Men's College Basketball
Preview
Arkansas St. at Memphis
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis will play its first home game Wednesday, facing Arkansas State, after the Tigers lost two of their three games in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic in Sioux Falls, S.D., last week.

Penny Hardaway's team (1-2) followed a win over St. Mary's in the season opener with losses to Western Kentucky and VCU.

In the 70-59 defeat to VCU on Friday, Memphis shot only 35.1 percent from the field, 26.1 percent from 3-point range and committed 19 turnovers. This came after the Tigers shot well from beyond the arc against Western Kentucky in a 75-69 loss, making 9 of 20 shots from there. But they shot only 18 of 46 inside the 3-point line.

"We are not there yet, but we're going to get there," Hardaway said.

"We have been working so hard. Everyone is buying in. We have no selfish players on the offensive end, and we should be one of the better defensive teams in the country. We get in this tournament and things go south, but now you have to learn from it."

Hardaway is looking for more consistency out of his potential top scorers -- Landers Nolley and D.J. Jeffries. Against Western Kentucky, Nolley led the team with 25 points, but Jeffries scored only six. In the loss to VCU, Jeffries had a team-high 17 points but Nolley only five.

Boogie Ellis has emerged as the Tigers' leading scorer, averaging 16 points a game.

Arkansas State (0-2) is coming off losses to Marshall and Morehead State. Caleb Fields is averaging 17 points per game for the Red Wolves after his career-high 22 in the 69-61 loss at Morehead State on Sunday.

The Red Wolves finished 16-16 last season. They lost nine of their final 10 games, eight by 10 points or less. They missed about a month of preseason drills because of COVID-19 issues.

"I think our approach this year has been no matter what's been put in front of us, we've just got to deal with it head on," Arkansas State coach Mike Balado said.

"We know there's going to be a lot of adversity this year. Learning, coming in every day and getting 1 percent better, just dealing with any adversity that comes our way. We just want to go out and be the best that we can be."

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Arkansas St. 0-2 L2 0-0 0-2 0-0 0-2 0-0 0-0
Memphis 1-2 L2 0-0 0-0 1-2 1-1 0-1 0-0
Last Meeting
Arkansas St. Memphis
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/1/10 ARST 71 MEM 78 71 34 38.8 78 35 43.1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Arkansas St. D. Bryant 16 29.4 4
Memphis W. Barton 20 43.8 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Arkansas St. M. Adams 10 2 8
Memphis W. Barton 6 1 5
Assists Player  
Arkansas St. R. Allison 3
Memphis J. Jackson 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Arkansas St. C. Fields 34 47.8 11
Memphis B. Ellis 48 50.0 7
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Arkansas St. T. Holland 13 1 12
Memphis D. Jeffries 24 7 17
Assists Player  
Arkansas St. M. Eaton 5
Memphis A. Lomax 10
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Arkansas St. Off vs  red bar Memphis Defense
blue bar 58.5 Points For
red bar 67.0 Points Against
blue bar 39.6 FG%
red bar 40.4 FG%
blue bar 28.5 Reb
red bar 36.7 Reb
red bar Memphis Off vs  blue bar Arkansas St. Defense
red bar 67.0 Points For
blue bar 69.5 Points Against
red bar 40.0 FG%
blue bar 44.3 FG%
red bar 31.3 Reb
blue bar 37.5 Reb