The band is warming up and the Tigers have laced their shoes. It's time to dance! The University of Memphis looks geared to win its first NCAA tournament game with Josh Pastner as head coach.
After securing the C-USA Tournament title on Saturday morning in Tulsa in a heart-pounding game not reflected by the final score (91-79), the Tigers learned Sunday evening that they were grouped in the Midwest region.
Memphis will take the floor on Thursday in Auburn Hills, Mich. (time to be announced) to take on the winner of a play-in game between Middle Tennessee State and Saint Mary's. The Tigers look to have a decisive advantage against either team, especially when the extra game for the opponent is taken into account.
Five Southwest men's and women's basketball players were voted all-conference by coaches in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association, including first team selections Marshun Newell and Teneisha Lurry.
Newell, a 6'3"sophomore swingman from Middle College High, averaged 18 points per game this season and led the Saluqis with 4.2 assists and 2.3 steals per game. He scored double figures in all but one of the games he played, with as many as 20 points eight times, and a career-high of 28 points against Motlow State.
Also one of the team's top rebounders, Newell recorded four double-doubles and grabbed a career-high of 13 boards against Dyersburg State. In addition, he had a near triple-double against Mid-South with 15 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
Nearly one year after suffering a horrific ACL tear, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has been cleared to return to the NBA. But after an offseason rehab campaign fueled by heavy media coverage, Rose still isn't ready to suit up for Chicago.
LeBron James and the Miami Heat are steamrolling competition as the Eastern Conference leaders, the Indiana Pacers control the NBA's Central Division – with Chicago a close second – and with every game that Rose misses, the window might be closing on a possible Finals appearance for the Bulls. However, the Bulls' faithful are still hopeful for a deep run in the Eastern conference playoffs with Rose at the helm but should the injured Bulls star bother to return this season?
The stat sheet told the story – Joe Jackson: 17 points, 10 assists, 9 rebounds, 6 steals; U of M Tigers 86, UAB Blazers 71.
A once heated rivalry between the two C-USA competitors has cooled over the years, but neither Jackson nor his Tiger teammates needed the rivalry factor for any added stimulation to get the job done at the FedExForum last Saturday. The victory sealed the Tigers' unblemished run through the C-USA regular season, as they notched a perfect 16-0 record.
Born a man, Fallon Fox became a woman through surgery and then trained to fight in mixed martial arts.
Now that she has won her first two bouts -- both in the first round -- she has gone public as a transgender fighter, the first on record in a popular sport that some consider as the successor to boxing.
"The reaction has been positive," said Fox, 37, who revealed her story recently to Sports Illustrated after a journalist with another publication began to investigate her private surgery. "It's just some people, some of society doesn't get it yet. And this is what we're trying to do now is to inform people and let them know about transgender athletes."
After the Memphis Grizzlies split a two-game road trip by losing to the Miami Heat and defeating the Orlando Magic, they eased past the Portland Trailblazers with a 91-85 victory at FedExForum on Wednesday night.
It was another comeback – the 10th when trailing by 17 or more since the start of the 2009 season. The Grizzlies (40-19) went into the half on the short end of a 50-38 score.
Grizz guard Tony Allen said going into the locker room they knew what they had to do.
The University of Memphis has sealed a regular season conference title and a first round bye in the C-USA tournament. With three games remaining on the schedule, the Tigers are merely playing for seeding in the NCAA tournament.
After a big let down on the road last week against Xavier, Memphis knows that another loss from this point forward could substantially affect the number in front of its name when the brackets are filled. And with back-to-back road games against UCF and UTEP still left, the Tigers had to be focused to come away with wins.