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Tulsa 73, Tigers 55 — In a season Josh Pastner likes to compare with peaks and valleys, the coach's team may have hit rock bottom tonight in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Entering the game on a three-game winning streak, Memphis took a 9-5 lead over eight minutes of sloppy play, then surrendered the lead for good when Tulsa went on an 11-2 run midway through the first half.

Tiger Attendance: Reason to Worry? — I don't worry about Josh Pastner. The Tiger coach is young, healthy, ambitious, and certainly well-paid for his work in the city's brightest spotlight. To borrow from Pastner's current expression of choice, basketball coaches endure seasons with "valleys." Better days are ahead for him. But I do worry about malaise in the Tiger basketball fan base.

Tigers 99, UCF 79 — A pair of key players returned to form Saturday afternoon at FedExForum and helped the Tigers to an easy win over the UCF Knights. Dominating the glass with a 53-24 rebounding advantage, Memphis cruised to its third straight win to improve to 11-6 on the season and 4-2 in American Athletic Conference play.

Tigers 63, Cincinnati 50 — Thursday night's tilt at FedExForum marked the precise tipping point to the Tigers' 2014-15 regular season. Fifteen games played prior to Cincinnati's arrival, and fifteen games now remaining. If there can be a breakthrough game in mid-January, a win over the program's most historic league rival is a good place to start.

Q & A: Memphis Redbirds GM Craig Unger — Fifteen years of age may seem young for a facelift. But not if you're a ballpark. Under new joint ownership (the City of Memphis and St. Louis Cardinals, parent club of the local Triple-A affiliate), AutoZone Park is undergoing its most dramatic renovations since opening for the 2000 season.

From My Seat | Memphis News and Events | Memphis Flyer — It's a week for counting blessings. I've got my share, to say the least, including some from the world of sports. Here are a few that stand out this year. (And Happy Thanksgiving.) * I'm thankful for Justin Fuente. This line is getting longer and longer.

The Dog Days of January — The Dog Days of January A few quick thoughts and observations to ring in 2015 . . . * August has long been known as "the dog days" of baseball season, too late for teams to feel fresh, but too early for any playoff buzz. In basketball terms, January is the most doggish of months.

Tulane 74, Tigers 66 — After a single season apart, Memphis and Tulane got reacquainted as conference rivals tonight at FedExForum. And with a 17-4 run to end the game, the Green Wave swept away a 22-game losing streak that dated back to February 2000, when Johnny Jones was coaching the U of M and home games were played at The Pyramid.

Frank's Top Five Memphis Sports Moments of 2014 — click to enlarge The five most memorable sporting events I attended in 2014. 5) Tigers 60, Gonzaga 54 (February 8) - It was a birthday block party Joe Jackson - and every witness at FedExForum - will never forget. With his Tigers trailing Gonzaga by 11 and 13:45 left to play, the 6'1" point guard rose (and rose .

Tigers 78, Western Illinois 51 — The Tigers completed their busiest stretch of the season - five games in 11 days - with a thorough dismantling of the Fighting Leathernecks at FedExForum. Memphis scored the game's first nine points and had the game in hand by halftime with a 41-14 lead.
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Jan 24, 2015

Josh simply has to find muscle. Real inside muscle. Nichols a nice, athletic shot-blocker. But not inside presence team desperately needs.

Jan 24, 2015

Among maddening frailties of this year's Tiger team, milquetoast rebounders at top of my list. Offensive boards kill.

Jan 24, 2015

What a world we'd have if we all approached our day like Ernie Banks. RIP Mr. Cub.

Jan 23, 2015

I wish (so much) the Seahawks would approach line of scrimmage for first snap of SB XLIX . . . with #Nerf ball. We need to laugh . . . .

Jan 23, 2015

A world divided over ball inflation. One more reason to turn your heart to #baseball. Or #hockey, for that matter.

Jan 23, 2015

Is Roger Goodell gonna step up to the mic any time soon (before "State of Game" address next week)? Seems appropriate. #stirring

Jan 23, 2015

RT @BillSimmons: Charlie Pierce went to yesterday's Brady-Belichick press conferences and wrote a terrific piece about them:…

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