So just how bad is East Carolina? The word "pathetic" comes to mind. The Pirates actually shot worse than the Tigers from the free throw line (44 percent) and the 3-point line (15 percent).
How much of that was good Tiger defense and how much was Pirate ineptitude? We dunno. But Memphis won. And Tigers leading scorer Chris Douglas-Roberts got a needed night off to let his sprained ankle heal.
On one hand, he's trying to jump on them enough to encourage aggressive, relentless play. At the same time, he doesn't want to affect the confidence of individual players.
The equation seemed to balance on Saturday ...