Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Memphis Tigers vs. Central Arkansas (FEF, 7 pm)

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Alert, Tiger Nation: the U of M has never beaten tonight's opponent. Of course, in 1924, UCA was known as Arkansas Normal when they beat West Tennessee State Normal School, 25-11. Then in 1940 it was Arkansas Teachers College 38, West Tennessee State Teachers College 29.

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Well you can throw those losses out, Tiger fans! And count on considerably more offense tonight when Memphis looks to build its first winning streak of the young season. The Bears, it should be noted, lost to Tennessee Tech (last Friday's Tiger opponent), 71-67, on November 16th. They lost to Kansas on November 19th by the tidy score of 94-44. Members of the Southland Conference, Central Arkansas went 10-19 last season.

• After the win over Tennessee Tech, I asked Tiger center Will Coleman about the secret to staying out of foul trouble. "Getting extra time with the coaching staff helps a lot," he said. "It's important to stay sound and disciplined. I have to time shots as it leaves a player's hand, and be quick enough to get to the ball. It's about being sound and watching the ball."

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