Memphis Cruises to C-USA Title

No. 2 Tigers hope for top seed in NCAA Tournament
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Mar 15, 2008 5:48 PM CDT
Tulsa's Calvin Walls (4) and Brett McDade (5) accept the second-place trophy for the Conference USA championship topday. Memphis defeated Tulsa 77-51.    (AP Photo/Bill Waugh)
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(Newser) – No. 2 Memphis won the Conference USA title for the third straight year today, but the Tigers are hoping their 77-51 win over Tulsa is worth a little more, reports the Associated Press. The Tigers (33-4) are hoping their 42nd straight conference win earns them a No. 1 in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers are the 28th team with 30 regular-season wins.

Antonio Anderson led the Tigers to their seventh straight win with 19 points, including hitting 4 of 5 3-pointers. Memphis has beaten Tulsa (20-13) seven times in a row and the Golden Hurricanes only win in their past 16 games with the Tigers came in the semifinals of the 2001 NIT. Memphis jumped out to a 21-6 lead and coach John Calipari subbed out all five starters.