Tigers set for fourth straight win Wednesday night against Tulane
MEMPHIS, TN – With four home games remaining on the regular season schedule, the Memphis Tigers host Tulane on Wednesday night before embarking on a three-game road trip. Tip-off Wednesday is scheduled for 7 p.m. on ESPN+.
The game against the green wave is the Military & First Responders game, as well as the Slive Foundation Game for prostate cancer research.
The Tigers currently sit fifth in the American Athletic Conference standings, one win behind fourth-placed Tulane and one win ahead of sixth-placed Cincinnati. The top five seeds receive a bye to the first round of the AAC tournament. Including Tulane, each of Memphis’ next five opponents is either ahead of them in the standings or directly behind them.
Tulane is one of the conference’s surprises this season, with seven league wins after being picked to finish tied for ninth in the preseason coaches’ poll. Tulane’s seven AAC wins are already his most since joining the conference in 2014-15.
Memphis has won seven straight FedExForum games against the Green Wave, since losing a 74-66 decision on Jan. 3, 2015. The Tigers lead the series with Tulane, 59-12, but the Green Wave beat Memphis more early this season. from one point. Memphis’ 71 games against the Green Wave are its fourth against an opponent in program history, behind Southern Miss (91), Louisville (90) and Cincinnati (83).
After Wednesday’s game, the Tigers hit the road for an important three-game streak. Memphis plays No. 6/7 Houston on Saturday, Cincinnati next Tuesday, February 15, and SMU next Sunday, February 20. The Tigers then return home to host Temple on Feb. 24 and Wichita State on Feb. 27.
Wednesday’s game is presented by Conway Services.
Memphis Tigers (12-8, 6-4 AAC) vs. Tulane Green Wave (10-10, 7-4 AAC)
Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | 7 p.m. CT
FedEx Forum (18,400); Memphis, TN.
Television: ESPN+ (Greg Gaston, pxp; Jon Albright, analysis; Cassie Carlson, journalist)
Radio: 98.9 THE MEMPHIS ROAR (Dave Woloshin, pxp; Matt Dillon, analysis)
- 28.7: Memphis’ opponent’s field goal percentage over the past two games (39-136), which is the Tiger defense’s best two-game streak this season.
- 8: AAC statistical categories in which Memphis ranks first or second (FG%, 1st; blocks per game, 1st; steals per game, 1st; scoring offense, 2nd; rebounds per game, 2nd; rebounding defense, 2nd; rebounding margin, 2nd ; assists per game, 2nd).
- 25-9: Memphis record when DeAndre Williams plays (.735), versus 7-7 when not playing (.500).
- seven: Back-to-back February wins for the Tigers, dating back to February 29, 2020; Memphis is 16-7 in February under head coach Penny Hardaway.
- 40.4: Lester Quinone3-point percentage in Tiger’s 12 wins (21-52), compared to 22.2% in Memphis’ eight losses (6-27).
THE LAST TIME
- After UCF moved within a point early in the second half, the Tigers fired up the jets and ran away with an 88-60 win over the Knights on Saturday night at FedExForum.
- Memphis has won three straight and six of its last nine overall.
- The 28-point winning margin is the Tigers’ second-largest of the season, behind a 90-51 win over North Carolina Central in Game 2 of the season on Nov. 13.
- The Tigers were led by Josh Minot16 points in just 14 minutes of action.
- Tyler Harris added 15 points and five assists in 17 minutes of play, and Jalen Duren recorded a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
- Lester Quinone contributed 10 points, Alex Lomax was nine and Nolley II landers scored eight points and had four assists.
- Lomax was playing his 100th career game as a Tiger.
- Duren (2), Jayden Hardaway (4), Nolley II (4) and DeAndre Williams (6) were all back in action after missing several games through injury.
- Memphis led at halftime, 36-27, after shooting 55.2 percent from the floor (16-29).
- UCF came out and scored the first eight points of the second half to bring the game to a point at 36-35, but the Tigers snatched six straight games to find some breathing room.
- UCF didn’t come within three points after that, and Memphis went into the final 8:16 with a double-digit lead.
- The Tigers finished the game shooting 56.5 percent from the field (35-62) and had 12 turnovers.
- Memphis outshot the Knights, 41-36, and never trailed in the game.
NOTING THE OPPONENT
- Tulane returns three starters from last season’s team that went 10-13 and finished 10th in the AAC with a 4-12 league mark.
- The Green Wave was chosen to finish tied for 9th place in the conference in the preseason coaches’ poll, tied with South Florida and ahead of East Carolina.
- Second year guard Jaylen Forbes was voted to the second team of all preseason conferences after finishing fourth in the AAC in scoring as a freshman with 16.4 points per game.
- Forbes is currently second on the team and seventh in the AAC with 15.6 points per outing, with Jalen Cook leading the team and ranking second in the conference with 19.3 points per game.
- Kevin Cross is ninth in the AAC with 14.1 points per game, giving the Green Wave three players in the top 10 in scoring, with only Tulsa also having more than one.
- Tigers Coach Penny Hardaway won at Tulane as a sophomore on March 4, 1992, 68-67, when Tulane was ranked 21st in the nation.
- The 20th-ranked Green Wave defeated Hardaway and the Tigers the following year at The Pyramid in Memphis, 86-85, on December 9, 1992.