Memphis lost an exhibition 74-70 to Division II Christian Brothers University on Wednesday night.
Christian Brothers, of the Gulf South Conference, finished 18-11 last season and was picked to finish second in its conference. Sidy Sall led the team against Memphis with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
"We're gonna be a good team. I know we're gonna be a good team," Memphis coach Josh Pastner said after the game, according to ESPN Radio. "All I ask is that we judge the team and evaluate starting next week."
The Tigers received votes in both the preseason AP and Coaches Polls and were chosen to finish third in the AAC preseason poll.
Memphis went 24-10 last season, its 14th straight year with at least 20 wins, and received an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament. The Tigers return two starters from that team in junior Shaq Goodwin and sophomore Austin Nichols, who had 18 points and 17 points in the exhibition, respectively.
"I would say it's a little shocking," Nichols said after the game.
Wednesday's game was Memphis' only exhibition prior to opening the regular season next Tuesday against Wichita State. The Tigers also played a closed scrimmage on Nov. 8.
- Molly Geary