No. 9 Memphis puts streak on line vs UNO
New Orleans (4-7) vs. No. 9 Memphis (10-1)
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee; Saturday, 1:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 9 Memphis looks for its ninth straight victory of the season as it goes up against New Orleans. New Orleans fell 87-79 at Sam Houston State in its last outing. Memphis has moved up to No. 9 in the latest AP rankings following a win over Jackson State last week.
SQUAD LEADERS: Precious Achiuwa is putting up 13.9 points and 9.8 rebounds to lead the way for the Tigers. D.J. Jeffries is also a big contributor, putting up 12 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. The Privateers are led by Bryson Robinson, who is averaging 16.1 points.BRILLIANT BRYSON: Robinson has connected on 35.2 percent of the 88 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 18 of 38 over his last five games. He’s also converted 100 percent of his foul shots this season.
WINLESS WHEN: New Orleans is 0-6 when scoring fewer than 71 points and 4-1 when scoring at least 71.
THREAT BEHIND THE ARC: New Orleans’s Ahren Freeman has attempted one 3-pointers and has connected on 100 percent of them.
GETTING DEFENSIVE: The stout Memphis defense has held opposing offenses to a field goal percentage of 34.8 percent, the second-lowest mark in Division I. New Orleans has allowed opponents to shoot 46.4 percent through 11 games (ranking the Privateers 314th).