The second-ranked Memphis Tigers burst into first place last night with a resounding 83-47 shutting down of Southern Miss, reports the Commercial Appeal. With 19 points, Chris Douglas-Roberts led his Tigers to their 17th straight win. Though the ranking isn't official yet, Memphis is already celebrating its first No. 1 in 25 years. Elsewhere in college hoops:
- If the Tigers don't get the top ranking, it'll be No. 3 Kansas moving up after a 76-70 win over Missouri on a true team effort by the Jayhawks.
- No. 12 Butler bypassed Youngstown State 78-69 off stellar performances by Matt Howard and Pete Campbell, and a near triple-double from Mike Green.