ESPN’s college game day came to the FedExForum last week for the Memphis Gonzaga matchup. The atmosphere was great and the Tiger’s were able to mount a comeback in order to seal a much needed top 25 win after suffering a road loss to SMU in Dallas the prior Saturday. The other story line was the emergence of Nick King in the rotation out of necessity due to foul trouble by the Tigers. King sparked enough energy into the Tiger’s lineup to turn the momentum and was a major the reason the Tiger’s were able make the comeback and get the W.
Memphis got a little bit of help from everybody in the victory. The 6-foot-1 Jackson sparked some life into his teammates with a timely swat of 7-1 Przemek Karnowski midway through the second half. Michael Dixon Jr. came off the bench to score all 11 points in the second half, including the go-ahead layup at 1:12. In all, the Tigers managed to escape with a strong victory despite shooting 35 percent from the field.
The win over Gonzaga obviously had no bearing on Memphis’ spot in the AAC, but there’s never anything wrong with a résumé-building win. That holds especially true when your program rallies from a double-digit deficit to claim that win. This is the type of game that the selection committee will look favorably upon come March.