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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — All the weather of an encouraging season opener have been in place for the Memphis males’s basketball staff.

An injury-riddled opponent with a high recruit suspended? Check. Early foul hbadle to their finest remaining starters? Check. A walk-on enjoying earlier than the sport was eight minutes outdated? Check.

But the new-look Tigers could not benefit from a wounded foe on Friday night time, and finally watched No. 25 Alabama draw back for an 82-70 win as a part of the Veterans Clbadic at Navy’s Alumni Hall.

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Memphis Coach Tubby Smith talks about what went fallacious on offense within the Tigers’ season-opening loss to Alabama.
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“We just failed today,” Memphis senior Jeremiah Martin stated.

Alabama broke open a back-and-forth recreation early within the second half, utilizing 4 Three-pointers over lower than three minutes by freshmen John Petty and Herbert Jones to construct a 55-47 benefit. 

The Crimson Tide quickly prolonged their lead into double digits as Memphis went into an prolonged offensive drought. The Tigers had only one discipline aim over greater than six minutes of motion whereas Alabama went on a 19-Four surge that included 10-straight factors.

Four Tigers completed in double figures, led by juniors Kyvon Davenport (15) and Kareem Brewton (13).   

But Memphis shot simply 38.Three p.c from the sector, together with 2-of-17 from Three-point vary. It additionally missed 14 of 36 free throws and had solely seven badists on 23 made discipline targets. In basic, the Tigers struggled to create high quality appears to be like and end over Alabama’s superior size. 

Forward Donta Hall completed with 5 blocks and guard Dazon Ingram had a game-high 20 factors for Alabama. 

“We shared the ball before, but you get on a big stage like this, and this is an important game, so now we know how they reacted in the spotlight,” coach Tubby Smith stated. “So now maybe they’ll understand what we’ve been trying to teach and what we’ve been talking about and the intensity level you have to play with and taking care of the basketball.”

The night couldn’t have begun extra favorably for Memphis and its eight new scholarship gamers. Alabama began the sport with out three of its high 5 returning scorers on account of damage and high recruit Collin Sexton, who was serving a one-game suspension.

Once the ball was tipped, the Crimson Tide then noticed three of its starters faraway from the courtroom with foul hbadle in the course of the opening 10 minutes. Three gamers entered halftime with three fouls, a part of a primary half wherein Alabama was whistled for 20 fouls.

Initially, Memphis grabbed management of momentum due to this flip of occasions. Right as Alabama coach Avery Johnson was pressured to insert walk-on Lawson Schaffer into the sport, the Tigers went to a full-court press and promptly reeled off a 9-Zero run.

But saddled with foul hbadle, the Crimson Tide quickly turned to a zone protection and Memphis fell into an prolonged taking pictures hunch. The Tigers went greater than seven minutes and not using a discipline aim as Alabama regained the lead with a 14-1 surge.

It can be an indication of what was to return when the 2 groups returned to the courtroom.

Guard play

Martin was the highest returning scorer for this staff, however the Tigers’ captain endured a tough outing. He completed with 10 factors, seven rebounds and solely two badists whereas taking pictures Four-of-11 from the sector. The Memphis native additionally added 4 turnovers, though he did appear to emerge from his funk a bit as soon as Alabama was in management late. 

Brewton was the staff’s finest distributor and the lone Memphis participant who appeared able to creating his personal shot a lot of the sport. But he was additionally credited with as many turnovers (4) as badists and had a number of wild photographs that weren’t near getting into.

Too usually, whether or not Alabama performed a zone or man-to-man protection, the Memphis offense operated past the Three-point-line till the shot clock was about to run out. It’s on Martin and Brewton to get the ball transferring. 

“When we penetrated, I didn’t really think we found people like we should after penetrating,” Smith stated. “If you’re going to break down people penetrating, you’ve got to get the ball to the open man and I think that’s something we really struggled with.”

“People were open,” Smith added later, “and we didn’t find them open.”

Shooting woes

Memphis was one of many worst Three-point taking pictures groups within the nation a yr in the past, and the pattern continued with a brand new batch of gamers on Friday. There simply aren’t sufficient credible outdoors shooters at this level, and that confirmed when Alabama went to a zone protection and saved the Tigers out of transition.

Memphis did not hit its first Three-pointer till 10:38 remained within the second half. Smith famous his gamers “had a lot of trouble getting the ball in the basket” and appeared “hesitant” after they did get open appears to be like.

“They kind of affected our shots with the length that they had,” Martin stated. “We didn’t make shots and our confidence was kind of down.”

Double-double Davenport

Davenport once more emerged as a vivid spot for Memphis. He’s now been the Tigers’ main scorer thrice this yr when you embrace their secret scrimmage towards North Carolina and final week’s exhibition recreation with Division-II LeMoyne-Owen. On Friday, he additionally recorded his first double-double by including in 11 rebounds.

Like a lot of the staff, nonetheless, he struggled from the sector and shot 5-of-12 general.

Up subsequent

Memphis faces Arkansas-Little Rock in its house opener at FedExForum on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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Tubby Smith reacts to Tigers’ exhibition recreation win over LeMoyne Owen | Zero:42

Memphis coach Tubby Smith provides his preliminary ideas after the Tigers beat LeMoyne-Owen in an exhibition recreation.
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Tubby Smith previews exhibition recreation vs. LeMoyne-Owen | 1:40

Memphis Coach Tubby Smith on what he is trying to see in his staff’s exhibition recreation vs. LeMoyne-Owen.
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Kyvon Davenport on his expectations for Tigers’ exhibition recreation | 1:21

New Memphis F Kyvon Davenport particulars the Tigers’ progress his pleasure stage heading into an exhibition recreation vs. LeMoyne-Owen.
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Tubby Smith recaps UNC scrimmage: “We have a lot of room to improve.” | Three:15

Memphis Coach Tubby Smith discusses his staff’s scrimmage with UNC, enhancements that have to be made and the current damage suffered by Karim Sameh Azab
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Jeremiah Martin on what Memphis realized from its scrimmage vs. UNC | Zero:41

Memphis PG Jeremiah Martin breaks down how the Tigers are progressing this preseason.
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Tubby Smith on the beginning of preseason and the state of faculty basketball | Three:51

Memphis coach Tubby Smith discusses the beginning of preseason follow and the state of faculty basketball.

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Tubby Smith provides some preliminary impressions about this yr’s Tigers’ basketball staff | 2:32

Memphis Coach Tubby Smith talks about why he is wanting ahead to beginning follow with this yr’s Tigers.
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New Memphis F Mike Parks Jr. describes how he’ll slot in with the Tigers | 1:34

New Memphis ahead Mike Parks Jr. explains his revamped eating regimen and what his function might be with the Tigers this season.
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Get to know new Memphis F Raynere Thornton | 1:08

New Memphis F Raynere Thornton discusses his early days on campus and what he expects this season.
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Memphis F Kyvon Davenport on his finest second as a basketball participant | 1:45

New Memphis ahead Kyvon Davenport talks about his unorthodox path to changing into a university basketball participant.
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Memphis F Jimario Rivers particulars his low season plans | 1:11

Memphis F Jimario Rivers discusses his offseason plans and the way he’ll badist out the Tigers newcomers.
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Memphis PG Jeremiah Martin is embracing his function as a frontrunner with the Tigers after a transfer-filled offseason.
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A fast tour of what a Memphis basketball participant will encounter when he walks into the staff’s new follow facility beginning in October.
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  • Tubby Smith reacts to Tigers' exhibition game win over LeMoyne Owen

    Tubby Smith reacts to Tigers’ exhibition recreation win over LeMoyne Owen

  • Tubby Smith previews exhibition game vs. LeMoyne-Owen

    Tubby Smith previews exhibition recreation vs. LeMoyne-Owen

  • Kyvon Davenport on his expectations for Tigers' exhibition game

    Kyvon Davenport on his expectations for Tigers’ exhibition recreation

  • Tubby Smith recaps UNC scrimmage: "We have a lot of room to improve."

    Tubby Smith recaps UNC scrimmage: “We have a lot of room to improve.”

  • Jeremiah Martin on what Memphis learned from its scrimmage vs. UNC

    Jeremiah Martin on what Memphis realized from its scrimmage vs. UNC

  • Tubby Smith on the start of preseason and the state of college basketball

    Tubby Smith on the beginning of preseason and the state of faculty basketball

  • Tubby Smith offers some initial impressions about this year's Tigers' basketball team

    Tubby Smith provides some preliminary impressions about this yr’s Tigers’ basketball staff

  • New Memphis F Mike Parks Jr. describes how he'll fit in with the Tigers

    New Memphis F Mike Parks Jr. describes how he’ll slot in with the Tigers

  • Get to know new Memphis F Raynere Thornton

    Get to know new Memphis F Raynere Thornton

  • Memphis F Kyvon Davenport on his best moment as a basketball player

    Memphis F Kyvon Davenport on his finest second as a basketball participant

  • Memphis F Jimario Rivers details his off-season plans

    Memphis F Jimario Rivers particulars his low season plans

  • Memphis PG Jeremiah Martin discusses his new leadership role

    Memphis PG Jeremiah Martin discusses his new management function

  • A hard hat tour of the new Memphis basketball practice facility

    A tough hat tour of the brand new Memphis basketball follow facility