Six different players had led Memphis in scoring this season, including all six of those players sharing the scoring honors in the past seven games through Jan. 8. The balance is remarkable, and there isn't any good way to know who to key on because every Tigers player is athletic and offensively skilled. The key here is team defense, not shutting down any one player.
Junior G/F Justin Haynes, who had been averaging 26.8 minutes per game in non-conference games, started in a Jan. 8 game against Tulane and played all 40 minutes, scoring a team-high 21 points and dishing out five assists with no turnovers. That followed a two-point, one-assist game three days earlier vs. Ole Miss. Coach Matt Doherty, desperate to find a consistent third scorer, may start giving Haynes more minutes to see if he's the answer there, but Hayes' inconsistency has been troubling.
--Senior PF Papa Dia had 20 points and 10 rebounds in a Jan. 8 loss to Tulane, his fifth double-double of the season and 18th of his college career. Through that game, Dia was averaging 17.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
--Senior G Mike Walker was 1-for-2 from the 3-point arc in a Jan. 8 loss to Tulane and 1-for-4 in a Jan. 5 loss to Ole Miss. The two 3-pointers gave Walker 105 made treys in his SMU career, putting him at 11th on the program's all-time list. He needed two more 3-pointers made to tie Damon Hancock for No. 10.