week, and
it hopes to become just the second team ever to post an unbeaten
Conference USA regular season. The last loss for the Tigers came way
back on December 20th against Arizona, and 15 of the 17 wins during the
current streak have come by double figures.
UTEP is a mediocre team at best, a statement backed up by a 14-14 overall
record. The Miners have lost four of their last five games to fall to 6-8 in
conference, and the most recent setback came on Saturday to East
Carolina in a 79-78 final.
Memphis has won five of the six previous meetings with UTEP, including
a 66-56 win in last year’s matchup.
Chris Douglas-Roberts continues to lead Memphis in scoring with 15.1 ppg,
and Jeremy Hunt is second with his 13.9 ppg. The third and final double-
digit scorer in the lineup is Robert Dozier with his 10.5 ppg. Keep an eye
on Joey Dorsey, as he is pulling down 9.8 rpg and has blocked 74 shots to go
along with his 8.7 ppg. The Tigers are racking up 80.4 ppg while limiting
their opponents to 62.5 ppg on 38.3 percent overall shooting efficiency.
On Sunday, Memphis posted a 77-64 decision over Houston. Douglas-Roberts
scored 19 points in that clash, and he is the reigning C-USA Player of the
Year. Dorsey posted 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Hunt tallied 14
points. Memphis committed just 10 turnovers in the clash, six fewer than
the team was able to force.
While UTEP has been inconsistent this season, Stefon Jackson has clearly
been one of the league’s most dynamic players. Jackson is scoring 18.5 ppg
to go along with 6.0 rpg, and he has gotten to the foul line over 200
times. Kevin Henderson adds 11.1 ppg to the mix as the only other double-digit
scorer in the lineup, but his 38.4 percent overall shooting needs
to be improved significantly. Jackson scored 24 points against East
Carolina on Saturday, but that effort was not enough to avoid a one-point
setback. UTEP shot a stellar 27-of-33 from the foul line in that clash, but
a 5-of-22 effort from three-point range didn’t help matters. Dale Vanwright
posted 17 points in defeat, but Henderson finished with only four points on 1-
of-9 efficiency from the field.