Posted December 27, 2013 on AP on Fox
After bouncing back from a tough loss, coach Josh Pastner would like Memphis to find its outside touch before its inaugural run through the American Athletic Conference. The 17th-ranked Tigers seek their 18th straight home win Saturday when they face Jackson State in their final tune-up before the start of league play. Memphis (8-2) allowed No. 13 Florida to shoot 51.9 percent in a 77-75 loss at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 17, but the Tigers got their defense back on track against Southeast Missouri State last Saturday. They held the Redhawks to 45.0 percent shooting and 20 points below their season scoring average in a 77-65 home win. The Tigers' tenacious full-court press forced 19 turnovers which led to 24 points. "I'm glad that we put it in," Pastner said. "There's going to be different times that we need it. Sometimes we don't need it. The press helped us win the game." Pastner's squad ranks in the top 10 nationally with a plus-5.5...
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