Williams leads Memphis against SMU after 26-point showing


SMU Mustangs (7-13, 2-5 AAC) at Memphis Tigers (15-5, 5-2 AAC)

Memphis, Tennessee; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Memphis hosts the SMU Mustangs after DeAndre Williams scored 26 points in Memphis' 75-68 win over the Cincinnati Bearcats.

The Tigers are 9-0 on their home court. Memphis is 13-5 against opponents with a winning record.

The Mustangs are 2-5 against AAC opponents. SMU ranks ninth in the AAC giving up 72.6 points while holding opponents to 43.1% shooting.

The matchup Thursday is the first meeting this season between the two teams in conference play.

TOP PERFORMERS: Kendric Davis is shooting 30.1% from beyond the arc with 1.6 made 3-pointers per game for the Tigers, while averaging 21.2 points, 5.8 assists and 2.1 steals. Williams is shooting 53.5% and averaging 16.9 points over the last 10 games for Memphis.

Zach Nutall averages 2.0 made 3-pointers per game for the Mustangs, scoring 13.9 points while shooting 32.2% from beyond the arc. Zhruic Phelps is shooting 38.8% and averaging 15.3 points over the past 10 games for SMU.

LAST 10 GAMES: Tigers: 7-3, averaging 83.3 points, 30.7 rebounds, 15.9 assists, 9.5 steals and 5.6 blocks per game while shooting 48.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 78.4 points per game.

Mustangs: 4-6, averaging 70.5 points, 29.5 rebounds, 14.3 assists, 7.4 steals and 3.3 blocks per game while shooting 44.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 75.0 points.


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.