Tigers head to Music City to reconnect with Vanderbilt
MEMPHIS, TN – Memphis Tiger Basketball’s scheduled 102nd season begins Monday at 7 p.m. when the Tigers invade Music City to fight Vanderbilt at Memorial Gymnasium.
Memphis is coming off a 2022 NCAA Tournament appearance and a 22-11 campaign, and Penny Hardawayit is The team will have a new look this season despite returning two starters and seven winners. The Tigers have brought a wealth of experience with eight new players this offseason, six of whom were Division I transfers.
The newcomer’s gem is Kendric Davis of SMU, which most national experts considered the best transfer of the portal. Davis is a two-time American Athletic Conference first-team selection and the reigning AAC Player of the Year after averaging 19.4 points (1st AAC), 4.4 assists (3rd AAC), 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.
Davis earned a number of preseason accolades, including being named to the NABC Player of the Year and Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year watch lists. He was also named a Preseason All-American by a host of publications, including Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, CBS Sports and Stadium, while Dick Vitale named him to his All-Rolls Royce team.
The Tigers were chosen to finish second in the 2022-23 American Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll, just behind Houston, a participant in the 2022 Elite Eight, to whom the Tiger fell in the championship game of the AAC.
Memphis and Vanderbilt haven’t met on the court since March 23, 2005, when the two teams met in the third round of the National Invitational Tournament in Bluff City. The Tigers picked up an 81-68 victory behind by Rodney Carney night at 26 points and Darius Washington 23 points and 7 assists. The Commodores’ last win in the series came on November 21, 1997 in Nashville by a score of 86-77.
Monday’s lid lifter is the first true road game to open a season for Memphis since the 1992-93 campaign when the Tigers lost an 81-76 decision to Arkansas in Fayetteville on Dec. 2, 1992.
The Tigers will stay on the road next week with a trip to the Show-Me State on Nov. 15 to take on St. Louis at 8 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. They will then return to Memphis for the home opener at FedExForum on Nov. 20 against VCU.
Season tickets for all 15 home games are available at with a mobile pass allowing fans to experience a different location for each game starting at $99.
Memphis Tigers (0-0) vs. Vanderbilt Commodores (0-0)
Monday, November 7, 2022 | 7 p.m. CT
Memorial Gymnasium (14,316); Nashville, Tennessee.
Television: SECN+ (Andrew Allegretta, pxp; Drew Maddux, analysis)
Radio: 98.9 THE MEMPHIS ROAR (Dave Woloshin, pxp; Matt Dillon, analysis)
Live statistics: HERE
- 28.1: Memphis’ return scoring percentage from a season ago, including just one of its top seven scorers, as well as 38.5% of its rebounds.
- 15.1: Percentage of Memphis’ returning three-point production in 2022-23, just 31 of the Tigers’ 205 last season.
- seven: The number of transfer additions to the roster this season, six of which were imported from Division I programs. The Tigers have lost nine players in total from the 2021-22 roster.
- 878: The combined number of Division I games this roster has among 13 players. Nine of them have played more than 50 games in their careers, with three of them having at least 110 games under their belt.
- 3: Programs across the country have won at least 18 games in each of the past 22 seasons from 2000-01 (MemphisKansas, Gonzaga).
THE LAST TIME
- The Tigers fell to No. 1 Gonzaga 82-78 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Portland, Oregon on March 19, 2022.
- It was the program’s first trip to the big dance since 2014 and on the 27e appearance all the time. The Tigers are 35-27 in those appearances.
- DeAndre Williams led the Tigers with 14 points against the Zags to go along with seven rebounds.
- Tyler Harris added 13 points after going 6 of 6 from the free throw line.
- Lester Quinone finished with 10 points, five rebounds and three under in 28 minutes.
- Jalen Duren found himself at fault, totaling just seven points and seven boards in 19 minutes.
NOTING THE COMMODORES
- Vanderbilt returns three starters in Jordan Wright, Quentin Millora-Brown, and Myles Stute.
- The Commodores also welcome back two other players who started at least 10 games a season ago in Tyrin Lawrence and Liam Robin.
- Wright, the 2021-22 SEC Researcher-Athlete of the Year, led the team with 6.4 rebounds (11e SEC) and finished second on the team with 12.3 points per game.
- Stute is back for his junior season after leading the SEC in 3-point shooting (43.2%).
- Twice selected to the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award preseason watch list (2021, 2022), Robbins returns for his senior season after suffering an injury last year.
- Vandy returns 61.1 percent of his scoring and 68.0 percent of his rebound from a team that finished 19-17 last season, earning a trip to the NIT quarterfinals.
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