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Josh Pastner's life just got a whole lot easier

Posted on: March 12, 2011 2:56 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2011 3:07 pm
Three Saturdays ago Memphis lost at UTEP by 27 points.

Joe Jackson played 14 minutes.

And that's about the time some fans started openly wondering whether Josh Pastner was built to be a longterm successor to John Calipari while rumors began circulating that Jackson, a high school legend turned struggling freshman reserve, might transfer out of his hometown program. Four days later, Jackson played nine minutes in a loss to East Carolina and the frustration intensified. All of which made what happened Saturday unpredictable and unbelievable.

Memphis 67, UTEP 66.

In El Paso.

For the C-USA tournament title.

The MVP?

That was Joe Jackson -- thanks to a pair of free throws that took Memphis from down one to up one in the final seconds. The kid with the "King of Memphis" tattoo across his chest who seemed lost and demoralized less than a month ago finished with 17 points a day after dropping a career-high 24 points on East Carolina in the C-USA semifinals. So this Memphis team that began the season nationally ranked before struggling to a 10-6 league record that caused their 33-year-old second-year coach to face questions about his future is now headed to the NCAA tournament with C-USA's automatic bid, and Jackson suddenly looks like the McDonald's All-American whose commitment helped bring those preseason expectations to begin with. It's a remarkable turn of events for a program that's still recovering from Calipari's exit. More than anything, though, it's a development that'll go a long way in allowing Pastner to regain the confidence of his fan base, Jackson the confidence of his past.

Three Saturdays ago, both seemed confused and overwhelmed by their situations.

But now they're right where they were supposed to be all along -- in the NCAA tournament as C-USA champions.
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 13, 2011 7:53 pm

Josh Pastner's life just got a whole lot easier

king of memphis delivered!

i sure would like to match up with tenn in the sweet 16!

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: March 13, 2011 4:20 pm

Josh Pastner's life just got a whole lot easier

Tiger High fan, you are great.  I'd love to see some of your posts had Memphis St. lost in the C-USA League Championship.  I'm sure John Pashner is a great man and a fine individual.  Your team played well this sesson. 

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: March 13, 2011 2:59 pm

Josh Pastner's life just got a whole lot easier

On your radio show a couple of weeks ago, you stated that Memphis would HAVE to win the C-USA to get their bid.
Done. Check it off - especially given their late reg season losses to ECU and UTEP.
Now, the question is...what, in your opinion, do they have to do now to slip into the Sweet Sixteen "dress"?  I'll be listening.
;) the Tigers - There ya'll are.  We've been waiting expectantly for ya!  Super congratulations for your TENACITY, INTEGRITY, GRIT, EVOLUTION, REASON, and SUCCESS! T-I-G-E-R-S!

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: March 13, 2011 12:52 am

Josh Pastner's life just got a whole lot easier

Pastner is Clean, runs a good Program and I cant help but to believe a little of that Positive Karma got brought back on the Tigers. Its So Exciting to see what happens next.. And Now We all Can Believe!!Sealed

Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: March 12, 2011 7:58 pm

Josh Pastner's life just got a whole lot easier

Ballin....Mtown style!Yell

Since: Jun 13, 2009
Posted on: March 12, 2011 7:54 pm

Josh Pastner's life just got a whole lot easier

I know the Tigers were down most of the game, but UTEP could not extend the lead the same way they did a couple of weeks ago.  Even while UTEP had a double digit lead, the Tigers were playing good defense.  A few times Crawford and Jackson went under screens and that gave Polk and Culpepper open looks.  But they did a good job not letting UTEP put them away.  Once they began turning UTEP over, they started cutting the lead.  The Tigers lost only one game all year that was a three point or less difference.  They missed beating Tulsa.  And I agree with you that all of the close games during the season gave the Tigers the edge because they did not panic.  They played.  Great game, Tigers and way to go, Joe! 

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: March 12, 2011 6:34 pm

Josh Pastner's life just got a whole lot easier

Great post Gary!   How do you measure persistence?  Does a Never Give Up attitude make a difference?   You saw it today!   UTEP was the better team, but Memphis and its freahmen players refused to give up.   Memphis was down 10-16 points most of the game but even with only 4 minutes left ... they refused to give up.   UTEP folds in the last 4 minutes and Memphis wins on the FT line!   God must love basketball and the Memphis Tigers!   An up-and-down and season and now a trip to the NCAA!    What a climatic season and you are right on ... Memphis is now where they should be ... the C-USA champions and NCAA bound.  

Will they win 6 more games?   Will they continue to shoot 70% at the FT?

Yes, they can ... with a Never Give UP attiitude ... they have the talent to GO FOR THE GOLD!

GO TIGERS GO!   You can do it and we are PROUD of you!

Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: March 12, 2011 4:10 pm
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Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2011 3:21 pm

Josh Pastner's life just got a whole lot easier

I really didn't expect the Tigers to win after the way the game started.

It looks like those close games earlier in the season help the Tigers keep their cool in the closing minutes of the game.

Congrats Tigers!

Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: March 12, 2011 3:18 pm

Josh Pastner's life just got a whole lot easier

It sure helps to have your shots to finally fall. They looked relaxed and they never gave on the season or there coach. Fans are just plain crazy. This is what makes college basketball the best sport in the USA!

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