In recent years, the University of Memphis basketball team has had a problem with playing down to the competition. That problem manifested in last week's exhibition when the Tigers came out slow in the first half against Christian Brothers University and actually trailed at halftime.
Memphis won by double digits, but coach Josh Pastner wasn't happy with the overall effort. He wants to see his team play hard all 40 minutes.
The Miami Heat game plan coming into the sold-out FedExForum (Nov. 11) was to keep Memphis from feeding the ball inside to big men Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph.
Sure. That sounds pretty good, except that the plan backfired as the Grizzlies darted past the world champs 104 to 86. And it was the second unit that led the charge.
Quick thinking, dominant defense, collective ball handling and back-to-back scoring were all plentiful as the University of Memphis Women's Basketball team started its regular season with an opening-round route of Grambling State University (Nov. 9) at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
Out-rebounding Grambling 49-31, the Tigers played fast and furious in bringing home a 92-42 victory.
The University of Memphis football Tigers only had three games left on their schedule –Tulane, UAB and Southern Miss – heading into last weekend and those remaining opponents only had four total wins between them.
With that knowledge, it looked as if Memphis had a good chance to win some games over the last quarter of the season and take some momentum into the off-season.
Getting the home stretch started right, Memphis recorded a "W" (Nov. 10) over the Tulane Green Wave. The Tigers won 37-23 with their most dominant performance of the year.
NBA home openers are memorable standing along, and when the team's new primary owner is in the house, well, you get the picture.
On Monday (Nov. 5), the 2012 version of Memphis Grizzlies took to the court at FedExForum against the Utah Jazz. It was the first game before new owner Robert J. Pera.
In the True Blue Nation of University of Memphis Tigers men's basketball, an exhibition game is an opportunity to practice big-time fandom. And a large crowd gathered on Wednesday night (Nov. 7) to watch their Tigers take on the Christian Brothers University Buccaneers at the FedExForum.
Memphis enters the season ranked 16th or 17th in the nation, depending on which poll you trust. Their opponent, CBU, was no slouch, ranking 16th in the D-2 polls.
As exhibition games, University of Memphis women's basketball coach Melissa McFerrin got just about what she needed out of the tilt against the Rhodes College Lynx last Saturday (Nov. 3)
Memphis rolled over Rhodes 88 to 30 during an afternoon exhibition game at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.