Showtime on Beale Street has a little different meaning for the Memphis Tigers tonight against Austin Peay.
Take you downtown to FedExForum where the 19th ranked Tigers are out to protect their National Ranking...
But, to do so they'll have to dominate a team they're favored by more than 23-points to beat..
Sounds simple, but the U of M has rarely covered a game this season, something the pollsters will take into account if Memphis is to stay in the Top 25...
Chris Douglas-Roberts scored a career-high
28 points on 10-of-12 shooting to lead No. 19 Memphis to an 88-63
victory over Austin Peay on Thursday night.
Douglas-Roberts, a sophomore guard, also was 8-of-10 from the
line and had five assists for Memphis (8-2). The Tigers shot 62
percent from the field.
Doneal Mack, Jeremy Hunt and Kareem Cooper added 11 points each,
and Joey Dorsey finished with 11 rebounds. Cooper hit all five of
Derek Wright led Austin Peay (3-5) with 18 points, and Fernandez
Lockett had 12.
Memphis scored the game's first 10 points and built a 22-2 lead.
Governors coach Dave Loos called three early timeouts to try to
reverse the Tigers' momentum. It didn't help, and Austin Peay never
threatened the rest of the way.
With its taller frontline clogging the middle and controlling
the boards, Memphis outrebounded Austin Peay 43-21 and outscored
the Governors in the paint 58-20. At times, the difference was so
evident, Memphis coach John Calipari had to coax his team to
continue playing with intensity.
Memphis caused turnovers off the press and controlled the middle
with three early blocks. That led to the Governors missing eight of
their first nine shots, while the Tigers scored 13 points off
Austin Peay's first seven turnovers.
The Governors shot 27 percent for the first half, including
1-of-10 from 3-point range, while Memphis connected on 63 percent.
The biggest problem for the Tigers was after building an early
lead, they got sloppy handling the basketball, committing eight
turnovers in the half.
The Tigers closed the half with the last six points to rebuild
the lead to 47-25.
Douglas-Roberts led Memphis in the first half with 17 points,
hitting seven of his eight first-half shots. Wright led the
Governors with six points in the half.
Memphis maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second
half, despite calling off the pressure defense and committing 10
turnovers in the first 9 minutes.
The Tigers, now 8-and-2 on the season, next head West for their toughest test of the year, a road game at 10th Ranked Arizona next Wednesday night Dec. 20th.