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Recruits
 
PG Valder Greene, 6-0 HS Sr, Dawsonville, GA, 3.2 GPA (1040 SAT). 24.9 ppg, 11.1 apg, 8.0 rpg, 7.1 spg, 4.7 bpg. Outstanding scorer, passer, rebounder, shot blocker, stealing, outside shooter. Excellent ball handler and defender and strong athleticism. Hard worker who, while not a leader, doesn’t cause problems. Top 5 player at East Coast Jam Camp. Ranked 8th best in nation with Overall Rating of A. (And yes, we surreptitiously transferred the $10,000 to a clandestine bank account that Valder can access.)

C Joey Brown, 6-8 HS Sr, New Martinsville, WV, 2.8 GPS (1030 SAT). 21.3 ppg, 6.8 apg, 14.3 rpg, 5.5 spg, 2.6 bpg. Outstanding scorer, passer, rebounder, defender, and stealing. Strong athleticism. Top 10 player at Indy Elite Camp. Tremendous work ethic. Ranked 10th best in nation with Overall Rating of A.


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Year 2, Memphis Tigers
 
Last season we met all 5 goals (sign 4 star recruit, win 20+ games, win conference tournament, get to Sweet Sixteen, improve school prestige) this past season. Our goals for this year aren’t much different.

My 2nd assistant moved on to greener pastures, but I hired a replacement at the 2nd Assistant position who has excellent Player Development skills. His name is Evan Jackson. I also extended the contracts of Ray Schau, my 1st Assistant (recruiting) and Kelvin Chadwick, my 3rd Assistant (scouting). A little costly, but I think we can afford it. 

We still have $128,100 left for recruiting (and “whatever it takes”) this season. We will have 3 seniors graduating. Ray and I get together and decide that since it was so easy last year, we might as well go after the top dawgs with any and all ammunition we can fire at them. Hell, a bribe doesn’t cost us anything until the guy accepts our scholarship.

The list of the Top Recruiting Classes for last season comes out and we had the 4th best. Only Duke, Arizona and Wake Forest topped us. I think that if we’d had a 3rd scholarship to offer, we would have moved up a notch or two.

Looking over the team this year, we should be stronger than last year with the addition of freshman PG Valder Geene and freshman center Joey Brown. We’re weakest at SF, but we’ve got a couple big guards who can step in at the 3.

We blow $10K on the National Report and $5K on the Southeast Report. The basic reports are fine with me. No need wasting money on the gold reports...we may need the bucks for “other things”. We decide to go to the Indy Elite Camp...might as well check out the studs.

Reviewing the transfer pool, there are a couple very good transfer players who from Georgia Tech and Missouri who are sniffing us out plus there’s guy from Michigan we probably would have a chance at since we played the Wolverines last season. But we don’t have any vacant scholarships and I don’t really want to cut anybody plus I think we can get better with high school recruits this year than the available transfer players.

We have a bunch of players on our roster with GPA’s in the low 2’s, including last season’s ineligible player, Johnnie Campbell (now up to 2.2 GPA). My assistants think we should hire some tutors for some of these guys. But hey, they guys are big boys and should be able to take care of themselves, so no tutoring. I tell my assistants they just need to find out who the profs for our players are and let them know where their bread is buttered.


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Fall Recruiting
 
Recruiting Violations and Probations

The NCAA has not investigated our program.

One team was placed on probation though: Georgia Tech (no post-season tourneys for 2 years and no scholarships for 3 years).

Recruiting

We have 3 scholarships to offer this year.

A lot of Tennessee high schoolers are showing interest in us this season since we made it to the Sweet Sixteen last year. But most aren’t high enough rated for me to want. We put two of the better ones on our list, but even they probably won’t make the cut.

We add about 5 from the Southeast region...again not enough good players down here this year.

Looking over the international players, there’s a good PG, but hey, I got a superstar PG so decide to pass.

So we next look at the national crop. The #1 player in the nation already is showing interest in us, but he’s got a 2.1 GPA, so taking him would be a big risk since he likely won’t meet even our SAT minimums. We put him the list, though, and will get a little more information about him. We add most everyone in the top 25. Seems as though our academic standards (or lack thereof) attract a lot of the guys with GPA’s in the very low 2’s.

Since Dalron Jones will be graduating this year, I’d like to pick up a top-flight SG to replace him. Alternatively, Antonio Greer could take over his spot next season, but even though he’s a natural SG, Antonio is a bit smaller (at 6-0) than I’d like at the 2. I definitely want at least one talented big man, and maybe even two. But we probably should try to nail down a stellar SF with our 3rd scholarship.

Our ultimate goal is to fill all 3 of our scholarship with Top 10 recruits, but that may be more than we can do in our 2nd year. But they say, money talks.

Ray slips me the wrong list and I end up making some calls the first week of recruiting to a few guys outside the top 10. I ream Ray out, but hell, we have so many lists, that it’s easy to make a mistake. A couple of the top 10’s I get ahold of turn out to be from extremely wealthy families and I swear under my breath when I find that out from them.

After developing some interest, we were ready to put out our bait. So at the end of July and in early August, I made bribe offers to 13 players:

Name, ranking, relative family wealth--bribe--palyer's response and interest level (school they eventually chose)

Rowher,1, moderately poor--20K apt--No
Anderson,2, very poor -20K apt-No (Kentucky)
Mociler, 3, very poor-20K apt-tempting/factor in decision---interest immediately from + to +++. (NC)
Dudley, 4, fairly poor,-20K apt--tempting/factor in decision--interest immediately from + to +++ (Kansas)
Thurman, 11, very poor-no interest, 10K cash-No 
Manion,5, very wealthy, $10k cash,--No--went from + to - (Michigan St)
Robins,6,Fairly poor, $10K cash--tempting/factor in decision-interest immediately from + to +++ (UCLA)
Owens, 7, Pretty wealthy, $10K cash--Tempting/factor in decision, interest immediately from + to +++ (UCLA)
Alexander, 9, middle class, $5K hang with celebrity, tempting/factor in decision, immediately from + to ++ (Oklahoma)
Crispin, 10, lower middle class, $5K hang with school celebrity--tempting/factor in decision, immediately from + to ++ (Virginia)
Banks, 12, very poor, $5K hang with school celeb--No, Immediately form + to - (North Carolina)
Johnson,13, very wealthy, $5K, hang with school celeb-tempting/factor in decision, Immediately from + to ++ (Oregon)
Mickens, 14, fairly poor, $5k Hang with school celeb-no--immediately from + to - (Kentucky)

With each potential acceptance of a bribe by a player, that amount of $$ is deducted from budget...only to be reimbursed if that player doesn't sign with you...so we began running low in $$.

C Ruben Rowher, has been #1 or #2 ranked throughout recruiting. He is fantastic on the court (26 ppg, 16 rpg and a player with an excellent shot from both the inside and outside, a great passer, a dominant rebounder and defender and he has a tremendous work ethic. But...his GPA is 2.1 and it’s unlikely he will meet even our SAT minimums, so reluctantly we withhold an offer, even though we’re on the top of his list of school at which he’d like to play. Instead we make offers at the end of August to:

#3 SG Anderson—PT,--he chooses Kentucky
#5 C Dudley—he chooses Kansas
#9 C Alexander—he chooses Oklahoma

After they go elsewhere we make offers to:

#1 PG Mociler—PT,--he chooses NC
#8 PF Crispin—SP, CP—he chooses Virginia

When we lose out on those recruits, our sites come back to Ruben Rowher. Everyone has shied away from him because of his low GPA. Finally we decide to take a flyer and make an offer, realizing he very well not qualify academically. And he accepts in early October. And this guy wouldn't even accept our generous bribe!!! If he squeaks by with his SAT’s, it’s a coup. If not, it’s back to the drawing boards.

After a number of the players to whom we made bribes go elsewhere, that money is freed up so we make a second round of bribes to:

Williams, 44, poor, $5K school celeb—No (Gerogia)
Younger, 31, fairly poor, $10K cash—tempting/bribe will factor into decision (Connecticut)
Boone, 24, very poor, $10K—tempting/bribe will factor into decision (Arizona)

We then continue to offer scholarships and are continually rebuffed:

#31 PG Younger—PT—he chooses Connecticut
#44, SF Williams—Loc,---he chooses Georgia
#33, PG Camara—PT—he chooses Kansas
Int'l #46, Muge—SP—he chooses Arkansas
#24, C Boone—SP, Fac—he chooses Ariz
#61, PG Sankes—Loc—he chooses Ariz St.
#66, PG Forman—Loc—he chooses Depaul

What the hell? Do these guys not like money, is there no way to "persuade" them to give the finger to the elite schools, or are we just being outbribed by the elites?

Our recruiting efforts and our bribe offers have gone for naught. We were playing with the big boys and got our a$$e$ kicked. After the home visit period, we tuck our tails between our legs, add players to our watch list and decide to build interest through the winter and offer our two remaining scholarships in the spring. At least we will have a lot of bucks to throw around in the spring.

Top 10 Recruits—who got them

1. North Carolina
2. Memphis
3. Kentucky
4. UCLA
5. Oklahoma
6. Michigan State
7. Kansas
8. UCLA
9. Duke
10. Virginia


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Season 2 Player News
 
Norton Award:

3 players nominated for the Norton Award: SG Dalron Jones, C Joey Brown, and C Rob Ferguson

Starters at the beginning of season 2:

PG Valder Greene, 6-0 FR (3.5/4.5 stars) [High school senior last year]

SG Dalron Jones, 6-5 SR (4.5/4.5 stars) [20.2 ppg last year]

SF Johnnie Campbell, 6-5 JR (3.0/3.0 stars) [8.1 ppg last year]

PF Rob Ferguson, 6-8 SR (4.0/4.5 stars) [5.9 ppg last year]

C Joey Brown, 6-8 FR (4.5/4.5 stars) [High school senior last year]


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2nd Season, Games 1 thru 4
 
Game #1 @ Virginia: The lead flip flops throughout the 1st half, but we head to the locker room ahead 39-35. We draw away throughout the 2nd half by tightening our defense. We win our opener 75-58Dalron Jones picks up where he left off last season, scoring 29 points. Joey Brown has a great first collegiate game, hitting for 15 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Rob Ferguson tosses in 18 points while pulling down 8 boards. (1-0, Preseason #7 ranking)

Game #2, Hawaiian Shootout vs Pepperdine: We’re the #1 seed in the tourney. Since Valder Greene needs a bit more seasoning and experience running our sets, Antonio Greer will be starting at PG. We roll in the first half, clamping down defensively to take a 39-20 halftime lead. We win with ease 72-51Dalron Jones leads our scoring with 23 points. Joey Brown continues to dominate inside, scoring 17 and getting 17 rebounds. Rob Ferguson also gets a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. (2-0, Ranked #2, RPI: 13)

AwardsJoey Brown picked up both the American Athletic Conferences Player of the Week and Freshman Player of the Week awards.

Game #3, Hawaiian Shootout vs Clemson: We began pulling away late in the first half and left the court at intermission with a 42-30 lead. In the 2nd half, we expanded our lead to 22 and then coasted to a 72-56 victory, sending us to the Tournament Championship game. All 5 starters scored in double figures: Joey Brown with 15, Antonio Greer getting 13, Dalron Jones scoring 12, and Rob Ferguson and Johnnie Campbell both adding 10. Joey Brown had 9 rebounds and Rob Ferguson had 7. (3-0)

Game #4, Hawaiian Shootout Championship vs Duquesne: Our defense was stellar throughout the entire game. We led 40-25 at the half and finished with a 70-49 win taking theTournament ChampionshipDalron Jones led our scoring with 22 points and Rob Ferguson contributed 11. Joey Brown pulled down 9 rebounds. (4-0)


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Season 2, Games 5 through 8
 
Game #5, Akron: Another defensive gem. We take a 30-21 halftime lead and then leave Duquesne in the dust, winning 61-39Rob Ferguson stars with 18 points and 10 boards. Joey Brown picks up 13 points, Antonio Greer scores 11, and Dalron Jones finishes with 9. (5-0)

Game #6, UTEP: Our offense takes over in this game as we spurt out to a 43-25 halftime advantage. The 2nd half is nearly a repeat of the first and we come away with an 87-50 victoryDalron Jones scores 20 while adding 7 rebounds and 5 assists, Joey Brown gets another double-double (11 points and 11 rebounds), Rob Ferguson scores 14, and Antonio Greer adds 9. (6-0, Ranked #1, RPI: 1)

AwardDalron Jones is the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

Game #7, Southern Illinois: We hit shots from all over the floor in the 1st half and built a 53-30 halftime lead. The team kept the Salukis from making any serious runs in the 2nd half and went on to win 90-71Joey Brown dropped in 21 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Dalron Jones scored 19, Valder Greene came in off the bench to score 14, Johnnie Campbell put in 12 points, and Rob Ferguson added 10. (7-0)

Game #8 @ North Carolina St.: This was a close game almost the entire 40 minutes. At the half, we led 33-29, and could not pull away in the 2nd half. We pulled out a narrow victory, 66-62. Dalron Jones took high-point honors with 21 points, but Joey Brown had another awesome game with 15 points and 15 rebounds. (8-0, Ranked 2nd, RPI: 2)

AwardJoey Brown again won both the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week and Freshman Player of the Week awards.


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Great Story!
I read a lot of the Dynasty stories and enjoy them all, but I check for updates to this one as soon as I get here. Can't wait to see how Coach Bradbury and his Tigers progress. Looking forward to the next chapter!   [Copied from post by CoachVN in Wolverines Studios forums]

 

 

 
Thanks, CoachVN! I too wonder how long he will get away with his corrupt ways. 


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Season 2, Game 9 thru 12
 
Game #9, #8-ranked North Carolina: North Carolina sported a small lead early in the game, but by the half we were ahead 41-31. We then pulled away in the 2nd half to win easily 81-60Dalron Jones dropped in 25 points plus grabbed 9 rebounds and Rob Ferguson added 10 points. (9-0, Ranked 3rd, RPI: 3)

Game #10, Tennessee: Remembering how the Vols stomped us last year, our guys wanted revenge. We did a great job of doing exactly that in the 1st half and pulled away to a 45-24 halftime advantage. Our defense was porous in the 2nd half, but we continued to score well and put together an 87-65 victoryDalron Jones achieved a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Rob Ferguson scored 17, and Antonio Greer and Johnnie Campbell both scored 16 points. (10-0, Ranked #3, RPI: 2)

AwardDalron Jones was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

Game #11 @ St. Bonaventure: St. Bonaventure controlled the tempo in the 1st half, built as much as an 11 point lead. We finished the half trailing 37-30. Even though we weren’t hitting our shots and were taking too many bad shots, our defense bailed us out in the 2nd half, as we leap-frogged by the Bonnies and won 68-60. Dalron Jones scored 15 but the game MVP went to Rob Ferguson with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Valder Greene also scored 14 and Antonio Greer added 10 points. (11-0, Ranked 4th, RPI: 2)

Ineligibility: SF Bradley Ides, a sophomore SF walkon, finished the term with a 1.9 GPA. My reaction was that I wanted to cut him, but my assistants convinced me to keep with since he’s been practicing our sets for 18 months. We got him a tutor.

Game #12, Tulane: We came out flat and could only manage a 33-33 tie at the end of the first half. We led most of the 2nd half, but could never put the game out of reach, finishing with a 73-63 victory in our first conference game of the season. Dalron Jones had 22 points and 8 assists and Joey Brown and Rob Ferguson both had double-doubles, 13 points and 10 rebounds for Brown and 14 points and 10 rebounds for Ferguson. (12-0, 1-0, 1st place tie)


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Season 2, Games 13 thru 16
 
Game #13 @ Houston: We played heads up ball in the 1st half and rolled to a 45-24 lead at the half. Houston closed on us in the 2nd half, but we held them off for a 67-56 victory. Joey Brown carried us with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Our starting guards, Antonio Greer and Dalron Jones scored 13 and 11 points, respectively. (13-0, 2-0, 1st place tie, Ranked #3, RPI: 2)

Awards: Joey Brown once again both the conference Player of the Week and the Freshman Player of the Week awards.

Game #14 @ Connecticut: In the early stages of the first half, we played well and held a small lead but by the midpoint of the half, Connecticut turned things around and by the end of the half led 42-33. With the refs called things tight on us, our players simply lost their aggressiveness. I was all over the refs. The zebras definitely noticed, because they came out with a vengeance in the 2nd half, whistling our players for just looking at their opponents. Connecticut took full advantage of this and opened a 25 point lead. In the latter stages we tried to make a comeback, but the difference was just too great. We dropped our first game of the year by a score of 76-61. Shooting, turnovers, and rebounds were very equal between the two teams. What wasn’t equal? We were called for 10 more fouls. Dalron Jones played only 18 minutes and scored just 8 points because of continual foul problems. The Huskies got to the foul line 20 more times than we did! And they scored 16 more points on free throws...more than the final difference in the score. In other words, we were jobbed! Rob Ferguson scored 14 points and pulled down 7 rebounds and Joey Brown scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. (13-1, 2-1, 2nd place tie)

Game #15, Cincinnati: The Bearcats entered the game in 1st place in the American Athletic Conference. We came out playing a withering defense that immobilized Cincinnati in the first half and led us to a 40-25 lead at the half. The Bearcats came out in the 2nd half hitting their shots and trimmed our lead a little but we never let them get close enough to put a real scare into us. We came away with a 74-65 victory that got us back into a tie for the top spot in the conference. Antonio Greer led our scoring with 19 points, but Rob Ferguson scored13 points and had 12 rebounds while Joey Brown knocked down 10 points and hauled in 11 rebounds while getting 3 steals and blocking 2 shots. Dalron Jones scored just 10 points but had 6 assists and 6 rebounds plus 2 steals and 2 blocks. (14-1, 3-1, 1st place tie, Ranked #3, RPI: 2)

AwardJoey Brown again won the Freshman Player of the Week Award for the American Athletic Conference.

Stats thus far for our 3 main players: SG Dalron Jones (18.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.6 spg, 0.5 bpg); C Joey Brown (12.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.1 spg, 0.9 bpg), and PF Rob Ferguson (12.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.1 apg, 2.0 spg, 1.3 bpg).

Game #16 @ Central Florida: Good defense crushed Central Florida in the first half allowing us to achieve a 39-21 half time lead. We put it on cruise control in the 2nd half. Central Florida scored well, particularly PG David Holman who finished with 26 points, but we never let them get close. We won 79-68. Rob Ferguson led us with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Dalron Jones put 14 points on the board, Joey Brown had 13 points, and Johnnie Campbell added 12. (15-1, 4-1, 1st place tie)


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Season 2, Games 17 thru 20
 
Game #17, SMU: SMU came in with a 9-6 record, but we destroyed them. We shot extremely well in the first half which drove us to a 48-34 halftime lead. Then we clamped down defensively, allowing the Mustangs to score just 16 points in the 2nd half and won handily 79-50Antonio Greer scored 17 and dished out 6 assists. Joey Brown also scored 17 plus he had 7 rebounds. Dalron Jones picked up 11 points, and Howie Tyler came off the bench to score 14. (16-1, 5-1, 1st place, Ranked #2, RPI: 3)

Game #18 @ Temple: The first half is a battle. We outshoot Temple but they out-rebound us and get to the free throw line more. We escape with a 42-38 lead at the break. We come back on the floor in the 2nd half and rapidly expand our lead to as much as 22 points as our shooting remains extremely hot. We finish by hitting 65% of our shots. We won decisively, 88-72Rob Ferguson dropped in 22 points, Dalron Jones tossed in 18, Joey Brown and Antonio Greer both added 12, and Adrian Banes scored 10 points off the bench while playing just 14 minutes. (17-1, 6-1, 1st place)

Game #19, South Florida: The guys came in expecting an easy game. But this turned out to be no walk in the park. The teams slugged it out the entire game. We held a slim 41-37 lead at the half. The game remained tight in the 2nd half. We were generally out-played but South Florida’s 19 turnovers let us squeak by for a 66-63 victory. South Florida’s PG Jon Montgomery burned us for 26 points plus had 7 assists. Dalron Jones regained his shooting form and scored 20 to lead our scoring. Antonio Greer continued to score well, dropping in 17 points. Joey Brown hit for 15 points plus pulled down 7 rebounds. (18-1, 7-1, 1st place, Ranked #3, RPI: 3)

Game #20 @ Tulsa: The lead in the first half see-sawed back and forth. We ended up on the short end of a 34-30 halftime score. Again the refs took us out of this game in the 2nd half and Tulsa continually went to the line to pull steadily away. We took a 78-62 beating. The Golden Hurricanes went to the line 27 more times than us and outscored us by 18 points on free throws. That was more than enough to beat us. Tulsa’s C Derick Paige poured in 26 points. Dalron Jones knocked down 20 points. Rob Ferguson added 18 points while pulling down 8 rebounds. (18-2, 7-2, 1st place tie)

Recruiting: We were on pins and needles throughout this week awaiting the SAT scores for recruit Ruben Rohwer. His 2.1 GPA didn’t bode well for him to get a qualifying score, but we figured out a way to make sure he got some SAT tutoring before the test. We also were closely watching to see how three highly rated high school recruits performed. Two of them also had 2.1 GPA’s and one has a 2.0 GPA, so the SAT was a big hurdle for both. If they get high enough SAT scores, we'll go after them like a cat goes after catnip.


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Season 2, Games 21-24:

 

Game #21 @ Tulane: We gradually pulled away in the first half to take a 32-23 halftime lead. We then opened a 21 point lead in the 2nd half and held on for a 69-53 winDalron Jones hit for 20 points, Johnnie Campbell scored 15, and Joey Brown added 12 points while pulling down 9 boards. Rob Ferguson hauled in 10 rebounds. (19-2, 8-2, 1st place, Ranked #5, RPI: 6) The loss to Tulsa earlier in the week took a big hit on our fortunes with the poll voters and with the RPI computer.

Norton AwardDalron Jones, Joey Brown, and Rob Ferguson all were named quarterfinalists for the Norton Award.

Game #22, Houston: Our play in the first half was awesome. We ran away to a 42-22 halftime advantage. We went into cruise control in the 2nd half, but won 68-47Joey Brown had a big game with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Rob Ferguson wasn’t far behind with 17 points and 9 boards. Dalron Jones added 14 and Antonio Greer scored 11. (20-2, 9-2, 1st place)

InjuryAntonio Greer left the game late with a strained thigh and likely will miss one or two games.

SAT resultsRuben Rohwer’s SAT score was 890...just enough to be above our 880 minimum. Phew! The news for 3 recruits we liked who were ranked #12, 18 and 26 wasn’t as good. None of the 3 were even close to scoring an 880. Ugh! That’s a big disappointment to our recruiting fortunes. The loss of these 3 studs alters our recruiting strategy since there are no longer extremely strong high school seniors left to recruit meaning we may go after a JC player.

Game #23, Connecticut: We again put together a big first half and finished the half with a 42-22 lead that was identical to our previous game. Although we eased up in the 2nd half, there never was any doubt and we won 78-66 to avenge our earlier loss to the Huskies. Valder Greene started at PG and played adequately but continued his penchant for getting into foul trouble and eventually fouled out. Dalron Jones lead our scoring with 20 points and had 8 rebounds, Joey Brown put 18 points on the board plus grabbed 13 rebounds, Rob Ferguson also recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Howie Tyler came off the bench to score 12 points. (21-2, 10-2, 1st place, Ranked #4, RPI: 4)

AwardJoey Brown was chosen as the American Athletic Conference’s Player of the Week and Freshman Player of the Week.

Game #24 @ Cincinnati: I told the guys it was time to come up big against a good team on the road. The first half was a dog-fight with Cincinnati coming away with a 40-35 lead at the break. I jumped all over the players during the half about playing defense. They responded by shutting down the Bearcats in the 2nd half. We retook the lead and gradually opened an 11 point lead. Cincinnati hit some late shots but we won 70-63 by allowing the Bearcats to score just 23 points in the 2nd half. While we couldn’t control SG Rodney Walton who finished with 24 points, no other Cincinnati players scored in double figures. Dalron Jones popped in 20 points, Rob Ferguson had 16 points, and Antonio Greer came back of the injured list to add 11 points. Joey Brown was surprisingly held scoreless but pulled down 12 rebounds. Valder Green scored 9 points in 10 minutes of play but also picked up 5 fouls during the short time. (22-2, 11-2, 1st place)



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Season 2, Games 25 thru 28
 
Game #25, Central Florida: We blistered the nets in this game. By the end of the first half we were ahead 58-40. We finished our offensive onslaught by hitting 62% of our FG attempts, 60% of our 3 pointers, and 90% of our FT’s. We buried the Knights 98-71Dalron Jones dropped in 25 points, Antonio Greer added 15, Rob Ferguson scored 12, and Johnnie Campbell and Valder Greene both scored 11. (23-2, 12-2, 1st place, Ranked #4, RPI: 4)

Norton AwardDalron Jones and Joey Brown were both named semifinalists for the Norton Award.

Game #26 @ SMU: We came out flat and stayed flat. We trailed 34-19 at the half and while we cut into their lead in the 2nd half, we could never really get it together. The result was an embarrassing 55-46 loss. We hit just 31% of our shots, but surprisingly the Mustangs only hit 30% of theirs. But they controlled the boards and again we were beat at the free throw line where we got to the line 16 fewer times and scored 11 fewer points than SMU. Our only player to score in double figures was Joey Brown with 13 points. (23-3, 12-3, 1st place)

Game #27, Temple: Temple out-played us in the first half and sported a 40-36 halftime lead. But in the 2nd half we combined a potent offense with a solid defense and ran away from Temple for an 87-64 shellacking. We outshot the Owls 51% to 39%. Dalron Jones put on a 30 point offensive show and also dished out 7 assists and pulled down 6 rebounds. Valder Greene came off the bench for his best game of the season with 19 points (hitting 100% of his shots including 5 from 3 point land). Rob Ferguson scored 14 and Joey Brown added 12. (24-3, 13-3, 1st place, Ranked #4, RPI: 4)

Game #28 @ South Florida: In this game we played solidly throughout both halves. While not impressive offensively and while allowing the Bulls to hit too high a percentage of their shots, we recorded a fantastic 18-5 turnover advantage. The result was that we led 34-28 at the half and expanded that lead in the 2nd half to as much as 20 points while finishing with an80-68 winJoey Brown had a big game scoring 19 and pulling down 12 boards. Dalron Jones also popped in 19 points along with recording 6 assists. Antonio Greer scored 17 and Rob Ferguson had 14 points and 8 rebounds. (25-3, 14-3, 1st place)


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Season 2, Game 29 and end of regular season
 
Game #29, Tulsa: Tulsa played tough in the first half and came away with a 39-38 halftime lead. But we tightened our defense in the 2nd half and pulled away to win big, 78-60 in the final game of the regular season. Rob Ferguson came up with a big game in his final game at home as a senior, scoring 22 and hauling down 9 boards. Antonio Greer scored 13 and Dalron Jones, Johnnie Campbell, and Valder Greene each chipped in 10 points. (26-3, 15-3, 1st place, Ranked #4, RPI: 4)

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Players declaring for the draft: Two of our players declare for the pro draft: Antonio Greer and Valder Greene. Greer is a SG who has been starting at PG and Greene is a true PG who was his primary backup. To complicate matters, our SG Dalron Jones is graduating. While we have a couple other good PG’s who could develop into strong players next year, we still are going to be short of guards. So our spring recruiting strategy has changed. We need to come up with a SG who can step right in and contribute.


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American Athletic Conference Tournament
 
American Athletic Conference Tournament—Round 1:

Temple (14-15, 9-9) vs Connecticut (16-11. 13-5): Connecticut wins 69-58

SMU (15-13. 9-9) vs Cincinnati (17-10, 11-7): Cincinnati wins 64-51

Houston (14-13, 9-9) vs Tulane (16-11, 10-8): Houston wins 69-62

Game #30, Tulsa (15-14): Tulsa leads early in the first half, but we overtake them and move out to a 38-28 halftime advantage. We continue to pull away in the 2nd half and win in commanding fashion, 78-55. Another game in which we make just 6 turnovers while forcing Tulsa to turn the ball over 20 times. Dalron Jones pours in 32 pointsJoey Brown hits for 18 points and grabs 8 rebounds. Antonio Greer adds 13 points while dishing out 6 assists. (27-3)

American Athletic Conference Tournament—Round 2:

Cincinnati (18-10) vs Connecticut (17-11): Connecticut wins 81-62

Game #31, Houston (15-13): We struggle in the first half but come away with a slim 35-33 lead at the break. Our team responds with a devastating defense in the 2nd half, holding Houston to just 17 points. We roll on with a 72-50 victory. We dominate all aspects of the game. Antonio Greer leads our scoring with 17 points. Johnnie Campbell adds 11 more. Joey Brown scores just 9 points, but has 3 assists, 6 rebounds, 5 steals, and 1 block. (28-3)

American Athletic Conference Tournament—Championship:

Game #32, Connecticut: The team comes out as though on a mission, crushing the Huskies in the first half 48-28. We expand our lead in the 2nd half and give Connecticut an 85-62 beatdown. Dalron Jones is our top scorer with 17 points. Rob Ferguson chips in 14 points and pulls down 12 rebounds. Joey Brown scores 10 and grabs 8 boards. Valder Green scores 10. And we are AAC champs! (29-3, Ranked #4, RPI: 4)


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Season 2 Statistics
 
Memphis Tigers, Season 2 Player Stats:

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Memphis Tigers Team Stats, Season 2:

PPG: 74.6 (6th), Opponents: 60.2
APG: 15.2 (11th), Opponents, 11.1
RPG: 33.1 (2nd), Opponents: 29.6
BPG: 3.9 (2nd), Opponents: 1.7
SPG: 9.0 (65th), Opponents: 5.5
FG%: 44.0 (191st), Opponents: 38.4 
3P%: 36.0 (174th), Opponents: 32.8
FT%: 76.5 (51st), Opponents: 70.5
TO: 11.1 (7th), Opponents: 16.7


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I noticed in season 1 Memphis was perfect at home...assuming the same in season 2 (since you have an almost flawless record)?
I hadn't given it any thought until your post, but yes the Memphis Tigers are undefeated at the FedEx Forum throughout the two years Coach Tom "Whatever It Takes" Bradbury has handled the reins.

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NCAA Selection Show
 
#1 Seeds: Duke, Arkansas, UCLA, Syracuse

UConn, #10 seed in Syracuse Regional
Memphis, #2 seed in Detroit Regional
Cincinnati, #1 seed in Orlando Regional

American Athletic Conference Teams in Other Post-Season Tournaments:

CBI

SMU, #1 seed in West Regional

NIT

Tulane, #1 seed in West Regional
Houston, #1 seed in West Regional


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CBI

 

Round 1:

SMU vs Sacramento State: SMU wins 73-53

 

Round 2:

SMU vs Massachusetts: SMU wins 57-49

 

Round 3:

SMU vs Green Bay: SMU wins 73-64

 

Round 4 (Championship):

SMU vs Bradley: SMU wins 69-61 and is the CBI Champion

 

NIT

 

Round 1:

Tulane vs Western Illlinois: Tulane wins 77-69

Houston vs Davidson: Houston loses 72-64

 

Round 2:

Tulane vs Miami: Tulane loses 85-62

 

Championship Game: Miami-63, Virginia-57



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NCAA
 
Round 1:

#10 seed Connecticut vs #7 seed Tennessee: Connecticut loses 65-63

#10 seed Cincinnati vs #7 seed North Carolina St.: Cincinnati loses 75-52

Game #33, #15 seed Central Arkansas: The game went back and forth early in the 1st half and we trailed by as much as 7 points, but by the end of the half we had taken a 45-38 lead. Then we caught fire in the 2nd half and built a 22 point lead before finishing with an 85-70 victory. We won by dominating the boards 32-21 and having a 19-12 turnover advantage. Antonio Greer starred with 28 points. Dalron Jones scored 13 points. Rob Ferguson had 12 points and 9 rebounds. Joey Brown scored 10, pulled down 12 rebounds, had 4 assists, 5 steals, and 3 blocks. Terry Jones came off the bench to add 10 points. 

Round 2:

Game #34, #10 seed North Carolina: The first half was exciting as the lead continually flip-flopped. When the buzzer sounded we had a slim 31-29 lead. We soared early in the 2nd half and opened a 22 point lead before North Carolina made a run that cut our final winning margin to 76-62. Again, turnovers were the difference, as we made just 8 turnovers while North Carolina turned the ball over 20 times. Dalron Jones led our scoring with 21 points. Antonio Greer and Valder Greene both scored 14 points. Rob Ferguson added 12. 

Round 3 (Sweet 16):

Game #35, #3 seed Ohio State: We jumped out on top and never relinquished the lead. By the half we were on top 38-26, as our defense sparkled. We continued our dominance in the 2nd half and won going away 71-48. We only allowed the Buckeyes to connect on 27% of their shots and didn’t allow any of their players to score in double figures. Joey Brown had a big game, scoring 22 points and pulling down 15 rebounds. Rob Ferguson scored 11 and Dalron Jones and Antonio Greer both added 10 points. 

Round 4 (Elite 8):

Game #36, #1 seed Arkansas: Neither team could pull ahead in the first half. We trailed 31-30 at the break. But Arkansas came out scoring in the 2nd half and we gradually faded,losing to the tune of 78-64. Arkansas’ SF Andrae Thomas dumped in 26 points. Antonio Greer was our top scorer with 18 points. Joey Brown scored 13 and Dalron Jones hit for 10 points. 

Championship Game:

UCLA-88, Duke-69


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Awards
 
SG Dalron Jones: American Athletic Conference Player of the Year

SG Dalron Jones: American Athletic Conference 1st Team All-Conference

C Joey Brown: American Athletic Conference 1st Team All-Conference

PF Rob Ferguson: American Athletic Conference 1st Team All-Conference

Tom Bradley: : American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year





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