Memphis Tigers vs. Oakland (FEF, 7 pm)



• Anyone looking for Raider jerseys in the Oakland cheering section tonight would be astray. Oakland University is located in Rochester, Michigan. (Probably won't see any Lion jerseys either.)

• The Tigers and Golden Grizzlies — members of the Summit League — have only played once before. The U of M beat Oakland on December 29, 2003, in The Pyramid.


• Oakland will start three players averaging at least 12 points per game: guard Johnathan Jones, guard Derick Nelson, and forward Keith Benson. Benson leads the team with 18.2 points per game and 10.8 rebounds.

• Oakland coach Greg Kampe has been in charge of the program for 25 years. His career record: 422-317.

• This from Tiger coach Josh Pastner after his team beat Central Arkansas last Tuesday: "I don't want the guys to think we can show up against Oakland and play like we played today. [Oakland's] best offense is their offensive rebounding, their inside presence. Allowing 55 percent shooting [in a half] and 14 turnovers, that'll bite you in the rear."

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