There was a sea of green in a den of blue in FedExForum on Saturday night. The Boston Celtics were in town to face the Memphis Grizzlies in front of a sold-out crowd. Celtics fans traveled from nearby cities to see their still-favored Eastern conference team.
But neither the Celtics nor their fans could hold off the Memphis Grizzlies, who won the game 110-106 without All-Star Marc Gasol. The seven-foot center re-aggravated an abdominal tear the night before when Grizzlies fell to the New Orleans Hornets on the road. The injury was originally sustained on March 6 when they faced the Portland Trailblazers.
Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said his game plan going without Gasol was to be quick and share the ball.
The University of Louisville heads into the NCAA tournament at the top of the rankings in more ways than one. It's the college basketball king of revenue and profits.
The school, which also has the No. 1 ranking in the March Madness tournament, earned a profit of $26.9 million from its men's basketball program last year, according to figures that schools have to file with the Department of Education and analyzed by CNNMoney. That's about 60 percent more than the $16.9 million profit at the University of North Carolina, whose men's hoops team had the second largest profit.
Louisville turned that profit on revenue of $42.4 million. Syracuse came in second with $25.9 million in revenue.
Once upon a time, two young NBA teams formed a rivalry. The Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder were under the radar for quite some time.
But in the emergence of a new age in the Western Conference they were on the rise, fighting for top-shelf spots. The NBA world watched as the two teams started to seriously rumble with the well-known teams. Then came the 2011 playoff battle that spilled into a Game Seven, with the Grizzlies sent home in the second round.
Memphis and OKC faced each other once again in FedExForum on Wednesday. No it wasn't the playoffs, but it was a high-profile game with playoff-like intensity. This time around, the Grizzlies defeated the Thunder in overtime, 90-89, with starting guard Mike Conley leading the way.
So, the cat's out of the bag.
Golfing great Tiger Woods confirmed a very loosely kept secret Monday: that he and six-time reigning World Cup downhill skiing champion Lindsey Vonn are an item.
On his Facebook page, Woods wrote: "This season has been great so far and I'm happy with my wins at Torrey and Doral. Something nice that's happened off the course was meeting Lindsey Vonn. Lindsey and I have been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become very close and are now dating. We thank you for your support and for respecting our privacy. We want to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and continue to compete as athletes."
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.