Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - The 24th-ranked Memphis Tigers had a four-
game win streak snapped in their last outing, and will try to get back in the
win column as they host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in American Athletic
Conference action at the FedExForum.
The Scarlet Knights were roughing through a four-game losing streak before
they ended it Saturday with a 93-70 blowout win against Houston. Rutgers is
trying to climb out of a conference hole that has them six and a half games
back of Cincinnati - the AAC leader.
Memphis hasn't lost back-to-back games all season long, and will try to keep
that streak intact as they host the Scarlet Knights. The Tigers dropped an
87-72 decision to SMU Saturday, which set them back to 6-3 in the conference
standings - three and a half games behind Cincinnati.
This will be the first time ever Memphis and Rutgers will take the court
together as members of the new AAC. The two teams will meet for a second time
during the regular season when the Tigers travel to New Jersey.
On Saturday, it was all Rutgers, as the Scarlet Knights dominated the Houston
Cougars. Rutgers took a commanding 46-31 lead into the half and never looked
back, continuing to pile on a lead in the second half. J.J. Moore scored 27
points to pace Rutgers in the game, which was followed closely by Myles Mack's
25 points. Kadeem Jack added 16 points, and Jerome Seagears chipped in 11
points in the lopsided victory.
Mack and Jack is a dynamic scoring duo for the Scarlet Knights this season.
Mack tops the squad with a 16.1 ppg average and a team-best 91 assists on the
year, while Jack checks in at 13.7 ppg and a team-best 7 rpg clip. Jack also
leads the squad with 30 blocked shots. Moore is the third double-digit scorer
for Rutgers, averaging 12.2 ppg for a team scoring 75 ppg.
Memphis and SMU went into the locker rooms at the half knotted up, but the
Tigers were the ones that came out flat in the second half and allowed the
Mustangs to cruise to an AAC victory. Memphis fell two spots in the national
rankings, dropping from No. 22 to 24. Joe Jackson led the way for the Tigers
with 22 points in the contest, adding eight rebounds and six assists to his
stat line. Geron Johnson netted 18 points and paced the squad with seven
assists, while Michael Dixon Jr. chipped in 13 points.
Jackson paces the Tigers in scoring this season with 14.6 ppg on 44.4 percent
shooting from the floor. He's followed by Shaq Goodwin, who only scored six
points against SMU, at 12.5 ppg. Jackson leads the team with 91 assists on the
year, and Goodwin tops the roster in rebounding at 6.7 rpg. Dixon rounds out
the double-digit scorers this season with 11.4 ppg.
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