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Tigers Struggle at Home in Loss Versus Tulane

The Tigers are now in the NCAA Tournament Bubble with the loss.

The Memphis Tigers lost to the Tulane Green Wave 90-89 in overtime, snapping the Tigers' five-game winning streak and 16-game home winning streak. 

The loss also gives Tulane the season sweep over the Tigers, which puts their tournament hopes in a difficult position. 

The Tigers fell to 17-6 on the season and suffered their fourth conference loss of the season. 

The Tigers had four players score in double figures. Kendric Davis led the team with 26 points and 7 assists. Deandre Williams recorded a double-double of 19 points and 17 rebounds. Keonte Kennedy had 16, and Jayden Hardaway contributed 11. 

The game was close the whole way due to countless turnovers as the Tigers set a season-high for turnovers with 22. 

Missed free throws, which have been a problem all season, really extended the game for Memphis as they had many chances to put the game away. 

Memphis shot 16-26 from the free-throw line. 

Despite that, Memphis had a chance in overtime to win the game, but Davis missed a three-pointer that gave Tulane the win.  

"We didn't put em away when we were supposed to. I had too many turnovers. I don't know what I was thinking, but I gotta be way better than that." Memphis Guard Kendric Davis said. 

It is hard to disagree with him. Memphis led the game 31 minutes of the 45 played and left FedExForum with an L. 

A loss that snapped Memphis’ home win streak at 16 games. 

“I drew it up to go to the basketball…I’ll live with that. KD has earned the right to take that shot,” said Coach Hardaway. 

Tulane proved that they are a good team in the AAC as they shot 52% from the field, the first time a team has shot over 50% on Memphis this season. 

Tulane was led by Jalen Cook, who scored 25 points before fouling out in overtime. Kevin Cross helped him out with 22 points. 

Although this was a tough loss for Memphis, they know that they cannot hang their hat on one tough loss. 

“Adversity can’t make us start questioning things or stop doing what we’ve been doing,” said Penny Hardaway. 

The Tigers have done a great job bouncing back from losses, so fans can only hope the Tigers execute a late run similar to last season. 

The Tigers get their chance to rebound on Wednesday on the road against South Florida at 6 p.m. on ESPN+. 

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