The Memphis Tigers returned to the FedEx Forum to take on the Jackson State Tigers Saturday afternoon after an extended winter break vacation. Memphis has been the beneficiary of home cooking this season, posting a perfect 5-0 record on their home court. Jackson State entered the contest on a mini winning streak, but would have to swim through uncharted waters in order to extend their winning streak to three games. Jackson State has been an underwhelming 3-5 on the road this season. Not only would Jackson State have their hands full with one of the better teams in the country, but they would also have to play in front of over 10,000 unruly fans for the first time this season.
Jackson State could not hang with their tiger adversary, as Jackson State would fall to Memphis 75-61. The result of the game was never in question, as Memphis led by as many as 19 points. Memphis was +1 in the turnover differential, but had a whopping 20 turnovers on the day. Memphis was able to beat their opponent by 14, but were 20-point favorites. Memphis guard Michael Dixon Jr. was the Tigers’ leading scorer, but has been in a funk offensively the past four games. His struggles from three-point range in that four-game span should be cause for concern, as his current clip in that four game stretch is 1-for-17.
Memphis had the win etched in their schedule result column well before the opening tip. The Tigers got the victory, albeit in a sloppy fashion. If the Tigers can overcome their shortcomings, the AAC championship could be theirs. With that being said, unless Memphis does not work out the kinks, they will struggle in a deep AAC this season.