INDIANAPOLIS – Zach Randolph gave over four dozen tickets to family and friends from his hometown in Indiana.
He didn't disappoint with a big third quarter.
Randolph scored 11 of his 22 points in the third and added 13 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 97-89 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
“I’m gonna spread the news
“that if it feels this good gettin’ used,
“just keep on using me
“until you use me up.”
– “Use Me” by Bill Withers
There’s no better description of the essence of the academic scandal recently unearthed regarding UNC-Chapel Hill than this Bill Withers classic hit.
The Memphis Grizzlies were down by three in the second quarter. All-Star center Marc Gasol caught a pass from Vince Carter and made one of his two dunks of the night. The crowd of 17,731 screamed as Gasol swung from the basketball goal before dropping to his feet.
With forceful scores in the paint and his jumper, Gasol poured in a career-best 32 points and added nine rebounds in 37 minutes in the season-opening victory (105-101) against the Minnesota Timberwolves at FedExForum on Wednesday (Oct. 29) night.
INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA on Tuesday released the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and the Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) Report. For a second straight season, the University of Memphis graduated 84 percent of its student-athletes for the 2007 cohort against a Federal Graduation Rate of 59 percent for the same period.
The FGR accesses only first-time full-time freshmen and only counts them as an academic success if they graduate from their institution of initial enrollment within a six-year period. The GSR differs from the FGR in that it adds transfer students, mid-year enrollees and non-scholarship students (in specific cases) to the sample. This allows the GSR to more accurately look at student-athlete successes by taking in to account the full variety of participants in NCAA Division I and tracking their individual outcomes. For example, the FGR for the 2007 report takes in to consideration just 84,053 student-athletes in NCAA Division I. The GSR for that same period (2004-2007 entering classes) tracks 93,637 college athletics participants, an 11.4 percent difference.
In the NBA, the end of the preseason signals the beginning of a lot less playing time for most of the league’s rookies. There will be no bucking of that trend by the Grizzlies as the 2014 season kicks off this week.
“It’s going to be tough for the young guys to break into the rotation,” said Memphis head coach Dave Joerger after the Grizzlies wrapped up the preseason with a 104-98 loss to the Miami Heat at the FedExForum on Friday. “They are aware of that. …”
NASHVILLE – J.J. Watt takes the NFL very seriously, so he gave Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger a reminder that this isn’t high school by mocking the first-time starter with a pretend selfie.
Watt celebrated and sent his message after coming up with two sacks, a batted pass he nearly picked off and a forced fumble as the Houston Texans beat the Tennessee Titans 30-16 Sunday for a win in the franchise’s 200thgame.
Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade helped the Miami Heat close the preseason with their fourth straight win, but the reserves preserved the victory.
Bosh scored 21 points, Wade added 16, and the Heat defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 104-98 on Friday night at FedExForum.