No. 18 Memphis has had enough time to refocus coming off the high of its last game.
The Tigers upset then-No. 14 SMU 54-48 at home on Nov. 2 after ESPN's College GameDay show generated a block party on Beale Street earlier in the day.
The Tigers (8-1, 4-1 American Athletic Conference) play Saturday at struggling Houston (3-6, 1-4) in an important game to keep the Tigers' hopes alive for the AAC West title. Memphis is a half-game behind SMU and Navy, both 5-1, in the West standings, but the Tigers have the tiebreaker edge because they defeated both teams.