People around the city of Memphis have been talking about how bad the Tigers played in their secret scrimmage against the Baylor Bears. To some of the players, including senior guard Michael Dixon, it was something new for him. In the end, he was glad that it happened.
“It was exciting to play in the scrimmage, but nothing was really exciting about it, per se, because we play all of our games in front of a crowd. A lot of emotion and electricity— I just think that wasn’t really in there. It took a minute for us to get going and then once we kind of got going, the game was over. It was just a different situation,” said Dixon.
Dixon hit the nail on the head when he mentioned that the Tigers got going late. It was a butt whooping that the Tigers needed. They were beaten by 27 points over three 20-minute periods. At the end of the scrimmage, the team wasn’t happy with their performance. The Tigers didn’t seem very confident about the scrimmage nor were they arrogant.
In Josh Pastner’s eyes, it was something the Tigers need to wake up. Dixon felt the same way.
“In a certain sense. I don’t think that we need to be humble. I don’t think that we’re an arrogant team by any means. But as something to make us that more hungry going into such an anticipated season, I think that it was good for us.
“We can take a lot from it. It was out first time playing together as a unit against another team. Nobody is gonna let you come in and walk all over them. I think that’s something the freshmen needed to see first hand. They made some runs on us and beat us to some loose balls, and that’s something we work on every day. So it was a good day for everyone, not just the freshmen.
Baylor is considered to have one of the best frontcourts in the country, but freshman Austin Nichols held his own by scoring 16 points and eight rebounds. Nichols, 6-8, 212-pounds, admitted that it was good to play in the scrimmage and there are some things that the team has to work on.
“Definitely an eye opener,” said Nichols. “It was more of a learning experience, though, especially for me being a freshman and especially playing somebody other than ourselves.
“I think it somewhat was needed because it woke us up a little bit. Personally, I know defense is what I need to work on. I think that’s one of the major things. Overall, defense and executing plays on offense.”
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.
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