More Tiger Bait On Season's Second Night

By Josh Herwitt - November 06, 2007

Welcome to Night #2 of the 2007-08 college basketball season.

After seeing third-ranked Memphis run all over Tennessee-Martin in the first round of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic last night, the second round of games at the Memphis Regional begins tonight with the host Tigers facing off against Atlantic 10 foe Richmond.

The Spiders are coming off a 44-42 win Monday afternoon over Maine, who almost won at the buzzer on a half-court shot from Mark Socoby that rimmed out, but they'll have their hands full in matching Memphis' athleticism and overall depth.

With Joey Dorsey sitting out last night, the Tigers got a major boost from freshmen phenom Derrick Rose, who showed in his first-ever collegiate game just how talented he is with a well-rounded performance of 17 points, six rebounds and five assists.

"When we were dying, he [Rose] scored," Memphis coach John Calipari said last night. "We were dying, he blocks a shot. We were dying, he goes in there and makes a play."

Preseason All-American Chris Douglas-Roberts paced Memphis with 28 points to go along with eight rebounds, but the story last night was certainly Rose, who will need to be the sparkplug again with Dorsey sitting tonight out as well.

"He does things that a lot of people haven't seen," Douglas-Roberts said of his backcourt mate. "He deserves all the credit. It's crazy to think that was his first game."

Richmond will need an even better game from David Gonzalvez, the team's leading scorer last night who hit 3-of-4 three-pointers to finish with 15 points and four rebounds against Maine.

The winner of tonight's game between the Tigers and Spiders will head to New York City next week to play under the lights of the world famous Madison Square Garden with the semifinals set for Nov. 15 and the championship game to be played the following night. The winner of the Memphis Regional will face the winner of the Norman Regional, where action begins Thursday as Oklahoma takes on San Francisco and Denver faces East Central Oklahoma.

Meanwhile, Tuesday also brings the first round of games from the Lexington Regional, with the opening game pinning Alabama A&M against Gardner Webb at 4 p.m. ET.

But there's a lot more buzz around the second game of the doubleheader, where No. 20 Kentucky hosts Central Arkansas at the Wildcats' Rupp Arena at 7 p.m. And in what will be Billy Gillispie's first game as Kentucky's head coach, there's sure to be a packed house on hand.

After all, we are talking about Lexington, remember...

Posted by Josh Herwitt at 09:16 AM on November 06, 2007
Comments (1)


I'm so tired of hearing how Memphis is going to plow down everyone this year. First of all, being in the C-USA isn't going to help anything. Secondly, all these games that the crooked Calipari scheduled that are supposed to be "top-notch" teams are all at the FedEx Forum. I hope they fall flat on their faces because Dorsey really gets under your skin with the way he talks. Come to the ACC and see how a REAL conference should be.

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