Thursday, July 29, 2010

TTT Answer

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 8:00 AM

DeAngelo Williams rushed for more than 200 yards in nine games over his last two seasons with the Tigers (2004-05). Before his arrival, how many times had a Memphis back gained 200 in a game?

Paul Skeeter Gowen
  • U of M Athletics
  • Paul "Skeeter" Gowen

• Dave Casinelli (210) in 1963
• Skeeter Gowen (260) in 1969
• Larry Porter (206) in 1990

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Lorenzen Wright (1975-2010)

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Heartbreak.

Only word that comes to mind since I learned the news of Lorenzen Wright's horrific death. Thirty-four years old is far too young to die under any circumstances, but as the result of multiple gunshot wounds in the city you called home? (Don't doubt that this is yet another black eye in the national view of Memphis, a city that can't get out of its own way — in the eyes of those well beyond Shelby County — when it comes to violence and corruption.)

Lorenzen Wright
  • Lorenzen Wright

The late Dennis Freeland wrote a touching profile of the player we knew as "Ren," a 1995 cover story in MEMPHIS magazine, just before Wright's sophomore (and final) season at the University of Memphis. The story leaned heavily on the basketball star's relationship with his wheelchair-bound father. Somehow, the bond between an athlete rising toward his prime and a father incapacitated only physically strengthened with every honor and achievement Lorenzen added to his resume.

A decade later, Wright and his family posed for the cover of MEMPHIS PARENT's "Family Survival Guide," still the only athlete to lend his time and image to the monthly magazine devoted to educating and improving the lives of local parents and children. The message was a good one in an age when pro athletes often find fatherhood a larger challenge than any uniformed opponent.

Wright endured the sudden death of an infant child not long after that appearance on MEMPHIS PARENT. His NBA career faded quicker than he would have liked (though it should be noted he played in more NBA games than any other former Memphis Tiger). Recent financial troubles had apparently squeezed Wright in much the same way so many Americans have suffered over the last two years. Only difference with a former NBA star is the number of zeroes lost on the balance sheet.

Who knows if money (lost or owed) played a role in Wright's violent demise? There will come a time when that detail matters. For now, it's only heartbreak. To the list of former Memphis basketball heroes who have found themselves on the wrong side of a gun — from Baskerville Holmes to Antonio Burks — we now have to add Lorenzen Wright.

You could hear Wright's scream of elation upon delivering a slam dunk from the cheap seats of The Pyramid during Ren's college days. He loved playing basketball, particularly in Memphis. He smiled easiest when he was on the basketball court. I'm going to remember that smile.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tiger Trivia Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 8:00 AM

DeAngelo Williams rushed for more than 200 yards in nine games over his last two seasons with the Tigers (2004-05). Before his arrival, how many times had a Memphis back gained 200 in a game?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

TTT Answer

Posted By on Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Only five Tigers have scored 30 points in an NCAA tournament game. Who were they?

Roburt Sallie
  • Larry Kuzniewski
  • Roburt Sallie


• Larry Kenon (34) against South Carolina in 1973
• Larry Finch (32) against Kansas State in 1973
• Mingo Johnson (32) against Arkansas in 1995
• Roburt Sallie (35) against CSU Northridge in 2009
• Tyreke Evans (33) against Missouri in 2009

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tiger Lineman Honored in C-USA Coaches Poll

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Senior offensive lineman Dominik Riley has been named to the preseason all-conference team in the annual Conference USA coaches poll. As one of five returning starters on new coach Larry Porter's offensive line, Riley will be counted upon as the U of M aims to replace its top running back and top two receivers from a year ago. (This is the second straight year Riley has earned preseason honors, though he's never been named to the postseason All-CUSA team.)

Senior Guard Dominik Riley
  • Carolyn Andros
  • Senior Guard Dominik Riley

The league's coaches had a no-brainer with their pick for Offensive Player of the Year: senior quarterback Case Keenum of Houston (the reigning OPOY). UCF defensive end Bruce Miller got the nod for Defensive Player of the Year.

Houston and UCF each have four players named to the all-league team.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tiger Trivia Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Only five Tigers have scored 30 points in an NCAA tournament game. Who were they?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

2010-11 Tiger Hoops Nonconference Schedule Announced

Posted By on Sat, Jul 17, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Biggest home game of the season, hands down, will be December 23rd.

• Nov. 12: Centenary
• Nov. 15: Miami (Fla.)
• Nov. 17: Northwestern State
• Nov. 21: LSU (at Tupelo)
• Nov. 23: UT-Martin
• Dec. 1: Arkansas State
• Dec. 4: Western Kentucky
• Dec. 7: Kansas (New York)
• Dec. 16: Austin Peay
• Dec. 20: Texas A & M-Corpus Christi
• Dec. 23: Georgetown
• Dec. 30: Lipscomb
• Jan. 2: Tennessee State
• Jan. 5: at Tennessee
• Feb. 5: at Gonzaga

Thursday, July 15, 2010

TTT Answer

Posted By on Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Come basketball season, the Tigers' Joe Jackson, Will Barton, and Jelan Kendrick will be among the leading contenders for Conference USA's Freshman of the Year award.

How many Tigers have won this honor (and how many can you name)?

Memphis has suited up six C-USA Freshman of the Year honorees.

Darius Washington
  • Joe Murphy
  • Darius Washington

• Dajuan Wagner (2002)
• Sean Banks (2004)
• Darius Washington (2005)
• Shawne Williams (2006)
• Derrick Rose (2008)
• Tyreke Evans (2009)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tiger Trivia Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Come basketball season, the Tigers' Joe Jackson, Will Barton, and Jelan Kendrick will be among the leading contenders for Conference USA's Freshman of the Year award.

How many Tigers have won this honor (and how many can you name)?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

TTT Answer

Posted By on Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Over the last 10 years (2000-09), the Tiger football team has hosted 63 games at the Liberty Bowl. How many of these games drew more than 40,000 fans?

Bonus question: How many of these games involved SEC teams?

Bonus question #2: How many of these games took place during the DeAngelo Williams Era (2002-05)?


The Tigers have drawn at least 40,000 fans for 15 games since the 2000 season. Six of these involved SEC teams (four against Ole Miss, two against Tennessee) and 10 of these were played with DeAngelo Williams on the field.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tiger Trivia Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Over the last 10 years (2000-09), the Tiger football team has hosted 63 games at the Liberty Bowl. How many of these games drew more than 40,000 fans?

Bonus question: How many of these games involved SEC teams?

Bonus question #2: How many of these games took place during the DeAngelo Williams Era (2002-05)?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

TTT Answer

Posted By on Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Six members of the 1984-85 Tiger basketball team that reached the Final Four were drafted by NBA teams (between 1985 and 1988). Name the players and the teams that picked them.

• Keith Lee, Chicago (1985)
• William Bedford, Phoenix (1986)
• Baskerville Holmes, Milwaukee (1986)
• Andre Turner, L.A. Lakers (1986)
• Vincent Askew, Philadelphia (1987)
• Dwight Boyd, Denver (1988)

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