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Posted February 7, 2014

TIGERS GET READY FOR STRETCH RUN

 

By William M. Larsha, Jr., Columnist/Sports Reporter

The Mid-South Tribune and the Black Information Highway
 

MEMPHIS, TN- With 9 regular season games remaining in the 2013-14 season, the University of Memphis Tigers hold a record of 16-5 overall and 6-3 in the conference in the first year of the all new American Athletic Conference. As expected, the new conference offers much stiffer competition than Conference USA which the Tigers left after last season. While many fans are not accustomed to conference losses, especially at home, the Tigers have not been as invincible as in years past. 

 

This season, the team has suffered two double digit home losses. In early January, the Tigers lost 69-53 to Cincinnati, who currently leads the league at 11-0 in the conference. Two weeks later, the team lost to nationally ranked Connecticut by a score of 83-73. Between those two losses though, the Tigers landed a big victory on the road at hated rival and defending national champion Louisville. That is life in a competitive league.

 

This past week, the Tigers lost at SMU, but came back home to blow out Rutgers 101-69. The team has a huge non conference match up with #25 Gonzaga on February 6, 2014 at FedEx Forum which will be nationally televised and have big implications on their seeding for the NCAA tournament.

 

The Tigers hope is to finish strong in its remaining games and get a good seed for the conference tournament which will be held in Memphis on March 12-15. The home court advantage should help the Tigers advance, and if they win the conference tournament, a high seed in the NCAA tournament will be expected. We will all be watching.