Saturday, January 26, 2008

Memphis at Tulsa

The bad news for Memphis is that they were unable to score 60 points. The good news is that their opponent scored just 41. And that meant a typical Memphis conference USA road win. The home team, feeding on the irrationally exhuberant crowd managed to stay in the game, until some point in the second half Memphis pulls away and makes it a game of cat and mouse.

This was a good chance for 7-footer Jerome Jordan of Tulsa to get some exposure, and certainly this player could become an NBA first rounder by the time he graduates. But he wasn't enough to stop Memphis from scoring.

Joey "can't make a layup" Dorsey was a monster rebounding wise, but had a hard time making practice layups. Perhaps the 7-footer Jordan was on the back of his mind, and perhaps he reminded him of his nirvana performance against Greg Oden in the 2007 Elite 8.

And while the Memphis offense was held down to under 60, their defense was what won the game for them as Tulsa could not really score. And this is perhaps the key to Memphis making it to the Final Four. Playing on both sides of the court.

The #1 ranking gave the Joe Biden of college basketball coaches a chance to get in front of the three cameras that escaped him so far ;-)

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