The Golden Eagles had emerged and still considerably are the closest contenders to the Tigers within Conference USA, but Memphis’ victory over the weekend surely puts them in the driver’s seat.
Well, now news has emerged that the Tigers may have suffered one loss over the weekend despite the statement victory as a team.
Junior guard Antonio Barton, who has appeared in all 23 games for the Tigers this season, reportedly has a hairline fracture in his foot and will likely miss the next 4-6 weeks. Surely enough, that could sideline Barton for the remainder of the season simply based off the timeline of its recovery. The good news, if there is any in this situation, is that Barton’s injury will not require surgery, but instead an extensive rehab down the stretch.
On the season, Barton is averaging 6.2 points per game, so he is not the superstar that the Tigers cannot afford to lose in terms of their NCAA run potential. However, the loss surely does sting, given his experience and the overall production and depth that he provides head coach Josh Pastner on a typical evening.
As the Tigers, who now stand at 20-3 overall and 9-0 within the conference, continues to dominate the league, their focus remains on taking care of business down the stretch within the regular season. Memphis is looking to improve their overall seeding as a berth within the NCAA Tournament seems all but locked up, barring an epic collapse.
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