Twenty-five years and 13 days ago, Virginia Tech upset Memphis hours after they were anointed #1 in the NCAA; the Tigers avoided the same fate in their first game as college basketball's top team since then, beating Tulsa 56-41. Memphis had won its previous six games by at least 20 points.
This game was a little closer—at least until late in the game, when Memphis went on a 9-0 run to take a 16-point lead with four minutes left. Chris Douglas-Roberts, Derrick Rose, and seldom-used reserve Shawn Taggart combined for all but three of Memphis's points. The Tigers are now 18-0.