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Although Memphis has a game against a highly ranked powerhouse looming, facing a team that received only two votes in the latest AP poll may be just as dangerous.
The 21st-ranked Tigers look to survive their first test of the week Sunday when they host Murray State, which is looking to open 10-0 for the first time in 60 years.
Since losing two of three games at the Maui Invitational, Memphis (5-2) has reeled off three consecutive victories. In Tuesday's 71-54 win at Miami, the Tigers overcame a 1-of-12 performance from 3-point range by finishing with 42 points in the paint.
Sophomore Will Barton had career highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds, and converted three of Memphis' four alley-oop dunks.
"As long as they keep converting them, keep throwing them," coach Josh Pastner said.
Barton is one of the most explosive players in the country, averaging team highs of 19.4 points and 8.0 boards, and is part of a three-guard lineup with Joe Jackson and Chris Crawford. ...
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It's one thing to say you're the leader. It's another to back it up. University of Memphis sophomore guard Will Barton has done the latter.
I sat for a few minutes yesterday and pinched myself. I just wanted to confirm that the University of Memphis did indeed make a positive move related to its football program.
Memphis began playing college football in 1912 under the pseudonym West Tennessee State Normal School. Its first game versus Memphis University School perfectly foreshadowed a nearly century-long struggle...
There are two words that the Memphis Tigers do not want to hear these, somewhat, low days, "John Calipari." Well, the Tigers PA announcer failed his job on Sunday when Memphis was preparing to start their home game against Murray State when he forgot that Josh Pastner is the guy standing a few feet away from him. Not John Calipari.
New University of Memphis football coach Justin Fuente said Sunday he is in the process of putting together his first staff, one that will include several members of the previous staff and a newcomer.
Three University of Memphis women's soccer players -- defender Lizzy Simonin, goalkeeper Elise Kuhar-Pitters and forward Christabel Oduro -- were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America teams announced Friday, and Mark Sherrod earned a spot on the NSCAA men's All-America third team.
Freshman Ann Jones had already heard from University of Memphis coach Melissa McFerrin and assistant Brett Schneider that she needed to be more aggressive offensively.
At 9-0 and tied for its best start under a first-year coach, Murray State enters today's 5 p.m. contest against No. 21-ranked Memphis (5-2) at FedExForum as one of only nine Division 1 teams still undefeated.
Dec 11, 6:00 PM | FedExForum
Murray State Racers vs Memphis Tigers Odds
Murray State travels to Memphis on Sunday, hoping to boost its 9-0 record with a victory over the Tigers.
The Tigers sit at 5-2 (3-3 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Racers are currently 9-0 (4-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Memphis is 4-1-1 OU, and Murray State is 3-3 OU.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Despite a furious comeback attempt in the final two minutes, No. 21/20 Memphis dropped a non-conference tilt against Murray State, 76-72. Will Barton scored a career-high-tying 27 points, on 10-of-13 (76.9 percent) shooting, in the loss.