Although Memphis has a game against a highly ranked powerhouse looming, facing a team that received only two votes in the latest AP poll may be just as dangerous.
The 21st-ranked Tigers look to survive their first test of the week Sunday when they host Murray State, which is looking to open 10-0 for the first time in 60 years.
Since losing two of three games at the Maui Invitational, Memphis (5-2) has reeled off three consecutive victories. In Tuesday's 71-54 win at Miami, the Tigers overcame a 1-of-12 performance from 3-point range by finishing with 42 points in the paint.
Sophomore Will Barton had career highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds, and converted three of Memphis' four alley-oop dunks.
"As long as they keep converting them, keep throwing them," coach Josh Pastner said.
Barton is one of the most explosive players in the country, averaging team highs of 19.4 points and 8.0 boards, and is part of a three-guard lineup with Joe Jackson and Chris Crawford. Jackson is second ...