Memphis, Tennesse: home of Elvis, barbeque, and a pretty little disregard for standard laws regarding alcoholic consumption.
Quick digressional story on Memphis: La Rev Commenter Ro-& and I were in Memphis for the Zags’ 2001 first two games, including Calvary’s tip-in against Virginia. Apparently Memphis thinks it’s Canada, because we were both in our teens at the time, and we both were allowed to drink, both at bars and while walking around town. Cops were actually walking up to us, asking if we wanted a refill*. Any town with that kind of spirit is ok in my book.
Ok, so apparently, the Zags have a game tomorrow. First I’ve heard of it, but Iguess Memphis is the top-ranked team in the country. Weird.
I think most Zag fans are already calling this one a blowout. Maybe, maybe not, but I do know that last year’s less talented GU team took last year’s a little less talented Memphis team to OT, and nearly (and probably should have) won at the end. From last year’s game, add Heytvelt, Gray, Daye, and John Rambo (more on him in a little bit) to the Zags, and Derrick Rose to Memphis. What does all this mean? Nothing, but I’ll take my chances with thinking the Zags have more than a decent shot to pull of an upset.
Memphis looked very, very good in demoralizing Georgetown, and have spent pretty much every waking hour since destroying the Conference USA. This matchup makes so much sense for both teams, what with both of their conferences generally wasting space. As Eric Angevine from Storming the Floor said over at Deadspin today, “Hand it to the Zags, they’ll play anybody, anywhere.” Yeah, but somehow I don’t think Coach Few had it in mind to play 1990 UNLV. No Stacey Augmon here, but the Tigers do have Joey Dorsey, who has two things going for him in the “This Guy Would Probably Bite Off Your Head Just So He Could Drink Your Spinal Fluid” contest. First, his name is Joey, which, if you remember, was also what noted psychopath Albert Belle once went by. Second, he’s from Baltimore, which is, if you’ve never been, scary.
So what’s going to happen tomorrow? Memphis probably has the edge in every single category, and I would have to say this GU team has not yet shown any of the toughness that they did last year. But still…if a team with Pendo and Pargo can get the rest of the guys to tough it up, anything can happen.
PS- Memphis wins by 60. Give or take.
*May not have happened