Three keys: Memphis-UAB

The University of Memphis battles against the UAB Blazers tonight at 8 p.m. in Birmingham, Ala. TigerAuthority.com gives you three keys to the game for the Tigers at Bartow Arena.

The Blazers, who haven't beaten Memphis since Mike Davis took over in 2006, will be looking to upend the Tigers on an emotional weekend. Gene Bartow, who coached both Memphis and UAB, passed away at the age of 83 on Tuesday.

Bartow will be honored throughout Saturday's game.

Contain Cameron Moore. Moore, the preseason pick for Conference USA player of the year, nearly led his Blazers to an overtime win last year at Bartow. The 6-foot-10 skilled forward had 24 and 11 rebounds in a 76-73 loss, and he'll almost certainly be ready to take advantage of a Memphis frontline that, while markedly improved from earlier this season, has struggled defending capable big men. Moore is averaging a double-double at 14.6 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.

Maintain defensive urgency throughout the game. UAB averages an astronomical 17 turnovers per game, and the Tigers have shown many times this season that they can force and capitalize on opponents' miscues. If UAB turns it over anywhere near that number, the Tigers will win handily.

Offensive rebounding. The Tigers finally held an opponent in check on the boards in Wednesday's 69-51 win against Tennessee. If Memphis can keep the Blazers off the offensive glass, it should be an easy C-USA opener win. But if Moore and the UAB front-court can impose their will, it could be a long night at Bartow Arena.


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