Can Memphis’ Will Barton sneak into 1st round of 2012 NBA Draft?

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A breakout sophomore season in which he averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds per game, Memphis Tigers‘ shooting guard/small forward Will Barton earned Conference USA Player of the Year honors.  As a result, the Baltimore native decided to leave school early and enter the 2012 NBA Draft.  Even with those accolades, he remains a borderline first round pick.

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Memphis Tigers joining the Big East

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So what do the Memphis Tigers bring to the Big East table? Well, they were recently a power in national college basketball, and for years they were kind of held back by their conference in that regard. The Big East is still a major hoops conference, but this move does help replenish the league after the recent defections.

In national college football, Memphis has become somewhat of a bit player, as the Tigers have made a few bowl games. They will strengthen the league on the gridiron as Big East football is pretty awful.  And of course, all conference alignment shifts are always all about football.

From the AP:

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#10 Memphis Tigers: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

As expected, the Memphis Tigers went through their share of growing pains last season with a very young, but extremely talented roster.  After dominating Conference USA from 2006-2009 in which they only lost one league game, their reign of terror in the conference has hit a bump in the road the past two seasons.  Expect a new era of supremacy to begin this season for Josh Pastner and company.

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99 in 99: #17 Memphis Tigers

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Under first year head coach Josh Pastner, the Memphis Tigers’ reign of dominance in Conference USA came to an end as they lost a league game for the first time in more than three seasons.  With one of the best recruiting classes in the country, Memphis should re-establish their control of the conference and once again be a major factor on the national scene.

The Sports Bank’s “99 in 99” ranks the 72 power conference college basketball teams and top 27 mid-majors.  Click here if you missed teams #17-#99.

By: David Kay
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