Tigers, Minus Dozier, Tame Mustangs 

The top-ranked Memphis Tigers improved to 22-0 with a fairly routine 77-48 victory over the SMU Mustangs Wednesday night, the team's 45th consecutive win at FedExForum. The Tigers were led by Andre Allen off the bench, who scored a career-high 19 points in front of a crowd numbering 16,844. The team's top scorer, Chris Douglas-Roberts, sat out the second half with what was identified as a bad cold.

On the mind of coach John Calipari after the game, though, were allegations in a police report that Tiger forward Robert Dozier was involved in a downtown altercation in the early-morning hours of February 3rd. The junior forward, who had started all 19 games he'd played in this season, sat on the bench the entire 40 minutes of play.

"It just shows you that good kids do stupid things too," said Calipari to open his postgame remarks. "I'm going to figure out where we go from here. I'm disappointed. But when you sit back and look at your own children, you realize, boy, they do dumb things. They think they're bullet-proof, they think they're invisible. Hopefully it's a situation where he learns.

"I’ll be firm and fair," Calipari continued, "like I am with all of these situations. It's hard for these kids to understand that they're all tied as one. When one of them screws up, it's ugly for everybody. He has a tough row to hoe if he's going to stay on this team. But I will not throw these kids under the bus. I treat them like they're my own sons, or their your sons. These kids are targets in this town. Right now, we’ve got the microscope on us. We're the number-one team in the country."

The notoriously soft-spoken Dozier made a public statement that preceded Calipari's press conference: "I just want to apologize for any misconceptions about our university. I want to apologize to my fans, my teammates, and the coaching staff for what's happened. Whatever ends up happening in the end, this won’t happen again."

--Frank Murtaugh


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