Memphis meets Stanford to complete Disney journey

ORLANDO, Fla. – After beating Nebraska 73-61 on Friday night, the Memphis Tigers play Stanford in the first game Sunday morning at 10am CT on ESPNU.

The Tigers (3-2) and Cardinal (3-3) meet for only the second time ever on hardwood in the final of the ESPN Events Invitational. The lonely meeting happened 22 years ago on November 24, 2000 when No. 5 Stanford won an 83-60 decision.

Memphis dealt with the Cornhuskers Wednesday night behind four Tigers, who forced a season-high 20 turnovers and made four double digits.

Kendric Davis, De Andre Williams, Alex Lomax and Keonte Kennedy combines for 60 points, 17 rebounds, 11 assists and 11 steals while going 6-of-12 from three-point range. Davis produced his third straight 20-point appearance, only the fourth in his career, while Lomax and Kennedy each had season bests.

Lomax climbed the program’s top-10 steals chart with four steals against the Huskers, earning him a career 175 and the tie Cedric Henderson (’93-97) for 10th-almost always.

After Sunday’s game, the Tigers return home for three straight games on the FedExForum. They will greet North Alabama on Wednesday at 7 p.m. before welcoming Ole Miss on December 3 (6:30 p.m.) and Little Rock on December 6 (7 p.m.).

GAME DETAILS

Memphis Tigers (3-2) vs. Stanford (3-3)
Invitation to ESPN events
Sunday, November 27th, 2022 | 10 a.m. CT
State Farm Field House (5,000); Kissimmee, Fla.
TV: ESPNU (Mark Neely, pxp, Chris Spatola, color)
Radio: 98.9 THE ROAR OF MEMPHIS (Jeff Brightwell, pxp; Trey Draper, analysis)


BY NUMBERS

  • 20: Memphis’ national rank in Adjusted Defense Efficiency (90.8 points per 100 possessions allowed against the Division I average offense); The Tigers are one of only four teams not to emerge from a power conference in the top 24.
  • 23.0: Points per game averaged by Memphis senior guard Kendric Davis in his last three games. He also averages 6.7 assists per game during the stretch.
  • 5-3: Memphis’ all-time record at the ESPN Events Invitational, most recently as head coach in 2018 Penny Hardaway‘s first season at the top.
  • 58.3: Points per game allowed by opponents in the team’s three wins. With their two losses, that number jumps to 80.0 points per game. Memphis also shoots 47.3 percent from the floor in wins and 42.1 percent in losses.
  • 4: KenPom top 56 games in the next six for Memphis – Alabama (12), Auburn (16), Ole Miss (51) and Texas A&M (58).

CARDINAL’S NOTE

  • Stanford go 3-3 in the year after splitting two games in Orlando. They lost to Ole Miss 72-68 on Thanksgiving before beating Florida State 70-60 on Friday.
  • Four players are in double digits on average, led by Michael Jones’ 12.0 ppg
  • Spencer Jones (10.8ppg), Harrison Ingram (10.5 ppg) and Brandon Engel (10.0 ppg) are just behind.
  • Last season, Ingram was Stanford’s first Pac-12 Freshman of the Year since 2000.
  • Stanford is shooting 44.6 percent from the field this season but has struggled from long range, putting down just 37 of 133 (27.8%) attempts.
  • They average 69.7 points per game and allow 64.5.
  • The Cardinal finished fifth in the Pac-12’s preseason poll, behind UCLA, Arizona, Oregon and USC.
  • They’re bringing back eight of their top nine rotation players from last season, while also bringing in the program’s first transfer in 12 years and the first graduate transfer in program history Michael Jones (Davidson).
  • head coach Jerod Hase is 101-93 in his seventh season at the helm of the Cardinal program.

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