Posted on: February 24, 2008 9:57 am

I watched the game last night

For that to be a potential one for the books an instant classic, it really looked like a game of indoor street scrap ball to me. Memphis had to call a time out within the first 35 seconds of the game. Good move on Coach Calipari's part, as the team drained three's after that. But over all, a game that is between the #1 and #2 team's in the nation, especially this late in the season, I anticipate and expect better ball movement and better play making. I just did not see it in either team.  I was simply not impressed, and neither team to me looked like a number one caliber team. Go ahead shoot me down, I do not really care, we are approaching the wrap up of the regular season, Memphis was undefeated going into this match-up, Tennessee had only two losses...I expected  a lot more and got a lot less.

I am sure Tennessee will shoot up to the number one slot, but it will be short lived. Expect both Memphis and Kansas to fall this week with their losses.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 21, 2008 5:42 pm

Basketball and the state of Tennessee

Okay basketball fans, huge match-up this weekend #2 Tennessee Volunteers traveling to in state rival #1 Memphis Tigers. I put in that previous statement rival, because if they aren't rivals now, they will be after a #1 & #2 match-up, as UT has always been the big dog (Smokey forgive the pun) in the state of Tennessee. Memphis, however has been steadily climbing the ladder to college basketball in recent years. The Tigers are 26-0 and the Volunteers are 24-2 with their only losses coming against Kentucky by 6 in January, and went into Texas in late November and was convincingly beaten.

Now with that being said, let us now talk about conference strength, Memphis plays in the CUSA, which is not nearly as strong as the SEC in which Tennessee plays. Both team's have rather good coaches. In no way, am I trying to knock the CUSA, you merely need to look at all the rating parameters to confirm this.

Now, when UNC was #1 and got knocked off by Maryland in January, a thread was posted on the CBB board which proclaimed that the state of Tennessee was the new mecca for college basketball.  This thread got everyone in an uproar, because in order to be a mecca, don't you think there would have to be one perhaps maybe two recently won National Championships in the state (not belittling the Lady Vols, we are talking Men's Hoops), and last time I checked, um there are none. Come and talk to me in a few years time as to where the "new mecca of Basketball" is.

I personally think it is great that the top 20 has shifted and there are new team's in the rankings, that is what makes this sport so much fun to watch and follow.
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