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Posted on: March 15, 2009 9:12 am

 So, for the second year in a row, the Memphis haters are talking.  "oh, memphis is not that good.  they're in a weak conference.  They cant shoot free throws."  yada yada yada.  Listen up!  For the second year in a row, Memphis did what was expected of them.  They won the games they were supposed to.  Unlike many of their peers at the top like Louisville for example, who got throttled by Notre Dame.  NOTRE DAME!  Clemson got beat by GA Tech as well as Wake Forest.  All these teams are getting beat by teams that they are far better than and teams with loosing records.  Hey commend Memphis for winning when they are expected too instead of loosing to a team with a 12-18 record or the over hyped Notre Dame, for which espn felt they needed to show all of their games which by the way, they lost every last one of them.  Dont be suprised if Memphis beats your team in the tourney, which you will continue to label them, "Not that good!" 

Go Memphis!


Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2009 6:15 pm


Fair enough. At least your answers were about facts and not opinions. Yes, I was a little tough on Louisville, have to be....I am a Tiger fan LOL. I did say though that they won the toughest conference and totally deserved the no. 1 overall seed. Like you, I hope we get a shot at playing the Cards. Denny Crum vs. Dana Kirk....those were some fun ones. Milt Wagner laughing as he shot the free throws to beat us at Freedom Hall in the Metro tournament....that one hurt. It was a great rivalry, although we were on the short end of the stick most of the time. Oh well, here's hoping we play better than we did today.


Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2009 2:39 pm


You're analysis is a little rough on the edges.  Louisville doesn't schedule a tough non-conference because of the conference they're in.  Memphis schedules a tough non-conference slate due to the garbage conference they're in.  That's the difference.  Louisville schedules softies that at least have a shot to win their conference (Western Kentucky, South Alabama, Morehead State, Austin Peay, UNLV, etc...) or have a lot of seniors.  Sometimes it doesn't work out, sometimes it does.  Memphis does nearly the same, but it schedules some big games to up its SOS.  Syracuse, Georgetown, Xavier, Tennessee, and Gonzaga, to be exact.  Problem is, due to the terrible conference they're in, they have to win those games (like they did last year) in order to get a one seed...and they didn't.  End of story.

Louisville may have lost a few games (5), but it finished very strong.  Winning the Big East in both ways, by at least two games, is something that the Selection Committee couldn't ignore, and hence the overall number one seed (with help from UNC, Kansas, etc...).  Memphis did great over the last many games, but it was against sub-par competition.  If Memphis had another shot against Georgetown, I'm sure they'd beat them.  Against Xavier?  Probably.  Syracuse would be much tougher now...but none of that matters.  Those are games you're supposed to win if you want a one seed...if you don't, you still get a very nice two seed.  Memphis is still a great team.  There's a reason people are choosing them for the Final Four.  In fact, even though I really despise Memphis, I hope they beat UConn so Louisville gets a team they match up better with.  


Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2009 5:23 pm


Most ignorant arguement I've heard yet. First of all, Memphis didn't choose to stay in the confernce, we just weren't invited to join the Big East. We're a small school with a small reputation and that wasn't appealing to them at the time. We have to play in our confernece because it is all that we've got. Basically, Louisville, Cincinnati, and USF joined an already great conference.  You can only schedule 15 or so out of conference games when you set it up. Memphis chose Georgetown, Syracuse,  Gonzaga, Cincinnati and Tennessee as their strongest out of conference games (notice the 2 Big East Teams). Their weakest would be Fairfield, UT Chattanooga, Marist, Arkansas-LR, Drexel, Northeastern, and Lamar. We ended up playing Seton Hall and Xavier as well in Puerto Rico. Granted, we lost to 3 of the 5 strong and to Xavier, but we won the rest. That is what you are supposed to do. Not everyone wants to play us either. Duke and Illinois both turned us down as well as Ole Miss, Oklahoma, and Marquette. Not much you can do when everyone says no. Now let's look at Louisville's choices for out of conference. Morehead State, South Alabama, Indiana State, Ohio, Lamar, Austin Peay, Ole Miss and UAB (a weak team per your bash of conference USA). Strong non-conference teams would be Kentucky, Minnesota and UNLV of which you lost 2 of 3 plus you lost to Western Kentucky. I know, they're in the tournament, well so is UT Chattanooga. And what is that I see on your schedule, Lamar and UAB....they're on our schedule too!

Louisville didn't beat any top 25 teams over and over again either. St. Johns, USF, Rutgers, Depaul, Cincinnatti, Seton Hall and Providence weren't in the Top 25 when you played them. Even Georgetown had dropped out of the Top 25 when you played them. You basically beat Syracuse early in the season then caught them after 7 overtimes and 3 games in a row. They ran out of gas. You beat Providence and Villanova twice, with two of those wins coming in the Big East tournament due to seeding.  I wouldn't say it was a real challenge in the Big East tournament given your opponents at that time. You beat the 5th, 6th and 7th place teams in your conference of which one was in the Top 25. You lost to UConn and beat Pitt. Uconn and Pitt are without a doubt your toughest opponents and you split with them.

Now, with all of that said, I will hands down concede that the Big East is better than conference USA and that Louisville played a much tougher CONFERENCE schedule than Memphis. And, Louisville more than deserves the overall #1 seed by winning both the regular season and tournament for the toughest conference in the country. There, you have my praises.

Bottom line, don't bash us because we play in a weak conference and call us a joke. We didn't stay to guarantee anything, we weren't asked to join the Big East. We could most definitely "hack it" in the Big East. Seems that we're getting all of the number recruits year in and year out and talent wins games. Louisville and Pitino would have drooled silly to get Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, and now Xavier Henry. Funny how when you get top players your team is great, when we get them we're a joke. Just about every top team in the country sought these players and we got them. If they had been on Big East teams they'd be superstars. Well I got news for you.......they are superstars!

Your tone alone shows you are just a hater and have no facts to support your obvious internal rage.


Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: March 17, 2009 4:14 pm


I just have one thing to say to all you memphis fans...

You have a stellar squad and no matter how "weak" everyone else thinks their sked was Memphis will go deep into the tourney and possibly come out with a championship. Memphis has one thing that other teams including my own lacked this year... HEART. I'll jump on the Memphis bandwagon this year!


Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2009 6:06 pm


No respect again this year??? Thats fine...probably the motivation Calipari can use to show his team the lack of respect given by the  "big conferences"! Granted Louisville had a pretty good season although they only played UCONN and PITT once... But how can you take from such an athletic team?? Another 30 win season...And in my opinion probably another final four appearance. But all you Memphis haters give the team their due and judge the team and not the conference...we were in the same weak conference last year and were a #1 seed and in the finals and realistically should have been national enjoy the tournament and watch Memphis roll! And if your sick of hearing of Memphis, you probably won't wanna watch next year either.

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2009 1:22 pm


All we Memphis fans want is to be recognized as one of the elite teams in the country. Please stop using our conference as an excuse to say we're not playing real competition. The same was said last year but all we did was beat three quality teams who we weren't allegedly supposed to beat pretty convincingly(Mich St, Texas, and UCLA). Before someone says that was last year let me move on.We can only beat the teams that we are scheduled to play and I think we do have a top ten rpi. Our defense is even better this year. Take a look at the stats: 6th in NCAA in blocks; 12th in 3pt fg def; 11th in steals; 7th in scoring defense; 3rd in scoring margin; and 1st in fg pct def. It does not matter whether we are a number one or two seed. We still have to beat the teams in our region which won't be easy and then and only then can we quiet our critics and erase the bad memory of last years national championship defeat.

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2009 8:32 am


 Am missing something here.... We just stayed?  Or we weren't invited?  The ignorance that is out here in the college basketball world is beyond belief.  Do you people think there is a sign up sheet each year that determines what conference you play in?  We play in Conference America because we have too... not because we choose too!  All we have done is play the hand that was dealt to us and add a strong non-conference schedule to prepare and validate us as contenders.  But all that is ever brought up is how we play in this horrible conference but guess what no one out there is inviting us to play in there's.  We, as fans would love the opportunity to play in a BCS Conference but in order to do that we have to be invited and until that happens we will continue to field statements made of ya'll play in a weak conference.

Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2009 10:33 pm


This whole look thing of "look who they've played" is getting ridiculous! They play D-1 basketball, they dominate and they won 30 times!! I'm not even a Memphis fan but come on! I remember hearing some of the same stuff last year and look how far they went. And if anybody thinks that Memphis couldn't beat ANY of the 7 Big Ten teams that got in, you're nuts. That is an excellent, well-coached basketball team that now has a little bit of a chip on their shoulder. I'm glad my team is in a different region!! 

Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2009 7:48 pm


Come on people!  MEM should have been a #1 seed.  They have the longest win streak in the COUNTRY.  Their Sr class is the winningest class in NCAA HISTORY!  They've DOMINATED their conference for FOUR years...this is not something that has just happened.  MEM doe snot get to pick the conference they're in, so they play a more than respectable non conf schedule. 

Finally, if C-USA is sooooo weak, how do you explain the tigers having the #1 recruiting class in NCAA Basketball next year?  Give'em their due...a #2 is disrespectful - especially to UCONN.

Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2009 6:53 pm


All you Memphis Haters,try not to be nervous but the Memphis Tigers will be in the Final 4 AGAIN

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