MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - That collective sigh of relief you hear coming from Memphis Tigers basketball fans is for the news U of M leading scorer Landers Nolley is good to go for Saturday’s game against Auburn for the Holiday Hoopsgiving Classic in Atlanta.
Tigers head coach Penny Hardaway cleared up Nolley’s status on Thursday after the hard fall he took on this play Tuesday night in Memphis win against Mississippi Valley State at FedExForum. The hard foul left the starting shooting guard on the floor writhing in pain for about a minute, bring Hardaway off the bench to check on him.
Nolley, a Virginia Tech Transfer, is averaging 15 points a game and is Memphis’ best three-point shooter at 41%. He’s coming off a week scoring 23 points in back to back games against Arkansas State and UCA, earning a spot on the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll.
Nolley has yet to return to practice, but Hardaway seems confident his best shooter will be ready. “He did not practice today, A little soreness,” said Hardaway, “But that’s a great sign after how he fell on his wrist. When I watched the replay, he slammed his hand pretty hard on the ground. Then, he hit his back as well and his head. But he actually looks pretty good, moving around pretty good and he looks like he’ll be ready for Saturday’s game.”
Hardaway also said Sophomore Guard Damion Baugh will be ready to go against Auburn. Baugh missed the MVSU game with a sore back. He returned to practice on Thursday. Tigers and Auburn tip-off at 4:00 pm on Saturday at Atlanta.