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January 18, 2009

Memphis/UAB Rivalry turning into Hatred

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg Gaston @ 12:00 am

It’s the best rivalry in Conference USA….by a Long Shot!
Memphis and UAB on the Hardwood has turned into a Trash Talking, in your face, Knock down, Drag out, No Holds Barred Battle Royale.
Saturday night at FedExForum was just the latest chapter in a series where the Tigers and Blazers have taken things to the extreme. These guys actually hate each other. I mean there is no love lost between the two programs. Last year in Birmingham the Tigers pulled off a Houdini act to win the game, and nearly needed another to escape the wrath of the Blazers Student Body. (Believe me I was there and I know how rough it got).

This particular game featured a shorthanded UAB team not about to backdown against their hated rivals. The Tigers, after starting off as a team looking like they were willing to take a beat down, countered with their own form of haymakers and uppercuts. During the first 20 minutes four Technical fouls were called and the teams had to be separated after a darn near Donnybrook. Antonio Anderson, who backs down to nobody, and Robert Vaden got in each other’s face and it almost came to blows. Calmer heads prevailed, but it was right back to hard fouls and physical play in half number two (although no altercations).

The Tigers have now won 46 straight Conference Games. UAB has now lost six straight to the Tigers. The last team to beat the Tigers in C-USA Play? You guessed it…UAB! (March 2, 2006).
February 26th in Birmingham will be the next chapter in this rivalry, and you can bet it will be another physical, emotional, sometimes over the top Battle Royale. Stay Tuned!



  1. Greg, that was 2006 when UAB beat Memphis.

    Comment by Just Sayin' — January 18, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

  2. My Bad. You are correct, it was in 2006. Boy are all these seasons starting to blend together!

    Comment by Greg Gaston — January 20, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

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