MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The home stretch of the college basketball season for the Memphis Tiger Men’s Basketball team has one simple truth.
While the NCAA Tournament is the goal, making a tournament is a makeable reality.
The Tigers went into Wednesday’s home game against Tulane at FedExForum needing a miracle finish to make the big dance, but with a realistic shot at helping secure a spot in the NIT.
It's been 5 years since the U of M has been in any post season event. That's one year more than Jeremiah Martin has been at Memphis.
The Tigers blew out the Green Wave, winning 102-76.
After the game, Jeremiah says the whole team wanted him to light it up!
"My teammates was one me,” Martin said. “They wanted me to get it more than I wanted to, because at a time in point in the game I was like, 'man I'm tired bro, I'm about to go ahead and chill. Coach was like, 'man, get it or you're gonna come out.'"
"When he got to 28 points, with 14-15 minutes left I said get to 40. I told him, 'get to 40.' When he got to 40 I wasn't taking him out of the game until he broke his career high, and got to that point,” said Tigers Head Coach Penny Hardaway. “I mean… it wasn't anything that had to do with Tulane. It was all about rewarding Jeremiah for what he's done here for four years."
The Tigers, now 16-11, 8-6 in the AAC, next hit the road for a game at Wichita State Saturday 7 p.m.