22/21 Memphis (4-2) 91, Austin Peay (0-9) 60
Memphis Head Coach Josh Pastner
Well, I was proud of our guys. I felt that we moved the ball. The shots that we took were in rhythm. They weren’t bad shots. The difference from when we play, say a Michigan team earlier in the year, we got three-point attempts that were forced in that game. It was dribble, dribble, dribble and the shots weren’t on assists or on rhythm. These shots today were in rhythm. If you look at the Belmont game, we shot within rhythm. And we’re a good shooting team when we shoot within rhythm and get to the second or third side and make the extra pass.
To have 23 assists on 32 made field goals is very positive. I felt we did some good things defensively. We really did some good things defensively. We gave up 19 offensive rebounds; that can’t happen. We had 19 turnovers; that can’t happen. We were 12-of-24 from the free throw line; that can’t happen. We have to better in those three areas.
Talk About Austin Peay
Let me tell you, Austin Peay is a good team. I know their record doesn’t show it, but they are a good team. They are picked to win the Ohio Valley Conference. Coach (Dave) Loos is going to get them going. It’s one of those things where the person they lost last year, their starting point guard, is the piece they are really missing. They’re good. I’m just telling you they are good.
We played well tonight in a lot of areas. I was very proud of Will Barton on the glass. I thought Joe Jackson, at the beginning of the game, did a very good job defensively. Joe was very, very good. He still has to go to the defensive glass, but he had four steals. He did some really good things defensively. We had Will Barton on the glass; he was great. I thought Wesley (Witherspoon) was active. Tarik Black came in and played well. I thought he got his confidence going a little bit.
Austin Peay Head Coach Dave Loos
Well, they shot it really well. They just buried us before we really had a chance to really get a grasp. They shot it so well from three early in the game. That was the big difference. At the same time, we couldn’t make any. We got some looks, but we didn’t make any shots. As the half went on, I thought they really turned it up defensively and took us out of what we were doing. It was pretty much over for us at that point.
How do you prepare for a team like Memphis?
Well, our plan was to make them try to beat us over the top and try to keep them out of the lane. They did. They shot it great. You can’t really cover both. They’re athletic enough that they can get in the lane if you don’t pack it in there, and we did. They dished it out, and we couldn’t get out there in time to contest their shots.
Talk about the play of Melvin Baker
I thought (Melvin) Baker was representative, and he played okay and hustled and got us a few points. He, unfortunately, was the only one.