Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/15/14
At this point in the season, No. 19 Memphis can't afford to worry about style points. After struggling at times in a pair of early-season wins, the Tigers will likely need to play better if they plan on beating VCU on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in Nassau. Clinging to a three-point lead with 4:21 remaining Saturday, Memphis (2-0) sank eight straight free throws in the final minute to finish up a 65-54 victory over Samford. The Tigers also had some sluggish moments in their season opener Nov. 12, when they fell behind 20-17 early and were outscored 41-34 in the second half of a 81-66 victory over North Florida. "We've got to start off the game better with more intensity and more patience," guard Antonio Barton said. Now comes what appears to be a step up in competition against a VCU team that's knocked off three Top 25 opponents since March 2011. The Memphis-VCU winner will move on to the semifinals Friday against either No. 5 Duke or Minnes...
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