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.
The Mitchell High School gymnasium had the atmosphere of a NBA playoff game during the TSSAA Class AA sectional on Monday.
With music, cheerleaders, majorettes, the dance team AND the pep band in attendance to help create havoc, the Tigers (23-7) defeated visiting Liberty Tech from Jackson, Tenn. by 17 points – 59 to 42. The victory cleared the way for Mitchell's advance to the state championship game for the second consecutive year.
The Tigers' defensive pressure and balanced scoring from their big three helped to turn back a late rally by Liberty, which cut the lead to single digits late in the fourth period.
A Super Bowl run and a few wins against stellar quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and prize rookie Andrew Luck will certainly do something to a National Football League (NFL) resume. But should it make you the highest paid signal caller in the league?
Joe Flacco's agent certainly thinks so. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback recently agreed to a six-year agreement worth $120 million, making him the highest paid signal caller in NFL history.
While Flacco's career stats are certainly solid, are they worth $20 million a year? Stephen D. Riley and Perry Green of the AFRO Sports Desk debate the question.
During the first half of their game Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks the Memphis Grizzlies looked and played more like "The Get Along Gang" than the grit-and-grind squad that area fans have come to love.
The FedExForum absorbed 16,041 fans for the game and when it was done, Memphis had defeated Dallas 90-84. The Mavericks made sure the Grizz worked for it.
The Grizzlies did not score a field goal until halfway through the first quarter. Austin Daye scored on a jump shot, adding to Tony Allen's points from free throws. By the end of the first quarter, the Mavericks led 38-19, with Daye's 10 points pacing Memphis.
Most of us would agree that stereotypes are generally a bad thing. It's not a good practice to assume things about people or situations without knowing all the details. Even with this being said, many people have to fight preconceived notions on a daily basis.
If sterotypes are generally false, then why would people still choose to believe them? It's because although deep down stereotypes tend to be overblown exaggerations about a large group of people, sometimes – repeat sometimes – there is still a kernel of truth.
For example, everyone has heard the "dumb jock" stereotype. Now, are all athletes idiots? Certainly not. Are there some meatheads among the group? You betcha!
After the University of Memphis Tigers defeated Southern Mississippi 89 to 73 and wrapped up the C-USA conference title Saturday, head coach Josh Pastner decided to use the words of Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo.
"(The) best teams have to go through some adversity," Izzo said after his Spartans lost to No. 1 Indiana.
Memphis hasn't seen the same type of adversity as the No. 4 Spartans, who dropped another game last night to Ohio State. Pastner was referring to the losses early in the Tigers' season.
Over the weekend, the University of Memphis Tigers handled the Marshall Thundering Herd with relative ease (71-59). Considering Memphis only beat Marshall by one point at home earlier this season, the one-sided affair might have been a surprise to some folks.
However, with the Tigers overall level of play over the last two months it shouldn't have caught anyone of guard.
Fresh off their 16th victory in a row, the Tigers returned to action against the Houston Cougars last night at the FedExForum. The Cougars brought a winning record (15-9) overall into the match up, yet they had only managed to win 4 of their 11 games in C-USA competition. The Tigers were a perfect 11-0 and moved up in the Top 25 polls for the second time in as many weeks (21st AP/19th USA Today).