OK, I’ll spew more goodies during media timeouts, lasting until the end. Or maybe not …
We will have a big crowd if not a sellout. At 23:30, the GA’s are well-populated and that can only get more crowded.
Note: The school wasn’t behind the white-out promotion, and I bloody well don’t endorse it. If you can tell me the last time the Herd won in a white-out, football or basketball, drop me a line. It’s a recipe for an automatic “L”.
Baines… Shaq… Spikes… Pitts… Kane …. Only the deep corners open upstairs… maybe 8k, 8100.
Glow sticks, on the other hand, are damn cool.
HERD 6, MEMPHIS 4 at 15:49: Points will not be easy tonight…. good catch and shoot by Shaq… Both Spikes and Allen have a foul… I think Chevelle Buie hammed it up during the timeout, as students started cheering to the recruits.
HERD 13, MEMPHIS 12 AT 11:33: Kane hit 3 to rile up crowd, but Memphis answers with 6 in a row, including a very strange bucket by Will Barton. Fans wanted traveling, but I think he lost ball and then it bounced into his hands. Wild. Great pass from Kane to Aundra Williams (!) retakes the lead.
HERD 21, MEMPHIS 15 at 7:39: Fans are into it, and Memphis suffered a few turnovers because of it. Shaq and Pena buried 3s. Announcement about a potential whistle in stands (oh, boy).
HERD 28, MEMPHIS 17 AT 6:00: Shaq fires super pass on baseline to Spikes, who dunks. Pastner needs to regroup.
HERD 32, MEMPHIS 17 AT 4:46: Another turnover turned into a Kane dunk at the other end. This isn’t the Memphis team that beat the Herd 2 weeks ago!
HERD 36, MEMPHIS 20 AT 2:33: About an 18-5 run at this point, and Baines is becoming a beast inside again. A prime-time dunk on a Pitts miss, getting way above the cylinder.
HERD 39, MEMPHIS 27 at the half: The Tigers get a 7-1 run, including a 3-point play (awful foul by Higgins) and a 4-point play by D.J. Stephens (awful call by officials). In another bad call, D. Pitts get whistled on a scramble in the corner, but the Herd gets a great when Charles Carmouche clanks the 1-and-1 and Stephens mows over somebody for what could have been a successful tip-in. After a video review, the foul stands and Kane splits the FTs.
GREAT HALF … even on boards, 10 assists on 14 baskets, 17 POINTS OFF 9 MEMPHIS TURNOVERS.
Cause for nervousness: The break gives all those freshmen a chance to settle down. And the Herd has been drought-prone. Let’s see.
This is special: The guy who whistled (without a whistle), had a chat about it with the refs, over my right shoulder. The refs told him they don’t care … you can’t do it. And you can’t.
HERD 44, MEMPHIS 32 at 17:06: Crowd is 7,614 … stretch-out factor upstairs, I guess. Pitts gets lucky break on bad lob, throws it to Kane for 3.
HERD 47, MEMPHIS 35 AT 15:54: Pitts hits a 3 in a pure matter of making something out of a shaky possession. Then Orlando Allen rejects Will Barton at the other end. Herd ball.
Another thing: The Big Green forked over a check for $2.934 million to the athletic dept., which I am sure is a record.
HERD 55, MEMPHIS 39 AT 11:54: Aundra Williams has tapped two entry passes away and Dago Pena buried, a big, big, big, big 3. I must give it up for the Herd defense to this point!
HERD 62, MEMPHIS 57 at 7:48: Herrion needs timeout after Memphis scores 6 in a row, 4 on fastbreaks. Pitts has four fouls.
HERD 66, MEMPHIS 59 AT 6:47: Baines has stopped the bleeding, first with a 17-footer and then by getting open down low. Tigers at the line when we return … it’s white-knuckle time again.
HERD 76, MEMPHIS 62 AT 3:39: FOUR “and-ones” in a row! Shame two of them came with missed FTs, but what the heck. After making first 10 FTs, Tigers are 3-for-8. Oh, yeah, Pitts has *watched* all this!
HERD 80, MEMPHIS 64 AT 1:40: It’s over… and UCF lost. A great night to be a Herd fan.
HERD 84, MEMPHIS 64 AT 48.7: The walk-ons are in!
HERD 85, MEMPHIS 65 AT 35.2: No, really, the Herd has the walk-ons in against Memphis.
85-70 final score! Big win!