On the banks of the mighty Mississippi River stands the FedEx Forum where on Saturday a rivalry was renewed. Memphis and Tennessee met on the hardwood for the first time since 2013 and it lived up to all the hype.
The Volunteers got the best of the Tigers in the long run 102-92 after the Volunteers started the game on a hot streak from the opening tip. The Volunteers opened the game with a massive easy lay-up to set the tone for the entire game. Tennessee held the Tigers off after each comeback attempt by Memphis.
After being down 18 at one point the Memphis Tigers showed that 901 Grit and Grind and did not back down from the explosive Volunteers. However, after every punch thrown by the Tigers, the Volunteers seemed to have an answer and the game was really never in doubt at any point in the game.
Admiral Schofield led the Volunteers with a massive game in the win over the Tigers. Schofield led the Volunteers with 29 points, 8-12 from the field, and an impressive 4-8 from behind the arc. Schofield has been one of the big leaders for the Volunteers over the last two years under Head Coach Rick Barnes and will look to continue that streak the rest of this season.
Kyvon Davenport not only led Memphis in total points but was also by far the MVP of the entire game with both teams. Davenport went for 31 points, 12-17 from the field, 4-5 from three-point land, and an impressive 3-5 from the charity line.
The crowd at the FedEx Forum was a force to be reckoned with, the Tiger Nation was out in full force on Saturday with 18,528 in attendance. Tiger fans across the city have a renewed hope in Tiger Basketball again for the first time in well over 10 years, and many fans have said the buzz around the program is something that Tiger fans have never seen in program history.
Despite the loss to Tennessee, the buzz around the city of Memphis is something that not many would understand. The Tigers never quit and neither did their fans, this is a new era of Memphis Basketball and Saturday was just a preview of what is to come in the near future.
Following the win over Memphis, Tennessee will travel back home to face Samford on Wednesday. The Volunteers improved to 8-1 on the season with the win over the Tigers.
Memphis will return home on Wednesday to face Little Rock at the FedEx Forum.