Originally posted on Fox Sports Tennessee  |  Last updated 11/22/11
By KATE HEDLIN Memphis guard Will Barton said his team felt "disrespected" by people who believed it was ranked too high, but after a tough loss, the Tigers are going to have to work even harder to disprove their detractors. Memphis and Tennessee will showcase their in-state rivalry in the consolation round of the Maui Invitational on Tuesday. The eighth-ranked Tigers and Volunteers are scheduled to meet Jan. 4 in Memphis, but they are facing off earlier than expected after Memphis (1-1) suffered a 73-61 loss to No. 15 Michigan on Monday. The Tigers' veteran lineup struggled as Barton was held to nine points while Tarik Black, Wesley Witherspoon and Joe Jackson each scored seven. The four combined to shoot 8 for 28 (28.6 percent) while the Tigers finished at 33.3 percent. Memphis trailed by as many as 15 in the second half and couldn't get the deficit to single digits in the final 4:10. "We chipped away," coach Josh Pastner said. "They hit some big shots in the second half, an...
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