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Memphis proved it can't shoot great forever

Posted on: February 24, 2008 2:23 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2008 2:34 pm
 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- You know when I figured Memphis would lose to Tennessee?

When the Tigers were leading at halftime.

Memphis was up 35-34 at the break, and so the locals were thrilled. But the problem for the Tigers was that they needed to sink eight 3-point attempts to gain that slim advantage, and anybody who has watched this team routinely miss shots -- Memphis ranks 227th nationally in 3-point shooting percentage -- knew that pace would fall off eventually, and by eventually I mean drastically.

"They can't beat us from three all night," UT coach Bruce Pearl told ESPN's Erin Andrews at halftime. "They just can't."

What came next was predictable.

Memphis took seven 3-pointers in the second half and made exactly zero.

In other words, a really bad 3-point shooting team started shooting 3-pointers really badly.

And that's why the Tigers are gonna go from being the top-ranked team in the country to the second-ranked team in the state.
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Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2008 6:18 pm
 

Memphis proved it can't shoot great forever

Gary,

Please check Memphis 3 point stats again.  I believe they were 7-11 in the first half and 1-17 in the second half.  I am sure they shot a total of 28 and don't think the were 8-20 in the first half.  Please do a little research.  Thanks



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Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2008 1:44 pm
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Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2008 9:34 am
 

Memphis proved it can't shoot great forever

I'm not so sure Tennessee's command in the rebounding and point in the paint was a surprise.  Memphis outrebounding its opponents substantially is biased because of playing in Conference USA.  While the SEC is down a bit this year, TN is still playing much stronger competition and does not show on paper some of the stats Memphis does.  But it's not comparing apples to apples by late February even if you were comparing TN to UNC in the ACC, much less Memphis in Conf USA. 



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2008 7:23 pm
 

Memphis proved it can't shoot great forever

It was the same way for Butler.



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2008 4:11 pm
 

Memphis proved it can't shoot great forever

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- You know when I figured Memphis would lose to Tennessee?

When the Tigers were leading at halftime
Memphis was up 35-34 at the break, and so the locals were thrilled. But the problem for the Tigers was that they needed to sink eight 3-point attempts to gain that slim advantage, and anybody who has watched this team routinely miss shots -- Memphis ranks 227th nationally in 3-point shooting percentage -- knew that pace would fall off eventually, and by eventually I mean drastically.
Is this when you decide who is gonna win games????  At halftime???  this is ridiculous..........are you really getting paid for these blogs???? Is this really the best CBS can do???? Well I guess there is one similarity here...... I knew this little blog was a bunch of crap when I was about halfway finished with it.........Memphis doesnt shoot the ball well from 3. This is true. However, IF you have watched Memphis play regularly, you know they are always going to fight to the end with the type of defense they play. Shooting the ball 38% from the field, 47% from the free throw line and getting out-rebounded by 15 (not typical)  and the Memphis tigers are winning with less than a minute left. I dont think you can ever count this team out at halftime Mr Parrish. Its to bad John Calipari doesnt like you. However, based on your biased blogs, if they are any indication as to what your like in person. I could hardly blame him.






Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2008 4:02 pm
 

Memphis proved it can't shoot great forever

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- You know when I figured Memphis would lose to Tennessee?

When the Tigers were leading at halftime
Memphis was up 35-34 at the break, and so the locals were thrilled. But the problem for the Tigers was that they needed to sink eight 3-point attempts to gain that slim advantage, and anybody who has watched this team routinely miss shots -- Memphis ranks 227th nationally in 3-point shooting percentage -- knew that pace would fall off eventually, and by eventually I mean drastically.
Is this when you decide who is gonna win games????  At halftime???  this is ridiculous..........are you really getting paid for these blogs???? Is this really the best CBS can do???? Well I guess there is one similarity here...... I knew this little blog was a bunch of crap when I was about halfway finished with it.........Memphis doesnt shoot the ball well from 3. This is true. However, IF you have watched Memphis play regularly, you know they are always going to fight to the end with the type of defense they play. Shooting the ball 38% from the field, 47% from the free throw line and getting out-rebounded by 15 (not typical)  and the Memphis tigers are winning with less than a minute left. I dont think you can ever count this team out at halftime Mr Parrish. Its to bad John Calipari doesnt like you. However, based on your biased blogs, if they are any indication as to what your like in person. I could hardly blame him.



Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2008 3:49 pm
 

Memphis proved it can't shoot great forever

Any ideas on how much Coach Pearls" 2-3 zone defense had with Memphis taking so many threes? 

Also, think another positive thing for Tennessee during the game was their rebounds and points in the paint which were somewhat unexpected.  Obviously Memphis listened to all the reports that said only way Tennessee would win was for Lofton to have a great night shooting.

All this being said the game was a scrappy, hard fought, intense game on both sides.




Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2008 3:38 pm
 

Memphis proved it can't shoot great forever

Nailed it.  Hey...at least we didn't hit anybody...like you predicted on the radio.  As a matter of fact...we didn't hit much.  Dorsey was ineffective and CDR needed to be more involved.  Could be a good thing I guess.


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