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Historic day was worth it

January 27, 2008

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If you know your Tiger basketball history, you know that the last time Memphis was #1 was short-lived as they lost to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Saturday’s game against Gonzaga marked the first time in school history that the Tigers played a home game as the #1 team in the country. Although I was not […]

No letdown in Tulsa

January 24, 2008


Twenty-five years after the Tigers became probably the first team to be ranked #1 in the country and lose it on the same day in history, Wednesday night’s game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane was a perfect way to keep the same thing from happening again. Although I didn’t get a chance to watch the […]

Kentucky isn’t dead yet

January 23, 2008

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Say what you will about the first year of the Billy Clyde era in Lexington, the word “quit” wouldn’t be anywhere in the vernacular of this Wildcats squad. With Tennessee coming in with the highest ranking in their basketball history, the Wildcats Tuesday night, with their season hanging in the balance, Kentucky took advantage of […]

Basketball has always had a mark on this state

January 22, 2008

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While for the majority of the last 50 or so years the Volunteer State has made strides in basketball, beginning with the Vanderbilt Commodores’ 1951 SEC Tournament championship as well the Tigers’ 1957 NIT Final Four appearance and ending with the recent success of Memphis, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt, basketball was still something that filled in […]

Dre Smith, I'm not

January 22, 2008


One of the things I remembered discussing with one of the basketball players was the mental toughness that comes with playing college basketball, especially in raucous arenas like MacArthur Court or Cameron Indoor Stadium. “You have to block everything out,” he said to me, “Act like you’re the only person in the gym.” On Monday […]

Look who's #1

January 20, 2008


Twenty-six years ago, the Memphis Tigers for the first time in their history was ranked #1 in the AP poll as they were in the middle of one of the best starts in school history. However, the ranking, for the most part would be short-lived as Virginia Tech on the same night that the news […]

Things just aren't peachy-keen in Morgantown

January 15, 2008


As a sportswriter and a fan, I wish everything was as peaceful as a couple of friends drinking Fantas on a hot summer afternoon in Memphis. Even if I was a fan in Morgantown, West Virginia, I would still want the same thing as far as peace was concerned. But unless if you’ve been under […]