Remember the Memphis Tigers?
Well, after beginning the season within the AP Top 25, a brutal opening month in terms of their schedule brought up some questions surrounding the Tigers’ overall potential. However, fast forward to now and Memphis is back in the Top 25, looking like the dangerous squad that they were expected to be.
Much of their recent success can be attributed to their continued dominance within Conference USA, but the Tigers are simply rolling as mid-February arrives. On Wednesday night, Memphis totaled 93 points and improved to 10-0 within the league while notching their 15th consecutive victory overall in the process.
The star and catalyst on Wednesday night’s victory over Central Florida was starting point guard Joe Jackson. Head coach Josh Pastner continues to get some crucial production from Jackson this season and on Wednesday there was once again no denying that. Jackson scored a team-high 21 points, but also dished out ten assists in the win. The double-double was Jackson’ second of the season, but first by way of a point-assist combination.
The most impressive part of Jackson’s stat line however, may have been his overall shooting performance. The 6-foot-1 point guard was 10-of-12 from the field, setting an early pace for the Tigers to follow throughout the contest.
At this point in the season, there are still plenty of games remaining. However, you can quickly rush to judgement when looking down the schedule as to just who, if anybody, can stop the Tigers from obtaining the No. 1 seed within the conference tournament.
Memphis will undoubtedly be a tournament team come March, barring some unforeseen collapse, so the more the Tigers can win, the better off their seeding will be once the bracket is released. They will look to keep things rolling on Saturday as they make a trip to Marshall.
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