What a difference a week makes. Thanksgiving 2012 will always be a painful memory for the Memphis Tigers coaches, players and fans.
It was the day the Tigers started the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament as a ranked team with high expectations.
It was the day the Tigers would experience their first test of high level competition for the season.
It was the day the Tigers veterans would have the opportunity to show the world with a national televised audience that they are ready to be more than just a team that dominates in the CUSA.
It was the day the Tigers would show the world that they are ready to transition to the Big East (or what’s left of the Big East) and compete.
It was the day the Tigers experienced 40 minutes of “havoc” pressure provided by Virginia Commonwealth Rams.
On Thanksgiving 2012, Memphis failed the test.
Over the next couple of days, a fellow Memphian scored 41 points on the Tigers, they left the tournament with a 1-2 record, and they dropped out of the national rankings.
That’s not exactly how a team would want to spend their Thanksgiving holiday in the beautiful Bahamas.
Exactly one week from Thanksgiving, the Tigers came back on the court with renewed energy against the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks and defeated the team in dominating fashion by 28 points.
That’s the type of performance everyone has been waiting on against teams they are supposed to beat.
The Tigers will face an undefeated Ohio Bobcats on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at FedExForum. The Bobcats reached the NCAA Sweet 16 last season.
This will be an opportunity for the Tigers to display that the Battle 4 Atlantis performance was part of the process of a long college basketball season.
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.