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Memphis over Northridge

Posted on: March 19, 2009 3:37 pm
Edited on: March 19, 2009 3:44 pm

 KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It was all about the U for Memphis.

Thank goodness for the second-seeded Tigers.

An almost anonymous juco guard was the difference between Memphis getting a first-round win over scrappy Cal State Northridge and becoming the fifth No. 15-over-No. 2 upset victim in the tournament's history. That's Roburt -- with a u -- Sallie who dropped a school tournament-record 35 points on the Matadors in an 81-70 Memphis victory.

The sophomore had been averaging 4 1/2 points this season until breaking loose. The total broke Memphis' 36-year-old tournament record held by Larry Keenan. No one could properly explain why Sallie went off but Memphis needed every single point. Northridge led 64-61 and had the pro-Kansas crowd on its side before the Tigers finished the game on a 20-6 run.

"I don't think my teammates would ever expect me to do that," Sallie said. "I'm just a shooter."

Take away Sallie's 10-for-15 shooting from the arc and Memphis was one for 13 from distance.

"We had to have a guy get 35 for us to win the game," Memphis coach John Calipari said.

The game was descending into an embarrassing loss similar last year's national championship meltdown against Kansas. Northridge played without its two leading scorers, not including coach Bobby Braswell's son who has been charged with felony burglary back in California. Nine transfers populated the roster.

"They weren't afraid, they punched us in the mouth," Memphis' Antonio Anderson said.

As the potential for an upset kept building, the Sprint Center crowd got behind the Matadors. Mark Hill's up-and-under scoop gave the Matadors a three-point lead with nine minutes left. A lot of that crowd were Kansas fans who bought tickets anticipating the Jayhawks being in Kansas City. The Kansas fans who didn't sell their tickets saw a familiar scene playing out.

Memphis led by four with 2:12 left. The Tigers let a nine-point lead get away with that much time left in last year's national championship game.

"It was a gut game for us," Memphis coach John Calipari said. "We've had a lot of those over the last 61."

Calipari was referring to Memphis' 61-game Conference USA winning streak. This is the Big Dance, though, where the Tigers are trying to redeem last year's loss in San Antonio.

As for Sallie, the Sacramento, Calif. product came from the City College of San Francisco after being recruited by Nebraska. The "u" in the middle, applied by Sallie's mother, "gave me my uniqueness," he said. The Matadors seemed to ignore the 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard for most of the game. Bad move. Calipari stood behind Sallie the other day at practice and watched him make 14 consecutive 3s.

"He had it in him all year," Anderson said.



Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2009 11:17 pm

Memphis over Northridge

So, do you share the same sentiments regarding Pittsburg, Villanova, Wake Forest and Louisville's struggles?  If I followed the same erroneous logic, I'd now be a Big East or ACC hater, but I know better.  Because I've followed basketball for more than five minutes, I know not to make hasty, emotion-based generalizations.

So, not under a metaphorical rock, I'm curious as to what you have to say to this.  I look forward to your response :)

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2009 9:23 pm

Memphis over Northridge

And this website sucks for not having an editing feature. I hope Dodd and Goodman for Fox Sports get downsized

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2009 9:21 pm

Memphis over Northridge

 Not to mention as of Friday night, it looks like other teams did worse than Mempihs. West Virginia didnt even get out of round 1. Pittsburgh barely beat ETSU and Morehead state is giving "MORE" than Louisville can handle right now.

Hows soft now you wu55ies!! The Big Piece fans said they were going to win by 50 and show the CUSA how real seeds play.

You were all wrong, you were all too arrogant, and know I am right and no matter who wins. You were all wrong on round one routes and how a conference wont like the Big Piece wont allow a team to succumb and barely win like Memphis.



Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2009 5:56 pm

Memphis over Northridge

the Kansas crowd was against Memphis from the opening tip off. I was there for all 4 games and that was the only game where the Kansas fans blatently cheered against a team.

it felt like an away game for us.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2009 10:34 am

Memphis over Northridge

Your team is lucky to be playing another game Nova boy. 

 If America had of made a few more shots you and your "Brilliant Coach" would be sent home packing. Oh I'm sorry, you are at home...

I guess playing in that tough conference really had you all prepared. It showed!

BTW, We didnt care if we were 1,2 or 3. We know you still have to play the games.

Please keep your idiot rants to a minimum. Thanks


Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2009 10:32 am

Memphis over Northridge

So getting to the national championship game was a complete abberation. You sir, have the the IQ of a garden pest.

The reason CSN didnt have another decent scorer is beacuse they are all in prison or out getting themselves in harms way.

Why dont you go ahead and be a complete a55hole and say that winning 61 conf games in a row is weak, even though when Kentucky did it, they played against all white guys, and when UCLA had theirs they PAC 10 was about as competitive as your desire to be a flaming tool.  

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: March 19, 2009 10:22 pm

Memphis over Northridge

You should have waited until after your game before you posted such BS and you wouldn't look as foolish as you do now- American gave you all you could handle front of a home crowd- looks like you should crawl under a rock..

just another nova fan that's still po'd about Tyreke Evans going to guys are pitiful. I see your tough conference schedule prepared you for a 3rd round exit last year and a FIRST round exit the year before..




Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: March 19, 2009 9:49 pm

Memphis over Northridge

That's Larry Kenon, not "Keenan" You seem to relish in Memphis discomfort, at least get the names right. Memphis has about six players who might get 25 on a given night, and I wish there was some way to get Kansas again. Northridge played well. Congrats to them. Get used to seeing Memphis instead of Kansas - have you checked the recruits from the 2009 class? Go Tigers!


Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: March 19, 2009 9:43 pm

Memphis over Northridge

The game was descending into an embarrassing loss similar last year's national championship meltdown against Kansas.


That is retarded. You are retarded.




Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: March 19, 2009 9:26 pm

Memphis over Northridge



It looks like Memphis played about as poorly as Villanova did.

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