Countdown to Memphis Madness

Well, it’s about time to resurrect this blog. The official kickoff to the 2011-12 Memphis Tiger Basketball season happens Friday with Memphis Madness.

As Tarik Black said in a recent video, “If you’re from Memphis and you don’t go to Memphis Madness,” we’re not claiming you.

It’s a really unique event, and it’s special to see the majority of the city get behind something.

Here are some things to look for going into this season:

  • The impact of heralded strength trainer (well, he likes to be called “life changer”) Frank Matrisciano. Here’s the best article I’ve read to date about Frank: “Hell’s Trainer: The Crazy Truth About The Man Behind The Mask”
  • The development of the sophomore class. Joe Jackson, Will Barton, Antonio Barton, Tarik Black, and Chris Crawford have all had a season of Division One basketball. How much have the improved?
  • The impact of freshman Adonis Thomas and transfer Stan Simpson. Thomas is one of the best raw athletes Memphis has had in some time and can take over a game defensively. Simpson should add depth in the frontcourt for Memphis and also boasts Division One experience while at Illinois.
  • The impact of new assistant coaches Damon Stoudamire and Luke Walton. What will their NBA experience bring to the table?
  • Oh, don’t forget a performance by Rick Ross. Should be entertaining.

If you’re looking for a good preview of the 2011-12 Tigers, you won’t find one better than the Blue Ribbon Yearbook’s breakdown.  It should be a fun season; let’s get it started off right on Friday!

The only way to properly finish this post is with a pretty funny Memphis Madness teaser video featuring Drew Barham. If you were at last year’s Madness to witness his “Shots” dance, this video will be even funnier to you.


About pmccllln

21 years young. Senior PR student at the University of Memphis. Student intern for Memphis Athletic Media Relations. Follow me @p_mcclellan.

Posted on October 11, 2011, in C-USA Basketball, Memphis Athletics, memphis tigers, NCAA Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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