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Second-half meltdown by Grizz lifts Clippers to win

IMG-Mike-1607 600For Memphis Grizzlies players, joining the sick and shut in does not come as a surprise. Tony Allen and Ed Davis have now been added to the injury list.

After recently losing center Marc Gasol (left MCL sprain) and Zach Randolph (toe injury), Allen missed Thursday's home game (Dec. 5) against the Los Angeles Clippers with a hip contusion. In the second quarter of the match-up, Davis left with a left ankle sprain and did not return.

The Grizzlies fell to the Clippers 101-81 in front of a crowd of 15,112. But it wasn't a lack of effort or energy that caused the loss. At least Randolph doesn't think so.

 

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Memphis ends home-losing streak

IMG-ED-Davis-600Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley was back in his normal space – mind and body – on Tuesday (Dec. 2). He didn't have to carry the weight of the team.

"I thought Mike Conley didn't look as tired as he normally does because we put our bodies on people and got him open," said Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger.

"Then he can make plays. He's dropping it off. He got 14 assists. I can imagine a lot of those are to our bigs when they're rolling to the basket or punching it underneath the backboard."

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Grizz trend continues – another loss at home

IMG-rebound 600Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger entered the interview room with his usual demeanor – calm. Memphis had just suffered a fourth straight loss at the FedExForum, losing to the struggling Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.

"I have no idea to be honest," Joerger said, responding to a question about why the team is having such success on the road (five consecutive victories), yet struggling for a win at home.

"I don't know why we ease into games. It's something that I've talked about in the first three timeouts. We have to hit, we have to screen, we have to get people off of Mike Conley and we have got to get Mike Conley off a big number. We just let them get their hands on us and muck everything up."

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Tigers turn in dud game against Temple Owls

IMG-touchdown-Craft 600Every time a team takes the field, it has to be ready to play. Plenty of great teams have been beaten by lesser opponents because they overlooked their competition.

The University of Memphis Tigers are by no means a "great" football team, so it is even more essential to come into every game ready to give all. Headed into their game this past Saturday (Nov. 30) against the Temple Owls, the Tigers were actually a 10-point favorite.

Perhaps that line got to Memphis' head because the Tigers certainly didn't live up to that projection. It was Senior Day at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and unfortunately it wasn't the send-off that the upperclassmen would have imagined.

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Pastner-led Tigers get their first ‘big win’

IMG-Pregame-600The last time the University of Memphis's basketball team met the Oklahoma State University Cowboys, OSU's sophomore guard Marcus Smart had a career day scoring 39 points, more than all four of Memphis' senior guards combined. At one point in the first half of that game, Smart was outscoring the Tigers by himself.

So it was easy to see that containing Smart would be the focal point of the rematch in Orlando on Sunday evening (Dec. 1). During the first half, Memphis was able to do just that but still trailed by 10 (42-32) at halftime and it looked like the Tigers might be setting themselves up for a big disappointment.

Then it happened. The Tigers rallied in the second half Memphis outscored OSU 41-26 and defeated the No. 5 Cowboys 73-68 to win the Old Spice Classic.

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Gasol-less period begins with Grizz loss to Rockets

prince 600"We have been through situations similar to this," said Memphis center Marc Gasol, fielding questions from the media before the Grizzlies faced the Houston Rockets at FedExForum on Monday night (Nov. 25).

Gasol was referring to the fact that he will be out for the next few weeks recovering from a left knee injury he sustained in the loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Memphis on Friday (Nov. 22). An MRI revealed a left MCL sprain, putting the All-Star center out indefinitely.

"It's going to be a little different," said Gasol. "Roles are going to change a little bit, but I'm confident the team is going to play the way they are supposed to."

 

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Tigers drum Colonels after getting rolled by Cowboys

tigers 600After getting run out of the gym by Oklahoma State's Cowboys, the Memphis Tigers looked to rebound this past Saturday (Nov. 23) against the Nicholls State Colonels. Regardless of the embarrassing loss, the True Blue Nation showed its unwavering support, packing the FedExforum.

And, the fans got what they came to see. The Tigers drummed the Colonels to the tune of a 98-59 victory. It was quite clear from the onset that Nicholls was outmanned.

With the OSU loss fresh on their minds, no one should have been surprised that Memphis came out hungry and dominated the game.

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White Station takes thriller; Trezevant rushes toward goal

HS-Playoffs 600The Central Warriors (8-5) were playing their first quarterfinal game in school history against the White Station Spartans (9-4) at Crump stadium in a Class 6A matchup Friday night. A second-half thriller ended with Central on the short end of a 31-28 battle.

The stands at Crump stadium were filled with supporters from both schools at kickoff, with many still in line to be a part of a game that was stamped with a playoff atmosphere. The first half lacked offensive explosion and felt like it was going to be a dogfight, with a 7-3 halftime score.

The Spartans brought injured quarterback Cedric Wilson off the bench and he threw four touchdown passes in the second half, including a 5-yard pass to Terry Wright for the winner with 57 seconds left. Wilson finished 18 of 21 passing for 209 yards.

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Grizz grit can’t overcome Spurs’ grip

IMG-Tony 600When the game is over and your team's players and coach are saying things like the other team is smart, they stick to their system and they hit some tough shots, well, that sounds like a loss.

And it was: San Antonio 102, Memphis 86. The Spurs won both halves, going into the locker room at halftime with a 14-point lead that grew by two points by game's end.

Despite those point gaps, the Grizzlies were not pushovers. Absorbing the loss of center Marc Gasol, who left with a strained left knee in the second quarter, Memphis battled back to tie the game in the second half.

 

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Tigers try to stir Stillwater, instead get drowned

IMG-Coach-Josh-Pastner 600As the No. 11-ranked University of Memphis Tigers headed into Stillwater, Okla. to take on the No. 7 Oklahoma State Cowboys, the spread on the game opened with Memphis a 6.5 point underdog.

Vegas is usually pretty close on their predictions, but the spread grew to 9.5 before tip-off. When a spread jumps by three points, it's usually a good indication that the gamblers are all betting one way and in this case it was on the Cowboys.

With that information in mind, no realistic True Blue fan should have had expected a win from the Tigers on Tuesday night. The real question would be how Memphis would respond to its first real test of the season against a top-ranked opponent.

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Did football coach take school spirit too far?

teamspirit 600(CNN) – A Tennessee high school assistant coach faces charges of vandalism after he was arrested November 13 for allegedly damaging his own school to motivate his football team against its cross-county rival.

The day before the November 1 game between Marion County and South Pittsburg that would decide the District 6-A championship, authorities say, someone used orange and black paint – the colors of South Pittsburg – to spray-paint vulgarities on the field house at Marion County High School and damaged the school's campus.

"The field house was spray painted, a purple turf mat was damaged. A storage building was vandalized and trash was tossed all over the place," Mark Griffith, superintendent of Marion County schools, told HLN.

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Tigers blow by ‘close’ in roll past USF

IMG-B-Hayes 600Followers of University of Memphis football this season have become accustomed to close games. Unfortunately, most of those have been punctuated with a collapse by the Tigers and an eventual loss.

This past weekend, Memphis (2-6) was poised to win its first conference game, traveling to Tampa to take on the University of South Florida Bulls. After beating UT-Martin the previous week, the Tigers were looking to string together wins for the first time this year.

The storyline headed into the game was that both teams would be starting a freshman quarterback. So the question was not which QB would win the game for his team, but which one would make fewer mistakes.

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Pow! Tigers break out strong against Austin Peay

IMG-Pregame-600IMG Tigers_Ball_9171Whether you were headed to the FedExForum, the couch in front of your TV or a seat at your favorite sports bar, don't worry about missing the Tigers' slow start in their first official game of the season.

It didn't happen.

IMG looseball_9889IMG Dunked_on_9286The University of Memphis jumped out of the gate in a hurry. Austin Peay was down by 8 points right from the beginning and the Tigers were just getting going en route to a 95-69 blowout.

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