With the shooting of Chris Douglas-Roberts and the inside presence of Joey Dorsey and Robert Dozier, the Tigers made it 23 straight wins Friday by beating North Texas 73-58 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Douglas-Roberts had 16 points, Dozier had 11 and seven rebounds, and Dorsey had nine points and 15 rebounds. Andre Allen added 14 points as Memphis overcame a slow start to grab control late in the first half and hardly let up against its Sun Belt foe.
The Tigers (31-3) are a different club from last year's squad that made the regional finals, but they expect to get at least that far. After all, they haven't lost since Dec. 20 and are seeded second in the South Regional.
The knock is that North Texas (23-11) is the caliber of team Memphis usually beats. The Tigers beat only three teams that made the NCAAs, none seeded higher than eighth. North Texas was 15th.
Box score, stats, recap
Box score, stats, recap.