Oral Roberts at Memphis
When: 3:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 20, 2014
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis has posted season scoring highs in
back-to-back games and will look to extend the offensive fireworks Saturday
when Oral Roberts pays a non-conference visit. The Tigers connected on a
season-high 11 3-pointers in an 83-73 home victory over South Carolina Upstate on
Wednesday – two nights after blitzing visiting North Carolina Central 81-47. Memphis
has shot a combined 51.3 percent from the field - 44.4 percent from 3-point
range, 75 percent from the free-throw line and enjoyed an 84-53 rebound
advantage over those two games.
“We adjusted our pace, and our guard play
has been better,” Memphis coach Josh Pastner said at his post-game news
conference Wednesday. “We have more possessions, and we've made shots. … The
adjustments of the pace and speed has been important for us.” Oral Roberts,
meanwhile, is coming off its worst loss of the season – an 85-53 setback
Tuesday night at No. 15 Oklahoma – and is still looking for its first road win.
TV: 3 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network
ABOUT ORAL ROBERTS (4-5): Coach Scott Sutton’s
Golden Eagles are coming off a brutal stretch of three games in four nights,
capped by the road loss to the Sooners. Oral Roberts had topped 80 points the
previous two games in home wins over New Mexico State and Missouri State but is
only averaging 55 points in four road contests. Obi Emegano, who only
played three games last season due to an ACL tear, is setting the pace with 15
points per game, while backcourt mate Korey Billbury is averaging 12.9 and a
team-high 6.4 rebounds.
ABOUT MEMPHIS (5-4): The young Tigers are learning
on the fly with nine first-year players in the program, including only one
senior in Southern University transfer Calvin Godfrey. Sophomore Austin Nichols
(10.9 points), junior college transfer Trahson Burrell (10.8) and third-year
starter Shaq Goodwin (10.1) are leading Memphis in scoring, while Goodwin (6.6
boards), Burrell (5.7) and Nick King (5.6) are the top rebounders. The Tigers
are outrebounding foes by 7.1 per game but are struggling with turnovers,
giving it away 16.8 times per outing.
1. The 6-8 Austin ranked tied for eighth nationally with
3.22 blocked shots per contest through Wednesday's games, and has a combined seven over Memphis’ last two outings.
2. This is the sixth of a nine-game
homestand for the Tigers – the program’s longest since 1979-80.
3. Since 2004, Memphis has won more home games
(181) than any Division I program in the nation. The Tigers are 181-23 over
PREDICTION: Memphis 69, Oral Roberts 62
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