The Memphis Tigers basketball team prepared on Friday to board the bus to Ruston, La. to take on the Baylor Bears in a closed scrimmage. As what has been asked before, what will the Tigers big men do in the scrimmage? The Tigers are expected to perform well at the guard position with their four senior guards, but the inside presence is their key to success.
Austin Nichols, Dominic Woodson, David Pellom and Shaq Goodwin have to perform well. They will go up against heavy competition in Isaiah Austin (7-1) and Cory Jefferson (6-9). Baylor is no joke as they are one of the teams to watch out for in the Big 12.
Dick Vitale ranked Baylor’s frontcourt as the third best in the country. Baylor is also picked to finish third in their conference behind Kansas and Oklahoma State. Last season, the Bears didn’t make the NCAA tournament but they won the NIT championship when they defeated Iowa to finish 23-14 of the season.
They are also returning three of their top four scorers in Jefferson (13.3 ppg), Austin (13 ppg) and senior guard Brady Heslip (9.4 ppg). This team is dangerous all around as Jefferson and Austin are preseason All-Big 12 selections. This frontcourt will definitely challenge the Tigers who are loaded with talent from head to toe.
Josh Pastner seems ready for the challenge.
“Saturday is going to be good for us because we’re playing somebody other than ourselves,” said Pastner. “We’ve been going at each other since the summer — since the summer. Our guys have been good. They’ve had good energy. I’m thankful that we’ve got older guys and, knock on wood, we’ve been healthy. After we get through with our private secret scrimmage, we’ll be able to evaluate and what we need to improve on.
“Then after you get past Christian Brothers and into that following next week, you’re pretty much in game mode. So you’ve really got next week to clean up anything up and a couple days after Christian Brothers, and then you’re rolling.”
The Tigers arguably has the best backcourt in the nation with their senior guards leading the way. Joe Jackson, Geron Johnson, Michael Dixon and Chris Crawford are going to do their part, but everyone else have to chip to get the win.
When more news break about the scrimmage, I will provide more details about the Tigers.
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.