After one of the worst performances of the year and a short holiday break, the Memphis Tigers will be back on the court against the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles.
Memphis enters the game with a 7-3 record and many questions.
The Tiger’s season has been comparable to a Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The team has demonstrated two personalities.
The first part of the season the team was very inconsistent and clearly working to find their identity and strengths. Then after the Battle 4 Atlantis, the Tigers showed that they can be aggressive defensively and dominate opponents.
After giving the Louisville Cardinals a run for their money, only to watch the Cardinal’s experience and maturity take over. The Tigers clearly have lost focus and confidence. Maybe the holiday break is what the Tigers needed to take a break from the pressures of college basketball.
Look for the Tigers to continue their energetic and up tempo style, to be aggressive on the boards and to help sophomore forward Adonis Thomas stay involved on the offensive end.
Oral Roberts come into the game on a two game losing streak.
The program is in their first season as a member of the Southland Conference after playing in the Mid-Continent/Summit League for the past 15 seasons.
They are led by senior guard Warren Niles. He is averaging over 21 points per game and shoots 54% from the three point line.
Memphis is an experienced squad, however, Oral Roberts returned just two starters from a season ago (Niles and Damen Bell-Holter). Niles leads the team in scoring while Bell-Holter leads the team in rebounding with over 8 per game.
Both teams will be looking to bounce back from disappointments, but the Tiger’s aggressiveness and enormous home crowd may be too much for the Golden Eagles.
Tip off is 7:00pm on Dec. 28 at the FedExForum.
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.