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SMU 66, Tigers 57 — Facing the 21st-ranked team in the country, the Tigers would have had their hands full with a complete arsenal Thursday night at FedExForum. By the third minute of the second half, though, two starting guards ( Markel Crawford and Kedren Johnson) were out of the game for good and a third ( Pookie Powell) was not even in the building, nursing an illness on campus.

The Joy (and Horror) of Kentucky Basketball — click to enlarge It's becoming more and more evident that the Kentucky Wildcats will enter next month's NCAA tournament with a chance to complete college basketball's first undefeated season in 39 years.

Tigers 75, Connecticut 72 — The Tigers brought some warmth - at least emotionally - to a city much in need Thursday night with a win over the defending national champions at FedExForum, the team's first home win over a club not named Jacksonville State in more than three weeks.

2015 Memphis Tigers Football Schedule — Sept. 5 - MISSOURI STATESept. 12 - at KansasSept. 19 - at Bowling GreenSept. 24 - CINCINNATIOct. 2 - at USFOct. 17 - OLE MISSOct. 23 - at TulsaOct. 31 - TULANENov. 7 - NAVYNov. 14 - at HoustonNov. 21 - at TempleNov. 28 - SMU

What Did We Expect From These Memphis Tigers? — "If you're forecasting, you'd say we're loaded for the future: everybody's coming back, the recruits we're getting. But people are anxious to see how we do this year. This is a brand-new team, starting from ground zero." - Josh Pastner, October 2014 Every team, regardless of the sport, lands in one of three areas at the end of its season.

East Carolina 64, Tigers 53 — A disappointing season spiraled further downward for the Tigers tonight in Greenville, North Carolina, where they lost to the East Carolina Pirates two weeks after beating them by 12 points at FedExForum. The difference tonight was the absence of Austin Nichols, the U of M's most consistent offensive threat and only rim protector defensively.

The Memphis Open: A Tennis Revival? — "When this job opportunity came up, I knew nothing about Memphis. Nada." click to enlarge Erin Mazurek - the new general manager of the Memphis Open - may well personify a renaissance for professional tennis in Memphis.

Tigers 74, Jacksonville State 48 — The Tigers cruised to an easy win over the Gamecocks tonight in front of a sparse crowd at FedExForum, taking what amounts to a midseason reboot after an undressing at the hands of Gonzaga last Saturday. With 12 points, seven rebounds, and seven blocks, sophomore forward Austin Nichols finished in the neighborhood of the program's fourth triple-double.

The Grizzlies' Fab Four ... as KISS — click to enlarge Dreamstime/Mario Beauregard Four distinct members of a team, each with his own passionate fan base . . . but better as a unit than they'd ever be as solo acts. Together, they pack arenas and bring fans to their feet screaming in exultant joy.

Tigers 70, East Carolina 58 — The Memphis Tigers withstood a second-half barrage of three-pointers by the overmatched East Carolina Pirates to win their second straight game and finish the first half of their American Athletic Conference schedule with a record of 6-3 (13-7 overall).
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Feb 27, 2015

Why isn't Earl Lloyd a household name? First black man to play in NBA game (10-31-50 with Washington Capitols). May he rest in peace.

Feb 27, 2015

"The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Or the one." RIP Leonard Nimoy.

Feb 27, 2015

Saturday night will be last chance this season for Tigers to sell 15,000 tickets. Averaged 16,121 last season. Perhaps for 1984-85 reunion?

Feb 27, 2015

Last time the Memphis Tigers didn't play a home game (including conference tourneys) in March: 1999. Streak may be continued by . . . NIT.

Feb 26, 2015

The continuing facelift of AutoZone Park. Note the new bluff seating down rightfield line. And new warning track.

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