Seriously, don't sit on the toilet seats at the Tad Pad on Friday. There's going to be some disgusting people around, and I would hate for any of you to catch a terminal illness from a Memphis fan.
Just to be clear. These will be the TRUE BLUE Memphis fans, you know, the folks who cheer for Memphis basketball and Tennessee football. THOSE people.
Jean shorts. Bust a Nutt t-shirts. Gold chains. LA Gear tennis shoes.
Oh yeah, I forgot the Ole Miss-Troy NIT recap. We pull out our big boy sticks and beat the dicks off of them.
Okay, well that's done.
Friday's NIT second round match against Memphis has been sold out for all general admission seats. Students, faculty and staff can still get two tickets with an ID for the low, low price of $4.
When I first saw the NIT bracket(see: 15 minutes before the Troy game), I realized we could be facing Memphis in the second round. We haven't played the Tigers in basketball in a couple years – mostly because John Calipari wanted to play teams like Georgetown instead of Ole Miss, pshh, what a jerk.
Anyway, now he's at Kentucky and has to play us every year. But enough about that asshole.
Josh Pastner is in his first year of coaching and being able to legally drink alcohol. Some of his players are probably older than him. Chants such as "Baby Pastner" should suffice if necessary. If that's not your style, yell at the referees to get the towel boy out of the coaching section.
As is pointed out on the Memphis Athletic Web site, Pastner was the video and recruiting coordinator for Arizona in the 2001 NCAA Tournament when Ole Miss lost in the Sweet Sixteen to the #2 Wildcats. I'm sure his editing skills and sweet transitions like the swirl, dissolve and the zoom in and out were vital to the Arizona success that day.
The Tigers still have plenty of fire power on their team with Doneal Mack, Elliot Williams, Wesley Witherspoon and Robert Sallie all averaging double digits in points. Willie Kemp is also a player to watch, a senior guard who is one of the few players who has played the Rebels in the past.
Watching the Williams-Terrico White match-up will be the highlight of the evening, especially if White gives another great effort like the 27 point appearance against Troy.
Another interesting match-up will be whoever Reginald Buckner decides to swat. He's a young player with a little bit of passion, and I think this could be the game where he really plays inspired ball. Both Buckner and White are Memphis natives and could either feel snubbed by the Tigers and want to prove their worth, or they'll just want to show out for the fans who followed their high school careers.
The rumor is that the ticket office will be releasing the remaining student, faculty and staff tickets if they are not sold by game-time. So, if you're going to scalp them, then do it early, because you and I know the students will not be filling up their section.
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Okay, everybody good?
Honestly, it's hard to predict what will happen in the postseason, but it seems like Andy Kennedy could feel like these games matter to build on next season.
Ole Miss 81