Memphis vs. UCF Postgame

I’m going to start doing a Tigers postgame blurb on this blog just kind of summing up my thoughts on the game the night before. So, here are my thoughts from last night’s game:

All you have to do is watch Tarik Black, honestly, and you know exactly what Pastner means. Black is a massive talent who gets better seemingly every trip down the court.

But Wednesday’s game was a different sort of challenge. Central Florida starts a center — Tom Herzog — who is a legitimate 7-feet tall.

“You don’t see too many 7-footers in high school,” said Black. “It’s always a learning process.”

You could almost see Black, puzzling out which of his moves might work against the big guy. Black later said that’s exactly what was happening.

“I got to try it out for the first time and say, ‘Aw, OK, I got it now.'”

Sure enough, Black wound up with nine points and a career high five blocks. He’s a quick learner, as most of the freshmen seem to be.

  • Drew Barham is developing into this year’s “glue guy.” Barham isn’t the most athletic or skilled guy–and he hasn’t even been shooting well lately–but, he flat out plays his heart out every play. Last night, Barham scored only five points, but he pulled down seven rebounds and seemingly came up with every loose ball when needed.
  • Chris Crawford is this team’s best lockdown defender. After losing Antonio Anderson from last season–the ultimate lockdown defender–Crawford has emerged as the go to guy on defense. Crawford was assigned to Jamarr Sanders against UAB and then to Marcus Jordan last night. The results:
  • Marcus Jordan’s statline:
    31 minutes; 3-11 FG% (0-3 3FG%); 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 steal, 4 turnovers – 13 total points.
  • Jamarr Sanders’ statline:
    43 minutes; 5-17 FG% (0-10 3FG%); 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 5 turnovers – 15 total points.

Those are just some of my observations. The Tigers are improving every game–mentally and physically. I’m excited to see how things go the rest of the season.

Memphis’ next game is Saturday vs. Marshall. Here are the postgame interviews from last night’s game:


About pmccllln

21 years young. Senior PR student at the University of Memphis. Student intern for Memphis Athletic Media Relations. Follow me @p_mcclellan.

Posted on January 27, 2011, in Josh Pastner, Memphis Tigers, NCAA Basketball and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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