The two teams have met twice before this season, with Memorial (18-2) coming away with a 52-34 win on Dec. 14 and following it up with a 73-59 victory two weeks ago.
The biggest challenge for NHS would be guarding Edmond Memorial’s Shaquille Morris, a Wichita State signee who put away the last meeting by scoring 10 straight points, with six of them coming on dunks, to turn a 34-32 game into a 12-point Bulldog lead. The senior wraps defenses around him, and the Tigers have to find a way to slow him down if they want to pull off the upset.
But NHS has shown that if it can contain Morris or get him in foul trouble, the Tigers have the ability to run with the rest of Edmond Memorial’s roster. They were competitive in both previous meetings and remained within striking distance until late in the game.
“It seemed like every time we would get close, we just couldn’t get that next possession we needed,” coach Matt Thornton said after the Bulldogs defeated NHS last month. “We played well at times and sometimes you can see that peek of brilliance, but other times, it disappears.”