After an inconsistent start for the 2012-13 basketball season and an uninspired performance at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament by the Memphis Tigers players, coach Josh Pastner decided enough was enough. He used the tournament as an opportunity to grade what areas the Tigers needed to improve and focus on in the future.
Upon returning from the Bahamas and given an extended period of time before the next game, Pastner instituted boot camp style practices to help get the team on track by pushing his players past their comfort levels and working on mental toughness.
“Will the results happen overnight? No,” Pastner said to the Commercial Appeal. “But I’m looking for the results to happen by the time we get to conference play and we’re ready to take off.”
It seems to be working because the team is beginning to look like the preseason Top 25 squad many were expecting.
Over the past two games against the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks and Ohio Bobcats, the Tigers have dominated by winning by an average of 26.5 points while playing with energy and as a team.
The players are sharing the ball with each other and have accumulated a total of 46 assists. Memphis has forced their opponents to an average of 18 turnovers per game and gained an average of 23 points off of them.
They have gotten the ball up the court quickly while averaging 21 fast breaks points. Plus, the performance has not been limited to the starters. The bench is also contributing by averaging 33.5 points per game.
Memphis has not limited their scoring to outside shooting only–they are averaging 47 points in the paint.
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