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Play Time Is Over (Sort Of): Tigers Kick Off 2010 Exhibition Season Against LeMoyne Owen Tonight

University of Memphis vs: LeMoyne Owen College

Game Time: 7:00PM

Where: FedEx Forum

Coverage: WREC 600AM and Live Stream On www.GoTigersGo.com (Must Be Registered User To See The Game)

Time to put those reverseable practice jerseys away, for the night at least, and debut the new Memphis Tigers to the City of Memphis for the first time aginst competition other then themselves. On second thought the word competition might be a bit generous but never-the-less its another team, who wears another color jersey, and it doesn’t say University of Memphis on it.

Tonight under the lights of the FedEx Forum the #19th ranked University of Memphis Mens Basketball team will open up exhibition/ pre-season play against LeMoyne Owen College, a local NCAA Division II school who doesn’t have a rich tradition in basketball success, but always puts up a worthy fight when playing the Tigers. Last year the Magicians had a 30 – 29 advantage before the Tigers went on a 16 – 3 run to close out the 1st half of play. The less talented LeMoyne Owen could do nothing more and seemed to run out of gas shortly after the 2nd half began as the Tigers rolled to a 98 – 68 victory. Tonight, as Coach Pastner enters his 2nd year as head coach of the Tigers, he will have a great opportunity to see where his young squad is on both ends of the ball after a little over 2 weeks of practice where the main focus has been defense and rebounding. Pastner announced yesterday that he will start only 1 of his highly touted Freshman, being Antonio Barton, along with Juniors Charles Carmouche, Wesley Witherspoon, Angel Garcia and Senior Will Coleman. Of his #2 ranked recruiting class (according to www.Rivals.com)  only 6 of the 8 Freshman on the 2010 – 2011 team will suit up tonight, with Will Barton being evaluated daily for a knee injury suffered on October 22 and Jelan Kendrick experiencing an indefinite absence from the team for personal reasons.

The media has already weighed in on the 2010 – 2011 version of the Memphis Tigers placing them as the Pre-Season #19th ranked program in the nation, where do you all realistically think the Tigers are AT THIS MOMENT? (Vote Below)

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November 3, 2010 - Posted by | AP Poll, Coaches, Commercial Appeal, High School, High School Recruiting, Jason Smith, Josh Pastner, Memphis Tigers, NCAA Basketball, Other Media, Prep Sports, Scores

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