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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Doug Gottlieb, ESPN, on the Tigers Win at Gonzaga

Doug Gottlieb, ESPN

The most impressive win no one seems to be talking about is Memphis taking down Gonzaga in overtime at Spokane Arena Saturday night.

The Zags were marvelous in their effort and their late shot-making to force overtime after Memphis had essentially led the entire way. While their free throw shooting (18 of 32) kept Gonzaga close, Memphis showed visible improvement from Joey Dorsey (15 points, 12 rebounds), Robert Dozier (14 points) and Chris Douglas-Roberts (13 points and the eventual game winner). More important, this was exactly the type of game John Calipari needed to have for his team to be NCAA-ready due to the weak competition in C-USA this year.

Coach Cal sat frosh Willie Kemp and went with Andre Allen for the majority of the game. While Derrick Rose is on the way next year, Cal needs Kemp to perform much better down the stretch if this team wants to contend for a deep NCAA run -- a run for which they seem to have all the other pieces in place.

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