NCAA BK

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 - 9:00 PM ET
Game Preview
 

Houston-Memphis Preview

Share This Story

   
 

Paced by some recent strong play from sophomore swingman Adonis Thomas, Memphis is in the midst of the second-longest active winning streak in Division I.

Hoping to remain undefeated in Conference USA, the No. 21 Tigers try for a 17th straight victory while looking to continue their home dominance over Houston on Wednesday night.

Thomas scored a career-high 23 points and equaled a career best with 10 rebounds in a 71-59 win at Marshall on Saturday.

Riding their longest winning streak since a 27-game run in 2008-09, the Tigers (22-3, 11-0) have not lost since an 87-78 home defeat to then-No. 6 Louisville on Dec. 15. They can match Division I's longest current win streak of 17 games held by Akron, which does not play until Friday.

Memphis has been particularly impressive over the past three games, shooting 53.2 percent while winning by an average of 15.6 points. The Tigers forced 20 turnovers Saturday and held the Thundering Herd to 38.2 percent shooting to continue their best league start since going 16-0 in 2009.

"We've got a streak going and we want to keep it alive," Thomas said. "Everybody's excited. We need to keep playing with the same amount of intensity, the same amount of heart and stay out there focused. Everybody's doing a great job and contributing."

Thomas has scored in double figures in a career-high four consecutive games, going 15 of 17 at the free-throw line. His average of 16.3 points in that span is nearly five above his season mark, and he's pulled down at least nine boards in two of those games.

Memphis coach Josh Pastner was pleased with Thomas' performance Saturday, especially on the glass.

"I challenged Adonis and told him that he needed to come up with 10 rebounds (Saturday) and he was a monster in both halves," Pastner said. "He played at an extremely high level and he continues to get better."

Thomas and the Tigers could be in for another big night with Wednesday's visit from Houston (15-9, 4-7), has lost 11 straight at Memphis by an average of 13.4 points.

The Cougars have allowed 84.4 points per game while going 1-4 on the road in conference play. Houston scored five points in the final 8 seconds of regulation Saturday to force overtime at Tulsa, but fell 101-92 in triple-overtime - its second straight road game decided in overtime.

"We have to get better," coach James Dickey said. "I'm so proud of our guys competing. I despise the way the game turned out from our end, but I'm proud of our guys and how they competed. They left it all on the court."

TaShawn Thomas had 31 points with 15 rebounds and Joseph Young scored 25, but the Cougars shot 36.6 percent overall and 7 of 28 from 3-point range.

Among the league leaders in scoring (16.9 ppg), field-goal percentage (53.4) and rebounding (9.9 rpg), Thomas has averaged 25.0 points and 11.3 boards in the last three games. He was held to six points and five rebounds in last season's 89-55 home loss to Memphis in the teams' most recent meeting.

Young (17.3 ppg), who has scored at least 25 in two of three, was held to two points on 1-of-5 shooting in that contest.

Memphis' Chris Crawford scored 19 and Joe Jackson added 16 versus Houston last season. Jackson is averaging a team-high 13.8 points.

Tagged: Memphis, Houston

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



NCAA BK Videos

Georgetown, Syracuse to renew CBK rivalry Posted: Jun 10, 2014
Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson III on the renewal of the rivalry betw...

Cuonzo Martin new head coach at Cal Posted: Apr 16, 2014
Cuonzo Martin is introduced as Cal's new head coach.

UConn tops Notre Dame in women's final Posted: Apr 09, 2014
Hear from Geno Auriemma and his players after their National Championship victor...

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Nike Florida Gators #1 Replica Elite Basketball Jersey - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Florida_Gators/browse/featuredproduct/885881/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_885000/ff_885881_xl.jpg&w=100 74.95 Nike Florida Gators #1 Replica Elite Basketball Jersey - Black
    Nike Georgetown Hoyas #22 Hyper Elite Road Performance Jersey - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Georgetown_Hoyas/browse/featuredproduct/1030243/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1030000/ff_1030243_xl.jpg&w=100 119.95 Nike Georgetown Hoyas #22 Hyper Elite Road Performance Jersey - Navy Blue
    Nike Duke Blue Devils #5 Tourney Takeover Replica T-Shirt - Duke Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Duke_Blue_Devils/browse/featuredproduct/1032710/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1032000/ff_1032710_xl.jpg&w=100 27.95 Nike Duke Blue Devils #5 Tourney Takeover Replica T-Shirt - Duke Blue
    Nike Oregon Ducks X-Ray Ball T-Shirt - Green http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Oregon_Ducks/browse/featuredproduct/1052002/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1052000/ff_1052002_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Oregon Ducks X-Ray Ball T-Shirt - Green
    Nike Ohio State Buckeyes Road Warrior Tri-blend T-Shirt - Scarlet http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Ohio_State_Buckeyes/browse/featuredproduct/1052645/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1052000/ff_1052645_xl.jpg&w=100 29.95 Nike Ohio State Buckeyes Road Warrior Tri-blend T-Shirt - Scarlet
    Indiana Hoosiers 2013 NCAA Men\'s Basketball Road to March Madness T-Shirt - Crimson http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Indiana_Hoosiers/browse/featuredproduct/1124528/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1124000/ff_1124528_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Indiana Hoosiers 2013 NCAA Men\'s Basketball Road to March Madness T-Shirt - Cri..
    adidas Louisville Cardinals 2013 March Madness #10 Premier Swingman Jersey - Red http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Louisville_Cardinals/browse/featuredproduct/1127200/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1127000/ff_1127200_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Louisville Cardinals 2013 March Madness #10 Premier Swingman Jersey - Red
    adidas Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2013 March Madness #45 Premier Swingman Jersey - White http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Notre_Dame_Fighting_Irish/browse/featuredproduct/1127218/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1127000/ff_1127218_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2013 March Madness #45 Premier Swingman Jersey ..
    Nike Gonzaga Bulldogs March Madness Bracketville T-Shirt - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Gonzaga_Bulldogs/browse/featuredproduct/1155821/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1155000/ff_1155821_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Gonzaga Bulldogs March Madness Bracketville T-Shirt - Navy Blue
    Top of the World Miami Hurricanes 2013 NCAA ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament Champions Adjustable Hat – Green http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Miami_Hurricanes/browse/featuredproduct/1177723/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1177000/ff_1177723_xl.jpg&w=100 25.95 Top of the World Miami Hurricanes 2013 NCAA ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament Cham..