Memphis vs. UAB Preview
Television: CBS College Sports (CBS C)/Comcast digital channel 222 (Roger Twibell, play-by-play; Pete Gillen, color analyst)
Radio: WREC 600 AM (Dave Woloshin, play-by-play; Matt Dillon, color analyst; Forrest Goodman, studio host)
Since the shuffling of Conference USA seven years ago, Memphis vs. UAB has become quite the rivalry. The series has a history of incredibly close games, and the match-up earlier this season in Birmingham was no different.
Memphis survived in OT in Bartow Arena, 76-73, despite missing its last four attempts from the free throw line. The Blazers will be without their leading scorer from that game, however, as Cameron Moore broke his leg in practice and won’t be available Wednesday night. Moore torched the Tigers for 24 points and 11 rebounds the first go around, but only one other Blazer scored in double figures.
Memphis defeated Southern Miss 67-61 at FedExForum Saturday in big C-USA contest that moved the Tigers up to third in C-USA. The game Wednesday carries more weight now that Memphis could move into first place in the league standings with a win over UAB coupled with a loss by UTEP.
The Miners (19-5, 7-2) face Southern Miss in Hattiesburg Wednesday. That’s a pretty drastic change in outlook for the Tigers, who just a week ago sat at 5-3 in C-USA after back-to-back losses to Marshall and Tulsa. As the Commercial Appeal’s Jason Smith writes, the Tigers aren’t satisfied and want to continue winning.
- After dropping its first game in February 68-65 to Tulsa on Feb. 2, the Tigers have responded with three-straight, single-digit victories. (Gonzaga 62-58 Feb. 5, UCF 63-62 Feb. 9 and Southern Miss 67-61 Feb. 12)
- UAB is also on a three-game winning streak with victories over Tulane, Marshall, and Rice. The Blazers are 7-2 in their last nine games with only losses to Memphis and Southern Miss.
- UAB is 18-6 (8-3 C-USA) with two seniors, Jamarr Sanders and Aaron Johnson leading the way. Sanders is fourth in C-USA at 18.6 ppg, and Johnson averages 11.3 ppg. Forward Ovie Soko, who averages 5.9 rpg, will have to step up in the absence of Cameron Moore.
- With a victory, Memphis would post its 11th-straight 20 win season, the longest streak in program history.
Here are the last five minutes and overtime of the game on Jan. 22:
Fans can only hope this game will prove as exciting as ones in the past. Here’s some highlights from the 2008 matchup:
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