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This week you will find where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as well as an update on the state of our beloved basketball teams.
Food and Entertainment (St. Patrick’s Day Edition)
Breakaway Running St Patty’s Pub Run
To get an early start on the weekend festivities and also get a sweat in, rally some friends together and take part in the annual St. Patty’s pub run that takes place in Midtown and is sponsored by Breakaway running. This 3-stop jog is a good time that kicks off an awesome weekend of basketball and fellowship with friends.
South Main Bar Crawl
If you can’t make it out on Thursday, fear not. Our friends near South Main have you covered. Loflin Yard, Carolina Watershed, Ghost River Brewing, and Dirty Crow Inn have all teamed up again to offer you a solid slate of Saturday activities.
More things to do: Crosstown Brewing Company and Maciels Tacos and Tortas
Memphis Tigers Basketball
The last few weeks in the life of the University of Memphis Basketball program have been an emotional roller coaster for fans, media, and twitter trolls alike.
Over the weekend, Memphis participated in the American Athletic Conference tournament. They went into the tournament riding on a high that can only come with redemption. This redemption was earned at the end of the regular season as the Tigers avenged themselves against conference foe ECU by defeating the Pirates by 20 points at home in Memphis. Kareem Brewton and Mike Parks led the Tigers to victory as they scored a combined 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.
Going into the conference tournament, there were low expectations for the team. The only way for Memphis to make the NCAA tournament was to defy all odds and likely have to win two games in a row against some combination of two of the top three teams; teams against which they earned a record of 1-3 against during regular season play.
With the 5th seed, Memphis failed to earn a first round bye and faced South Florida for the third time this season. Led by Keyvon Davenport’s 27 points, the Tigers were able to hold on and earn the victory 79-77, despite squandering a 9 point first half lead. We witnesses another solid game by Kareem Brewton, who scored 12 points. Brewton has stepped up since the injury to guard Jeremiah Martin, scoring in double figures in three of four games since the star guard went down.
Following their victory against South Florida, the Tigers squared up against the 4th seed Tulsa Hurricane. Beginning to end, this was one of the most exciting games of the season. Memphis led by 1 at the half, 26-25. At the end of the game, four Tigers had scored in double figures and the team shot 50% from the field. In addition, they also won the battle on the boards 31-29. Tulsa shot a miserable 55% from the charity stripe and did not capitalize on their 29 attempts.
The entire game against Tulsa, Memphis fans everywhere were wondering: would this be the end? Will this be Tubby’s last act? With 3.5 seconds left and the game tied, with the length of the floor to go, Kareem Brewton saved the day for the Tigers (and extended Tubby’s Memphis career).
WE ARE NOT WORTHY. pic.twitter.com/nknjkUJ3GN
— Barstool Memphis (@stoolmemphis) March 9, 2018
Observations on the last play vs Tulsa:
- Not to take anything away from Brewton…but what kind of defense is that? How do you let a guy go the whole court in less than four seconds without someone stopping the ball, making him change direction, or contesting the shot.
- That was an awesome shot. It looked like something Steph Curry probably practices in warmups (and shoots 70%)
Regardless, it was an exciting moment for the team, coaching staff, and fans.
In the semi-final game against top seed Cincinnati, the Tigers looked good…for a half. Up 13 at half, Memphis quickly lost steam after the break. Errant passes were thrown, shots were short, bad things happened. Memphis only scored 18 in the second half and Cincy went on to win 70-60. Not too much else to report there. Memphis faithful can finally take a breath and look towards the future… right? Please, University of Memphis administration (and boosters), make the right decision.
Now comes the fun part.
The #TubbyTimeline in tweets:
Tubby fights for his job (lol).
Asked Tubby Smith if he thought he coached his last game at Memphis today. His answer: "Who knows"
— Mark Giannotto (@mgiannotto) March 10, 2018
Tubby’s attorney throws shots at Penny, Memphis Admin, Memphis local media.
Oh, boy. Tubby Smith's attorney takes shots at Penny Hardaway and Memphis administration. Not sure this helps his client: https://t.co/8RwZKiBOAQ
— Geoff Calkins (@geoff_calkins) March 10, 2018
Memphis fans start to lose their minds.
— Greg Childers (@gregorychilders) March 11, 2018
Stay tuned to The BarnBurner for any fun and interesting updates on the Memphis coaching saga (we want Penny).
— COACH PENNY (@TheBarnChief) March 7, 2018
All quiet on the NBA front in Memphis right now. The team continues to lose (win) and now sits in sole possession of last place in the NBA. The Grizzlies are riding a 17 game losing streak and this could easily become 18 on Monday against the competitive Bucks.
On your calendar, circle the game on Wednesday against the Bulls. This will be a big tank game for both squads.
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