NOTES: Tigers try to bounce back against Nebraska

ORLANDO, Florida- After a heartbreaking loss to Seton Hall at the Thanksgiving night buzzer, the Memphis Tigers will attempt to bounce back against Nebraska Friday afternoon at the ESPN Events Invitational.

The tipoff between the Huskers and Tigers is scheduled for 4:30 PM CT and the game will be broadcast on ESPNews.


  • Friday’s matchup is just the second meeting between the schools in the program’s history. The Tigers won a game 86-79 on December 22, 1954.
  • Penny Hardaway and the Nebraska head coach Fred Hoiberg are two of 23 former NBA players to be sidelined for a Division I program this season.
  • Kendrick Davis led Memphis against the Pirates with a game-high 22 points and six assists, while also adding seven rebounds in 36 minutes. He was 7-14 from the floor and 7-8 from the free throw line.
  • Malcolm Danridge tied his career high with 14 points. He also set a career high at the free throw line with an 8-10 performance.
  • Chandler Lawson nearly had a double-double himself with eight points and eight rebounds in his second straight start for the Tigers.
  • Alex Lomax is now just four steals away from cracking the top-10 on Memphis’ career steals chart. He has 168 after two swipes against Seton Hall.
  • Memphis trailed only once in the second half to SHU’s game-winner and held a four-point lead with just over a minute left.
  • Despite facing the nation’s fourth-strongest defensive team at Seton Hall, the Tigers shot 45.1 percent from the floor (23–51) for their second-highest mark of the young season.
  • Memphis struggled with ball security, coughing up the rock 17 times while recording just 10 team assists.
  • The Tigers won the rebounding battle for the fourth time in four games, going 35 to the Pirates’ 32.
  • The difference in the game was Seton Hall’s ability to convert second chance points and beat the Tigers 16-7.
  • Nebraska (3-2) fell 69-56 to Oklahoma on Thursday, despite 16 points off a transfer from Alabama Juwan Gary.
  • Gary has led the Huskers in the past three games with averages of 13.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
  • The Huskers won the battle on the boards 35-23, but the Sooners shot 51 percent from the floor and overcame that deficit with a 9-for-20 performance from three-point range.
  • Friday there will be some familiar bands on the floor as Memphis’ Kendrick Davis and Jahmar Young Jr., and that of Nebraska Emanuel Bandoumel were all teammates at SMU for the past three seasons before all were transferred in the off-season.

Memphis will play Florida State or Stanford on Sunday and the start time will be determined by Friday’s games. If the Tigers win, they play at 10 AM CT, while a loss forces Memphis to play at 6:30 PM CT.

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