Mark Wiedmer: Memphis-UT basketball series too good to end

Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin talks with a referee during the game against Memphis at Thompson-Boling Arena, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin talks with a referee during the game against Memphis at Thompson-Boling Arena, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

KNOXVILLE — Thompson-Boling Arena was rocking Friday night. For a nonconference basketball game. With the opportunity to have stayed home to watch Johnny Football and his Texas A&M Aggie teammates run roughshod over Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl.

Never mind that Tennessee ultimately lost its third straight game to in-state rival Memphis by an 85-80 final score.

Or that the terrific Tigers led by as many as 21 at one point in the second half.

As Memphis guard Joe Jackson -- he of the 20 points, seven assists and four steals -- said afterward, "This game will get you fired up."

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askjeff writes:

Give Memphis what they want. Cancel the series buyout the one remaining football game. Play a home game at Fed Ex Forum against Ole Miss, Arkansas or Mizzou every year. Let these Memphis kids see all the orange in their hometown.

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

If UT is continuing this series in Bball CCM is going to have to recruit much better. It was obvious the talent, atheletic ability of these two teams. Great effort by McCrae and Richardson down the stretch but Memphis was a better team. It benefits UT playing them as oppose to Memphis having them on the schedule.

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

OMG! tiger high won a game in Knoxville! The Vols will never get another bball recruit from East Tennessee ever again! See how stupid that sounds little josh. Drop this junior college and let little josh play with himself.

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