Thomas was 9-of-15 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds, while Black contributed 10 points and 13 rebounds. Joe Jackson added 17 points and five assists for the Tigers (12-3, 2-0).
Rod Rucker paced the Blazers (8-9, 0-2) with 16 points and 11 rebounds for his seventh double-double this season and third straight. The junior is averaging 17.7 points and 13.3 rebounds over his past three contests.
Memphis dominated on the glass with a 44-34 rebounding advantage.
Both teams struggled beyond the arc, with Memphis connecting on 1 of 12 attempts and UAB going 0 for 13.
Memphis led 19-17 when D.J. Stephens' layup sparked a 15-3 run that put the Tigers up 34-20 at the intermission. Memphis maintained the double-digit lead the rest of the game.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
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