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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Syracuse Orange Get A Date With Memphis Tigers

Orange Get A Date With Memphis Tigers
Story Published: Sep 8, 2008 at 10:43 PM EDT
By WTVH Sports

SYRACUSE, NY – Syracuse will make its first-ever trip to play at Memphis when the Orange square off with the Tigers on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 6:00 p.m. in the Fed Ex Forum. The contest pits SU against Memphis, last year’s national runnerup.

The showdown will be broadcast live on ESPN.

Syracuse and Memphis have met only two times before, splitting the games 1-1. In 2002, the teams squared off at Madison Square Garden in the NABC Classic and the Tigers snatched the win, 70-63. Two years later, the teams battled it out again during the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament, this time with the Orange coming out on top, 77-62.

Memphis was 38-2 overall and advanced to the 2008 NCAA championship game. The Tigers lost to Kansas in overtime, 75-68. Memphis took home the Conference USA crown with a 16-0 regular-season league mark and captured the conference tournament, as well. The Tigers return seniors Antonio Anderson and Robert Dozier, both of whom are on pace to join the Tiger’s 1,000-point club this season.

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