After playing inconsistent over the first three games, including an exhibition game, there is some uncertainty surrounding the Memphis Tigers basketball program. So much uncertainty, that the Tigers have dropped in the Top 25 polls.
Despite having a 2-0 record, the Memphis Tigers dropped two spots in The Associated Press poll to No. 19 and one spot in the USA Today coaches poll to No. 17.
With a veteran team, this was expected to be the year the Tigers demonstrate that they are more than just a team that dominates in the CUSA.
On the flip side, the Tigers have shown that teams can shoot the three point shot on them, teams can play with more energy than them and that they are willing to relax after building a large lead.
“I definitely think the rankings should be based off performance, but to be honest, I really don’t care about rankings. I don’t even know what we’re ranked,” said junior forward Tarik Black to the Commercial Appeal.
Memphis is listed No. 19 in the ESPN Power Rankings. The ESPN voters reported this about the Tigers early games. “The Tigers aren’t really blowing anyone out yet, but did eventually top Samford Saturday.”
The expectations for the Tigers are not just to win games they are supposed to win. The expectations are for the Tigers to dominate the game and blow teams out.
There is one way for the Tigers to win back the respect of the media and coaches – win in the Bahamas.
Memphis will face Virginia Commonwealth Rams in its Battle 4 Atlantis championship-round opener on Thursday.
Patosha Jeffery is the Memphis Tigers Featured Columnist at Rant Sports. Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @patoshajeffery and add her Google + to your circles for all of her latest articles and thoughts.