Antonio Barton appears ready to contribute for Memphis following some preseason friction with coach Josh Pastner.
After helping his team pull away in its season opener, Barton will try to provide another solid performance for the 17th-ranked Tigers in Saturday night's game against visiting Samford, which will serve as a tune-up for a trip to the Bahamas.
Barton didn't get the season off to the best start with a sideline disagreement with Pastner during an exhibition game Nov. 7. A starter for 19 of his team's 34 contests last season, the junior guard was left out of the starting lineup for Monday's season opener against North Florida.
Barton might have gotten back in Pastner's good graces after scoring 10 of his 11 points during a 19-0 run that helped erase an early deficit for the Tigers. Tarik Black had a team-best 18 points and Joe Jackson added 14 points, six rebounds and six assists.
"I'm just trying to play toward the system and fit back in," said Barton, who averaged 6.6 ...