After beginning the year 1-0 by defeating Austin Peay, the 11th-ranked Memphis Tigers ran into the buzzsaw that is Marcus Smart and the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Saturday, the Tigers look to rebound when they welcome in the 0-3 Nicholls State Colonels.
That loss to Oklahoma State was definitely a wake-up call for the Tigers and head coach Josh Pastner. As expected, he was in no way pleased with the way his team performed against Oklahoma State, especially his top scorers, Joe Jackson, Chris Crawford, Geron Johnson and Mizzou transfer, Michael Dixon Jr.:
“If they play like (Tuesday) then it’s going to be a different deal, but I just didn’t see those guys playing like that. I could see one guy to play poor, but not all four.”
Those four were uncharacteristically bad on Tuesday night against the Cowboys. Collectively, they only totaled 21 points on 8-of-34 shooting.
It’s not likely that something like that will happen many times this season, but the trick is only having it happen against a below-average opponent and not the seventh-ranked team in the country.
Nicholls State may be in for a long night, courtesy of this angry Tigers team.
Date: Nov. 23
Start Time: 6pm ET
Location: Memphis, TN
Arena: FedEx Forum
Live Stream: ESPN3
Who do you think wins this early season match up? Will the Tigers take out their frustration on their winless opponent, or can Nicholls State get their first win of the year in improbable fashion? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.