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‘Memphis State Tigers’ spirit past SMU

“It was the uniforms,” Kareem Brewton Jr. said jokingly. Brewton and his University of Memphis teammates rolled past the SMU Mustangs 83-61 at the FedExForum on Saturday night. Brewton made six three-point shots (a career high)in the victory in front 16,673 at the FedExForum. The Tigers...

Lil Penny is working on a comeback

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While appearing on the ESPN show “Get Up,” Penny Hardaway delivered the definitive answer to a question that surfaced soon after he was named head coach of the University of Memphis mens basketball team. "Lil Penny is actually going to be coming back out soon,"...

In battle of No. 1 prep players, Memphis East falls to Rancho Christian, 66-56

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WEST MEMPHIS, Ark.  — Memphis has a history of great basketball and great games. On Friday night, that meant a matchup between the Rancho Christian Eagles from Temecula, CA (southeast of Los Angeles) and Memphis East in a non-conference game. The Eagles are ranked...

Tigers bag not-so-pretty win against ECU’s Pirates

“It was an ugly win, but we will take those,” was the opening statement of Head Coach Penny Hardaway after the University of Memphis Tigers managed to get by the East Carolina University Pirates 78-72 at FedExForum Thursday night. Looking to send a message to...

Tigers control Wichita State to win conference opener

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“I am savoring every moment of this” is what Penny Hardaway said of his first conference win as head coach of the University of Memphis. The Tigers (9-5,1-0) defeated the Wichita State Shockers 85-74 in front of a FedExForum crowd of 15,068 on a chilled...

With AAC play on horizon, ‘tournament or bust’ starts now for Tigers

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by Terry Davis, Special to The New Tri-State Defender As 2019 tips off, The Memphis Tigers’ 8-5 record reflects a team that’s won games in which they were favored to win and have lost the games they weren’t. In that time, the players have had...

It’s 2019 – Time for the Tigers to shift into conference gear

Now that the University of Memphis Tigers have successfully navigated the HBCU part of their basketball schedule, the next stretch of games will be the measure of where they stand in the American Athletic Conference hierarchy. After another naggingly slow start last Saturday against Florida...

Symbol of glory restored for Olympic medalist

Back in the day when Margaret Matthews was blazing fast afoot, she helped the USA women’s team run down a bronze metal at the Melbourne, Australia Olympics. For 40 years, she had no medal to reflect that historic run. That scenario changed shortly before Christmas...

Tigers hold on to defeat Little Rock

For the University of Memphis Tigers, the next game after the game with cross-state rival Tennessee turned out to be a 99-89 squeaker over the Trojans from Little Rock. Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway knew the peril going into Wednesday night's game at FedExForum. All week, he...

Vols strike first and hard; Tigers don’t quit but lose 102-92

When the No. 3 ranked team in the nation rolls in with the intention of beating you on your home court, a preferred strategy is to hit first -- and hard -- and try to control things from there. Of course, you'd like to have...