Memphis Tigers junior forward Tarik Black will not play in Thursday’s game against UT-Martin, due to an internal matter, coach Josh Pastner reported late Wednesday night.
“I’m going to give him some time to figure some things out, and this should be resolved by Friday,” Pastner said to the Commercial Appeal. “This is nothing regarding the law or any rules broken.”
Black is a preseason all-Conference USA first-team selection and averaging 10.6 points and five rebounds in his third season.
It was expected that Black would benefit greatly from the addition of freshman forward Shaq Goodwin to the team. Goodwin is averaging 5.6 points, four rebounds and leads the team in steals with nine total.
Goodwin is a big body pass first type of player and would relieve pressure for Black on the offensive and defensive ends. However, Black, along with the entire team, has had an early up and down season.
The team is looking to regroup after a disappointing appearance in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas returning with a 1-2 record and dropping out of the Top 25 polls.
The Tigers next seven games will be at home at the FedEx Forum against Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks, Ohio Bobcats, Austin Peay Governors, Louisville Cardinals, Lipscomb Bisons, Oral Roberts Golden Eagles and Loyola Greyhound.
Playing at home and having home court advantage will be a good opportunity for the team to regroup. The biggest test for the Tigers will be the Dec. 15 game against the No. 5/6 ranked Cardinals.
Memphis is 3-2 going into Thursday’s game against the Sky Hawks (2-4).
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