The last Conference USA team to beat the Memphis Tigers was Alabama-Birmingham, with the Blazers pulling the feat off some 715 days ago. Saturday night in Birmingham, things got a little testy for the top ranked Tigers, who encountered a somewhat hostile UAB crowd who thought they had pulled off an upset when officials ruled that Lawrence Kinnard's shot was not in time to beat the buzzer. Final score: Memphis 79, Alabama-Birmingham 78.
To the credit of the officiating crew, they looked at replays before making their ruling.
It got testy later for the Tigers, who ran into some zealots that ran onto the court, with the thought they had beaten their hated CUSA rivals and there were some words exchanged. A 44-game win streak in regular season and 34-game CUSA streak are intact. But for how long? They don't have that much luck and someone in the conference may be ready to drop them like a cheating spouse. After a meeting with Tulane, they face Tennessee in Knoxville next week.