The Memphis Tigers defeated the SMU Mustangs 99-84 in a game that was dominated by Memphis.
The win moved Memphis to 16-5 on the season and extended their home win streak to 16. Which is tied for the second-longest streak in the nation with Kent State.
Outside of the difference in talent and record, this game had two major storylines as fans entered the FedExForum.
Kendric Davis finally had the chance to play his former team and Penny Hardaway had a chance to capture his 100th career coaching win.
Both played out as Davis shined against his former team and Coach Hardaway captured the milestone win with ease.
Coach Hardaway spoke to the press after the game, with a special “100” cap, stating, “This is my 100th win... on record.” Hardaway referring to the one win he gained while coaching James Wiseman that was rescinded by the NCAA.
Kendric Davis started the game off hot as he was responsible for all 20 of Memphis’ points in the first seven minutes of play.
Davis went into the half with 16 points on 50 percent shooting, nine assists, and five rebounds. He would finish the game with 25 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds, nearly eclipsing a triple-double.
Fans could see that Davis was on the road to prove something as he was quoted speaking on facing his former team.
“I haven’t talked to none of ‘em yet, just because, you know, I’m about business. Ain’t no friends right now. But that’s like family over there. I brought Zach there. I took Zhuric under my wing last year. It’s gonna be fun but, right now, I’m focused on how we can get the win,” stated Davis.
More Tigers contributed to the win as four Tigers were in double figures. Keonte Kennedy tallied 16 points, Deandre Williams had 13, and Chandler Lawson and Jayden Hardaway each put up 12 points off the bench.
The Tigers controlled the game from start to finish as they held a lead of as much as 21 points in the second half. It was a great atmosphere in the FedExForum as players who usually do not get much playing time had more than usual.
The Tigers will look to continue their hot streak as they go on the road to face a struggling Tulsa team. Tulsa happens to be the former team of current Memphis assistant coach Frank Haith.
The game will take place on Sunday at 4 p.m. CT on ESPN2.