Thursday, May 26, 2022

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Pushing through at ‘winning time’ sets up championship shot for Tigers

FORT WORTH, Texas – Penny Hardaway’s University of Memphis Tigers were down 55-51 to SMU’s Mustangs when a media timeout stopped play at the 6:59 mark down the stretch. With a ticket on the line to the next day’s finals of the 2022 Air Force...

Tigers run away from UCF to set up a semifinal showdown with SMU

FORT WORTH, Texas -- “Very hard game. … The first game of the tournament is a very hard game. You don’t know what to expect,” said University of Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway, whose Tigers controlled the University of Central Florida Golden Knights on...

Tigers tighten grip on long-awaited return to NCAA Tournament with Houston win

The win – Memphis 75, Houston 61 – was huge for the NCAA Tournament-hungry Memphis Tigers. And, for Memphis senior Alex Lomax, it was a victory that will resonate years from now as he moves about his basketball-crazed hometown. On Senior Day and with the heightened...

Ja shows his mastery with a ‘50-piece’ outing

It was one of those, “Do you remember where you were nights?” The night Memphis superstar point guard Ja Morant scored a career-high and franchise-record 52 points, setting franchise-high-scoring marks in back-to-back games. This Monday evening had a sense of urgency before the first game-time ball...

Tigers staying on the winning track with tunnel vision

The mind games between the University of Memphis Tigers and the Wichita State Shockers started long before tipoff last Sunday afternoon at FedExForum. The Shockers were not too happy with how the Tigers were dancing after slamming the Shockers with an 18-point loss on...

Tigers start slow, fall behind before revving up for a pull-away win

With three key players on the bench in first-half foul trouble, Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway went against the coaching grain to address a deficit that had reached as much as eight-points deep. The result he reaped steadied the Tigers (16-9, 10-5 American Athletic Conference)...

Ja-dropping dunks put Morant’s stamp on NBA All-Star game

As the Grizzlies beat writer for The New Tri-State Defender, I took in the All-Star Game festivities with a trained eye on first-time starter Ja Morant, whose he-has-arrived status as an NBA star was evident throughout the weekend. The NBA All-Star game again proved it...

Shooting among stars, Desmond Bane’s winning dream was not to be

CLEVELAND – As Memphis sharpshooter Desmond Bane reached for balls from a rack set up for the NBA All-Star 3-point shooting contest, stars from various professional domains looked on and/or chatted with each other. For many – if not most – the three-point shooting competition...

Bane’s presence felt on All-Star Weekend’s Rising Stars night

CLEVELAND – NBA All-Star Game Weekend is like a convention for basketball junkies, with this season's made extra special by its intersection with the 75th Anniversary of the association. Here in Cleveland this weekend, it is not uncommon to walk into legends of the game...

Pre-All-Star-break buzz a salve for Grizzlies’ stinging loss to Trailblazers

The Grizzlies head into the NBA All-Star break with the best record in franchise history, a divisional lead and the third-best mark in the Western Conference – all points of reference in processing the team’s subpar performance in a loss to Portland on Wednesday...