UConn embarrasses Tigers on home court

American Conference Tigers

Memphis, TN-The 19th ranked Tigers played like a visitor on their home court on Thursday in a 72-53 loss to number 21 UConn in a quarterfinal game of the American Conference Tournament at FedEx Forum.

As a lower seed the Tigers wore their blue road uniforms.  Memphis barely got two players in double figures, Joe Jackson and Chris Crawford each finishing with ten points as the Tigers shot just 26 percent from the floor.

Niels Giffey scored a career-high 24 points to lead UConn, including six three-pointers, as the Huskies beat Memphis for the third time in as many tries this season.

UConn will play top seeded Cincinnati in Friday’s quarterfinals.  Memphis falls to 23-9 and waits for the NCAA Tournament selection show on Sunday.

No. 4 UConn 72, No. 5 Memphis 53

Records: UConn 25-7, Memphis 23-9

UConn advances to the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Championship, where they will face No. 1 Cincinnati. That game will be at 8 p.m. (CT) on Friday on ESPN2. During the regular season, the teams split two games, with the home team winning each matchup.
UConn beat Memphis for the third time this season, and dealt the Tigers two of their three losses this season at FedExForum.
The Huskies’ Niels Giffey scored a career high 24 points, surpassing his previous high of 16. Giffey led the Huskies with a career high nine rebounds, the first time this season he was the solo rebounding leader for the Huskies. He made six three-pointers, also a career high mark.
UConn’s Shabazz Napier moved into 6th place on UConn’s all-time scoring list and fourth in UConn history in three-pointers made.
UConn shot 50 percent from 3-point distance, reaching that mark for the seventh time this season.
Four players scored in double digits for UConn.
The Huskies held Memphis to a season low .264 field goal percentage.
UConn’s Amida Brimah recorded a career high three assists.

 

 

6 comments

  • Thomas H. Evans

    Arthur, you said it! I know people get mad when you tell the truth about this team (You Can’ Handle the Truth), but this is team is really little better than a group of guys who get together on the school yard for a good pick up game. When are they going to learn that the game is not over after the first two slam dunks or behind your back passes; the game isn’t over until the final whistle is blown. I know people love their Tigers, but the Tigers must first learn how to play the game.

  • Thomas H. Evans

    Arthur, you said it! I know people get mad when you tell the truth about this team (You Can’ Handle the Truth), but this team is really little better than a group of guys who get together on the school yard for a good pick up game. When are they going to learn that the game is not over after the first two slam dunks or behind your back passes; the game isn’t over until the final whistle is blown. I know people love their Tigers, but the Tigers must first learn how to play the game.

  • TigreNoir

    If the Tigers are going to recruit mostly prima donnas they should have a very strong coaching staff. The players are blamed for the loss but they went into the gunfight with a knife – UConn showed up with an Ak-47. The Tiger defense was poor because defensive positioning must be coached and the players knew nothing about communicating and making adjustments. The Tigers relied on athletic talent rather than basketball IQ and that has been the case for several years. Memphis breeds the best basketball athletes in the world, but they must leave town in order to develop a basketball IQ. Throw a ball into the air…every coach on the Tiger bench will watch it go up and come done – who is watching the enemy sneak behind the defense?

  • King Willie

    Pitiful, disgraceful, disgusting, as bad as the Rutgers performance I sat thru yesterday. Left with 7 minutes in the game because I was throwing up in my mouth! Humiliating to every Tiger fan. Coach P, perhaps you should do more than clap, what do you think? Plan A, 3 senior guards, Plan B, 4 senior guards. JJ, King of Memfo – naw, just the Queen of Brooks Road, horrific performance by all. Congratulations!

    • TigreNoir

      Yea, and next season Coach P will blame it on being in a rebuilding year.Coach P has used up his grace period – it is time for him to produce or follow his mentor to Kentucky.

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