Alabama vs Memphis Preview
The Alabama Crimson Tide returns home to Coleman Coliseum to take on the Memphis Tigers in a battle between two NCAA Tournament hopefuls Tuesday night.
Alabama is coming off its best win of the season on Saturday in a game against Houston at the Fertitta Center. The Crimson Tide trailed by as many as 15 in the second half before roaring back to upset the Cougars 71-65.
As for Memphis, the Tigers defeated Auburn handily on Saturday afternoon to give the reigning SEC regular season champions its first loss of the season and put Memphis on the cusp of being ranked for the first time all season.
The Crimson Tide's comeback victory also ended Houston's undefeated season and earned Alabama a top five spot in the AP Poll for the first time since 2020-2021.
Freshman Noah Clowney led the way for the Tide, dropping 16 points to go along with 11 boards, giving him his first double-double of the season.
Alabama turns its attention to a red-hot Memphis team who has won six straight and is 8-2 on the year.
"The whole program talked about it. This is not a team we want to be up and down, up and down. We're up right now and we need to be better on Tuesday night then we were on Saturday. It's been addressed, guys on the team have addressed it," said head coach Nate Oats on Monday.
Memphis is a veteran-led team that starts all seniors from a team that advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament last season under head coach Penny Hardaway.
The Tigers are led by SMU transfer Kendric Davis who leads the team in scoring with 18.4 points per game. Davis also leads the team in assists with 4.9 per game.
Memphis is also looking to remain undefeated against SEC teams this season having beaten Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Auburn earlier in the season.
Alabama and Memphis will square off at 8 p.m. CST on ESPN2.