Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Almost a week has past since I saw my illustrious University of Memphis Tigers get robbed at New York’s Madison Square Garden when the played Duke. I don’t know if any of yall saw the game, but my boys put it down and were clearly the better team. Sure, the top-ranked Blue Devils came in not looking as if the were the best team in the country. Especially after their showing against Drexel.
However, they did win both games. The Memphis game was a bit different. Memphis dominated the Dukies and were clearly killing them on the boards. Making all of this worse was the incessant praise offered to Duke by one Dick Vitale. He never seemed to mention the tigers or point out the serious differences inn the manner in which fouls were called against Memphis in comparison to Duke. He even went as far to suggest that the Duke team was being beat up when in fact it was the other way around. The two most important plays were a messed up out of bounds call that gave Duke the ball that resulted in a 3 point shot hit by Dockery hit a from the corner to make it 67-63 1:07 to play. The next was a no call, which via replay showed Sheldon Williams tipping in a drive by Dockery in which the ball was still in the cylinder.
I hate Duke with a passion. However, I was impressed with the no quit attitude of my Tigers and the manner in which Rodney Carney held the all-American Teuton, J. J. Riddick to no points in the second half. WE out rebounded Duke on the offensive end 16 to 8 and but had two of our big men hampered with fouls before the 10 minute mark of the first half. Then there were the other small things, the tripping, or better yet rolling block thrown on Tiger guard Andre Allen – another no call, and the fouls not called against Duke when Shawne Williams took a lay up to the goal and resulted in him falling to the floor and having a foul called on him.