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Tigers jump North Florida and keep the hammer down

Tigers-Joe-Jackson-1806In 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.

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How the Grizzlies beat the World Champions

Grizz-LB-1914The 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.

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One up and one down for Tigers in WNIT

LadyTigers-vs-GramblingQuick 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.

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Tigers seek back-to-back wins after Tulane victory

football-Marcus-RuckerThe 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.

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New owner, new season and fresh expectations for Grizz

New owner of the Grizzlies Robert Pera and Grizzlies CEO Jason LevienNBA 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.

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Slow-starting Tigers take out CBU

U of M-Tigers-BBallIn 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.

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Tigers put in for-real work against Rhodes

U of M Lady Tigers basketballAs 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.

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Tigers stay focused amid a tunnel of losses

It gets harder every week trying to find the "light" in the latest loss by University of Memphis Tigers' football team. And if it's tough for the media, it has to be extremely taxing on the Memphis players.

The Tigers lost to Marshall last weekend (Nov. 3), sinking to 1-8 on the season, which would be enough to frustrate even the most steadfast. Yet, Memphis is staying positive.

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Trending: Same old start for Grizzlies

Grizz-Luncheon-1The Memphis Grizzlies extended their season-opener losing streak to twelve on Wednesday (Oct. 31) at the Staples Center where they fell to the Los Angeles Clippers 101-92 in a game of runs filled with exciting highs and lows.

The two teams, rightfully so, have developed a new NBA rivalry. Picking up where they left off from last season, game one showed high levels of intensity and glimpses of promise from a Grizz team looking for redemption.

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Grizz and new owners ready to ‘meet’ Memphis

The Memphis Grizzlies will have a two-game, season-opening road trip in the rearview mirror when they team up with new owner, Robert J. Pera, for the team's home-opener on Monday (Nov. 5.)

Pera is building his relationship with Memphis fans on this declaration: "The Grizzlies are here to stay in Memphis."

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‘Community field’ a dream come true for Whitehaven High

On Friday (Nov. 2) from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., parents, teachers, students and community leaders will gather to celebrate and dedicate the brand new football field and track at Whitehaven High School, 4851 Elvis Presley Blvd.

The event includes a ribbon cutting celebration, music by the WHS Sounds of Perfection marching band, and the release of 500 hundred balloons in the school's colors – black, gold and white. Remarks will be provided by Supt. Dr. Kriner Cash, Congressman Steve Cohen and School Board Commissioner Reginald Porter Jr. WHS cheerleading and pom-pom squads will be on hand, and a brief reception and photo session follow.

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Memphis looks to run as Thundering Herd looms

If you're a University of Memphis football fan in need of some tidbit to suggest that better times are ahead for a squad with seven losses and one win, I've got a place you can start.

Although the Tigers have had their fair share of growing pains, it hasn't been all bad for Memphis. When one looks at the team as a whole, improvements aren't that hard to find. In fact, thus far into the 2012 season, Memphis is even or better in 24 of the 37 statistical categories the NCAA uses to measure a team's performance as compared to last year.

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Grizz fine tune as season opener nears

Grizz-MS-ToughThe 2012-13 NBA Preseason is approaching an end and the Memphis Grizzlies are ready to move forward.

"Too long," said Grizz forward Rudy Gay when asked to sum up the preseason thus far.

He paused and laughed.

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