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Vol. 81 No. 065

Independent Student Newspaper of the University of Memphis

WUMR jazzes up the airwaves

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SGA plans path over train tracks

By Jonathan A. Capriel Nearly every shelf in Melvin Massey Jr.’s office is filled with stacks of jazz albums. There are four piles on his desk that stack like towers — 50 cases high. He gets about 80 new albums mailed to him every week from record companies and independent producers. Over the last 20 years, Massey has worked as the general manager at 91.7 WUMR, the University of Memphis’ noncommercial jazz radio station. “I’ve never given up the job of music director since I started working here,” Massey said while laughing. “I go through albums as they come in. I listen to them for content and about five to seven percent actually makes it onto the air.” Located on the basement level of the Theater Building, the station is ran mostly by an all-volunteerstudent staff that does everything from read the morning news to give play-by-plays of the Tiger basketball games. However, Massey has the ultimate say about what does and doesn’t make it to the air. Massey started attending the U of M in 1975 after serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. When he came back to the U.S., he started to play saxophone for a jazz group and later became the choir director of Georgia Avenue Baptist Church. While attending the U of M, he actively worked at the station. After graduating, he became the general manger. While years have past and technology has altered many facets of the radio industry, Massey said the broadcasting done at WUMR is completely “old school.” While many commercial radio stations will repeat the same preprogramed and scripted content that is picked out at a head office, WUMR uses CD

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Film and video production sophomore Mac McCullar races to beat the train that cuts between the Southern parking lot and and the University Center.

Beringia was the name given to the land bridge connecting North America to Asia during the last Ice Age that allowed the first humans to migrate to the New World. Nearly 10,000 years later, the University of Memphis is looking to build a land bridge connecting the Southern Avenue parking lot to the Alumni Mall, allowing students to avoid the railroad tracks. The proposed project passed its initial run though the Student Senate in early January and was recently approved by the Student Services Committee. It is now pending a final approval from the Student Senate and the Tennessee Board of Regents. The final vote in the Senate will be held on Thursday, and the final word from the Tennessee Board of Regents is expected by June. The project was inspired by a nursing student who ended up failing a class by exceeding the maximum number of allowed tardies after being repeatedly caught by the train en route to her class from her clinicals. “If we had a large bridge going

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Gimp Teeth wipes out crowds with raw energy By Samuel Prager Loud and fast, Gimp Teeth is an aggressive surf-punk band that has been playing shows around the Memphis area for the past few months. The distortion-deemed band is made up of vocalist Cole Wheeler, guitarist Alexander Swilley, drummer Taylor Loftin and bassist Conner Booth. “A.J. and me talked a lot about starting a band, so we eventually asked our friend Taylor, who we went to school with, if he wanted to play drums, ” Wheeler, a recent Memphis College of Art graduate, said. Taylor Loftin, who has expe-

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rience playing guitar, had never sat behind a drum set prior to being asked to join the band. “I bought a drum set for $60 and started playing for the first time at the first Gimp Teeth practice. I just try to play as loud and as fast as possible,” Loftin, a junior at MCA, said. “It’s different every time, but it’s probably the best way to learn for me. “ With only a vocalist, guitarist and drummer, the trio felt something was missing from the music. With hopes to fill the void, the group asked local bassist Booth to join the band. “Cole and A.J. came up to me and asked me if I wanted to be in the band, I didn’t really know how to play that style, but I went

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to a practice and it just happened, it worked out,” Booth, sophomore anthropology major at the University of Memphis, said. By October 2013, the band had a full lineup, songs and a name — Gimp Teeth. “I made up the name while I was at a bar,” Wheeler said. “I was writing down things that popped into my head, then I texted a list of names to dudes in the band and we all happened to settle on the name and that was it.” Gimp Teeth then began to book and play in living rooms and bars in and around the Midtown area, eventually playing in nearby cities like Little Tiger Babble Opinion

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Rock, Ark. “I’ve never played in a band with musicians who had actively been in hardcore bands,” Booth, 20, said. “We have kind of a doomy-sound, we tune a whole step down, which makes the music scary, and we try to play as loud as possible.” Fully engulfed in screams and distortion — Gimp Teeth’s loud, fast and dark nature is a hybrid between surf-punk and hardcore, according to Booth. “The music is somewhere in between punk and hardcore. It’s not a purified form of either, nor is it bastardization,” Booth said. “It has its own unique sound and

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article about a new internship program on campus. It’s easy to argue why each story deserves to run at the top. However, I was surprised to see what took bottom billing. Ashley Parker, a Ph.D. student, and her team are working to create more effective ways to deliver medicine to treat bacterial infections in wounds. On- and off-campus scientists are working on world-changing research projects in the Integrated Microscopy Center. The Memphis River Warriors have collected more than 50,000 pounds of trash at McKellar Lake and are still going strong (full disclosure: I’m Chief Trash Bag Lady during the cleanups.) They’re labeled as the Dreamers, Thinkers and Doers, and it’s clear they exemplify what it means to be True Blue Tigers. They’re leaving the world in better shape than they found it and using what they’ve learned on this campus to do it. Yet none of their stories are more important than following the U of M on Twitter? To me, these are the industrious innovators who should be running above the fold — or above the scroll — on our website.

In a newspaper, what’s c ons i d e re d important or newsworthy is awarded the special p osition Smith “above the fold.” It’s the first thing potential readers see when they swing by the newsstand. At the beginning of this week, everyone received an email saying the University of Memphis website was now live, and a new design graced the page. While I think the new design is more attractive (adios to the center photo taking up the entire screen) I’m curious who decides what stories run front and center on the homepage. Right now, the photos scrolling across the front page of the website jump primarily to the U of M’s online Media Room — a page about the U of M’s social networking, a timeline of events celebrating Black History Month, another timeline outlining the U of M’s presidential search and an

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Special to The Daily Helmsman Paula is a sophomore journalism and English double major. This piece originally ran on her blog Jan. 29 at paulakpeyton.wordpress. com. I’m sitting in the lobby of Patterson Hall, the English building on the University of Memphis campus, and a random woman took my picture as she waited in line at the Edgar Allen Joe’s coffee shop WITHOUT ASKING. It’s awkward, uncomfortable and creepy. I wish I could say it was the first time, but it’s not. It happens to me quite frequently actually. In the age of technology, arguably the fastest way for someone to get likes on a Facebook post is to post an unflattering photo of someone the poster has deemed to be of less value and make fun of that person. It works. I see it all the time, and I have seen the practice explode since I first joined Facebook six years ago. I just never realized then that I would wind up being the person of less value over and over again. I’m fat, and the Internet knows it several times over, I’m sure. People (like the woman who took my photo) are obsessed with weight and fatness. Shows like TLC’s “My 600 Pound Life” have created a stereotype of a fat person that includes not being able to walk or bathe and eating enough food in a day to feed four normal people for three days. And while that’s true for some fat people, it

isn’t the reality for most of us. The W8H8 (weight hate — get it?) goes so deep that I honestly think my friends and even strangers are much more obsessed with my weight than I am. I don’t like being fat, but I don’t spend every second of my day thinking about it — until I have to deal with people who do.

The W8H8 (weight hate — get it?) goes so deep that I honestly think my friends and even strangers are much more obsessed with my weight than I am.” PAULA PEYTON, Sophomore journalism and English major People are often surprised that I enjoy photos, and when I ask why, their silence implies that they thought my weight should be making me run from the camera. My own “friends” have failed to invite me to parties and nights out because they assumed I wouldn’t want to be seen in my “current state.” I enjoy going out, and if I stay in, it’s because I’m tired or need time to myself, NOT because I’m embarrassed to be seen. I can’t tell you how many of my friends have brought up their need to diet or exercise and then

apologized to me for being insensitive or proceeded to mention how their needs really didn’t compare to mine, expecting me to be upset that they wanted to get in shape or fit into an old pair of jeans, BECAUSE I’M SO MUCH FATTER. My weight has nothing to do with him wanting to look good to pick up chicks now that he is divorced, with her wanting to be in shape so that she can keep up with the kids she hopes to have a little further down the road, with his desire to build muscle and join the military or with her wanting to fit back into the clothes she wore five years ago. Why would it bother me that someone else wants to get healthier? I like eating healthily, too. But they don’t see that possibility. And they don’t see me. To them, I’m not a person. I’m a fat person, because all they can see is my weight. That’s it. Just the fatness. They don’t see Paula at all — they see Fatty Fat-Fat McFatterson. I don’t advocate for BEING obese, because, well, why in the hell would anyone do that? It’s not a great aspiration. But I do advocate for kindness, which I think should be shown to everyone, even fatties like myself. This sounds like a character lesson for kindergarteners, but there’s obviously a need for it. Sure, I’m fat and unattractive. SO WHAT? There are great things about me too, and the best one is that I see PEOPLE, not just their attributes. I just wish those people would extend the same courtesy.

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More states grant in-state tuition to immigrants By Kimberly Hefling AP Education Writer

WASHINGTON — Giancarlo Tello paid $14,000 more than other New Jersey high school graduates to attend Rutgers University, the state’s flagship public college. Why the difference? Tello spent much of his childhood in the U.S. without legal permission after his parents moved from Peru when he was 6. That changes if he re-enrolls this fall, as he plans, thanks to a law recently signed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that provides in-state tuition to immigrants like him. Supporters of immigrants’ rights are energized because after years of contentious fights, New Jersey and three other states passed statutes last year that will allow such students who came to the U.S. when they were minors to pay in-state tuition. Fifteen states now have such a statute, said Ann Morse of the National Conference of State Legislatures. In addition, university boards in Hawaii, Michigan and Rhode Island have granted these students in-state tuition. To qualify, high school graduates typically must meet requirements such as living in a state for a set number of years. Florida, Indiana, Massachus etts, Miss ouri, Mississippi, New Hampshire and Virginia have bills under consideration that would extend the in-state benefit, said Tanya Broder, a senior attorney with the National Immigration Law Center. Supporters next plan to step up lobbying on a related issue: making these students eligible for state financial aid, including scholarships or grants. Already, California, New Mexico and Texas have laws spelling out this right, and it is under consideration in states such as Washington. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., filed a bill in Congress that would provide money to states that offer in-state tuition or financial aid to these students. “It’s an economic issue, and it’s an issue of fairness,” Murray said. In this time of financial austerity, the bill faces a difficult road. The students are known as “Dreamers” — from the shorthand for legislation stymied in Congress that provides a way for them to permanently remain in the U.S. The measure’s full title is the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act).

Lacking legal immigration status, the students typically aren’t eligible for federal financial aid and many other aid programs. But in many cases they are able to remain in the United States under President Barack Obama’s 2012 “deferred action” program. That allows immigrants brought into the United States without legal permission as children by their parents to obtain temporary resident status for two years. The status is renewable. Tello and Yves Gomes, 21, who was brought to the U.S. from India as a toddler, signed

up. Gomes attends the University of Maryland and pays in-state tuition, which he had lobbied for. But he says in some cases that isn’t enough. He called for state and other financial aid, especially for those who don’t qualify for Maryland’s in-state tuition benefit. Tuition and fees for Maryland residents come to about $9,000 this academic year, compared with more than $28,000 for those from other states. That doesn’t include thousands more in room and board. “I met so many friends who

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over the train tracks, I think that it would be much easier for our campus,” Ricky Kirby, president of the Student Government Association, said. The project is expected to cost around $18 million and would be funded by a student fee. “This bridge would provide a safe linkage across the railroad from major parking areas, will link our campus for continuity, will provide a needed outdoor amphitheater and will connect the proposed new recreation facility to the main campus,” Assistant Vice President for Campus Planning and Design Tony Poteet said. The bridge would span the 206 feet from the north side of Walker Avenue to the south side of Southern Avenue, and is expected to reach a height between 22 and 24 feet. “We have people that are late for class all the time because we never know what kind of schedule the train

works on,” Kirby said. “I think this land bridge is a much bigger need than people realize.” However, Kirby points out that the bridge is more than simply a matter of convenience. “Class schedules and grades can be affected by parking on that side of campus,” Kirby said. “I think that student success is directly linked to the convenience of this bridge.” The entire project includes the renovations to the recreation center, the land bridge and the amphitheater that connects the bridge to the Alumni Mall. The amphitheater is expected to hold 400 to 600 students and would be used for events, concerts and classes. If the project is passed by the Senate and the Tennessee Board of Regents, construction is expected to start during the spring of 2015 and take anywhere from eight to 14 months to complete. The contractor will be selected by the Tennessee Building Commission.

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Melvin Massey Jr., general manager of 97.1 WUMR the University of Memphis radio station, demonstrates the how to use the recording system in the newsroom.

players and a rotation clock so the DJ can pick and mesh the various types of music together. “Jazz is a very varied genre. You’ve got smooth, straight-edge, latin, new-age jazz,” Massey said. “There’s all sorts of music you have to be able to mix together.” Matthew Schwartz, a senior journalism major, does color commentary and hosts and produces sport shows for WUMR. He has been working for them since his sophomore year and said he enjoys doing it. “When you first start out, you are nervous but over time you become comfortable on air and get conversational,” Schwartz said. “The job just gives me practice and shows people that I’ve worked in broadcasting.” Massey said the station is always looking for volunteers. He is currently working toward having internships through WUMR, due to

the high amount of phone calls from television and radio stations looking for experienced people in the field. “We have a very fluid situation because people are always graduating or finding jobs,” Massey said. “The local stations listen to our program and they are always stealing our DJ. They just know that the people here are well trained.” The audience capacity for WUMR is about 40,000 and its broadcast reaches close to 90 miles outside of Memphis. The station has been streaming online for close to seven years. According to Massey, jazz is a niche market that garners web listeners from around the world. “We have a bigger audience than most stations would. More people will listen to our stream than Channel 13,” he said. “Everyone has a local news station, but we are one of the only jazz stations in the world.”

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in a way it’s an awkward stepchild between the genres.” Wheeler, 22, has been a front man in other Memphis hardcore bands such as Doomsday Cult and Sheep Head. Noted for his wild and often manic stage presence — from masking his face with a Kroger bag to tightly wrapping a microphone cable around his throat — Wheeler’s actions during a Gimp Teeth set are reminiscent of late punk greats like Iggy Pop and GG Allin. “I think it’s just another way for me to express myself, it fits in with the music, the struggle, the hate — there is a connection between the issues in my generation and the way I act on stage,”

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Wheeler said. “It just doesn’t make sense to me not to get into the music I like by acting the way that I would like to see other front men in bands I like act.” Wheeler is the primary lyricist for the band and said that his lyrical inspiration comes from being in his early 20’s in a financially lackluster urban-environment. “Lyrically, I write about a lot of movies and minute aspects of life like growing up not through adolescence but as a young adult or about motels that clearly serve no other purpose than to provide a venue for prostitution,” Wheeler said. The band released a six-track EP “Naked City” on Jan. 25,

which is available for free download at Gimpteeth.BandCamp. com. “‘Naked City’ comes from a film from the 1940’s and is just kind of about NYC and the stories within it,” Wheeler said. Gimp Teeth plans on recording again in the near future, as well as continuing to play more shows in and out of Memphis. “We have been asked to record by one of the dudes in EX-Cult, so we might revisit what we recorded,” Wheeler said. “We plan to just keep getting shows, making music and just continuing to have fun.”

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Tigers’ Ta es “I don’t know what the commercial was about, I remember it had the little girl talking about a dragon. And then at the end it was a car commercial. I was like, what?” Christina Mays, Foreign language freshman

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are off and on in school just because they have to take time off to help their families put food on the table. You have to survive,” Gomes said. The issue of what educational benefits should be available to immigrants living illegally in the country has been contentious. Critics say helping the students encourages unlawful behavior and means they potentially take someone else’s seat at taxpayers’ expense. “I don’t understand why they would take taxpayer dollars that could be going to U.S. citizens and instead subsidizing the education of noncitizens who could also be deported,” said Kris Kobach, the Republican secretary of state in Kansas who has litigated

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immigration-related cases. “Why would you subsidize a workforce that may not be there tomorrow?” Kansas passed a law in 2004 that granted the in-state tuition benefit to students living in the country illegally. Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, South Carolina and Indiana bar the in-state benefit altogether, according to the National Conference of State Legislators. In Wisconsin, instate tuition was authorized in 2009, but later repealed. Politicians have taken heat on both sides. In the 2012 Republican presidential primary, Texas Gov. Rick Perry ended up apologizing after saying critics of in-state tuition for students in the country illegally “did not have a heart.” In last year’s gubernatorial race in Virginia, GOP Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was dogged during

his unsuccessful campaign by a vote opposing the in-state tuition benefit earlier in his career. Christie agreed to sign the New Jersey bill only after issuing a conditional veto that took out the financial aid component. “It definitely felt great that now a lot of ‘dreamers’ in New Jersey, including myself, will be able to return to school, but at the same time it feels like we were lied to by Gov. Christie, who when he was campaigning, said he was going to give full equality to the Latino community,” Tello said. He was campaign manager for the New Jersey Tuition Equity for Dreamers, and said he dropped out of college after attending parttime for three semesters because of the cost. Out-of-state tuition at Rutgers is about $24,700 compared with about $10,700 for an in-state student. Full-time students also pay nearly $3,000 in

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fees, in addition to room and board. On the day he signed the bill, Christie explained his decision this way: “This is what compromise looks like.” Christie said the important thing is that these students will now have an “affordable” way to continue their education. About 65,000 students living illegally in the country graduate annually from high school and about 5 percent to 10 percent of them go to college, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities has estimated. Daniel Hurley, an official with the association, said even when these students are able to get a college degree, their future work prospects are limited. “They are caught in the limbo,” Hurley said. “It’s certainly frustrating to see.”

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Men’s tennis roars, women split By Hunter Field The University of Memphis tennis teams returned to the court last weekend after dropping the final matches of their respective opening tournaments on Jan. 26. The women’s team, ranked 33rd in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s rankings, split their matches defeating Iowa (2-2) but falling to No. 28 Oklahoma. The men’s team, ranked 18th, breezed past Murray State and Chattanooga without dropping a single match. Head women’s coach Lee Taylor Walker was pleased with his team’s effort over the weekend. He feels like the team can continue jockeying for position and make a run at any team later in the spring. “Oklahoma is a good team, and they competed hard today,” the seventh-year coach said in a press release. “If we can stay the course and continue to improve, I think we can beat anyone in April and May.” The women (2-2) began their weekend blowing past Iowa. Senior Stefanie Mikesz and freshman Anki Wind boosted the Tigers ahead with a 6-3 win at the second doubles slot. Junior Alyssa Hibberd and sophomore Caroline Wegner followed Mikesz and Wind with a victory of their own at the first doubles spot, notching the Tigers’ point in doubles. Hibberd led the way in singles for Memphis at the fourth spot, winning in straight sets. Sophomore Skylar Kuykendall

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Senior Stefanie Mikesz posted a perfect record last weekend. She won both doubles matches and both singles matches at the Tigers’ match in Oklahoma against the Hawkeyes and Sooners. won her first set 6-2, but she had to fight for her second set victory winning 7-5. Mikesz completed the sweep for Memphis, shocking No. 56 Ruth Seaborne 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-7). The Tigers started slower in

their match against Oklahoma, dropping their first doubles match. Mikesz and Wind battled back to win their doubles match and force a tiebreak match in doubles, but Kuykendall and freshman Marta Morga fell 6-4,

despite a near comeback. In singles, Mikesz won her match in a tiebreaker, but none of the others pulled out their matches en route to the 4-1 Memphis loss. Walker wants his team to stay

the course and not let the loss discourage them. “This will take great maturity from our team because sometimes tough, close losses can be heartbreaking, but I think we all understand this is a process,” he said. “Championships aren’t won in January, February and March. They’re won in April and May. That’s our goal and that’s our vision and outlook on this team and the season.” The men (3-1) routed their first opponent on the weekend. The Tigers defeated Chattanooga, dropping only one set. Memphis competed without senior David O’Hare, who was competing for Ireland in the Davis Cup. Senior David O’Leary filled O’Hare’s shoes with no problems, winning both his doubles and singles matches in straight sets. The Blue and Gray experienced similar success in the second match of their doubleheader against Murray State (0-3). The U of M swept the Racers without dropping a single set. Junior Connor Glennon and senior Cedric De Zutter set the tone early for the Tigers, winning their doubles match 6-0 in the No. 2 slot. Senior Johnny Grimal followed suit in singles, cruising to a win in straight sets at the third singles spot. The women return home to continue action on Friday. They host Murray State and Chattanooga in a doubleheader beginning at 3:45 p.m. The men have a few weeks off before facing Vanderbilt in Nashville on Feb. 14.

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A Good Man? Who was/is Jesus Christ? The question is controversial now, and it was controversial 2000 years ago. It is obvious that He was a remarkable Person. He has had more influence on history than any other human being. Some think that He was God. Some think that He was something above the average person, but was certainly not God. Some religions acknowledge that He was a great prophet, but stop short of accepting His claims. He claimed to be God. This leaves us with only three alternatives. One alternative is to acknowledge that He was indeed God come in the flesh. Another alternative is that He was a conscious, deliberate liar. If He was not God and knew that He was not, yet claimed to be God, He was a blatant deceiver and a liar. The third alternative is that He was a lunatic. If He was not God, but thought He was, He was to be pitied and belonged in an asylum. What all this means is, we cannot call Him a good man if He were not God. As one writer aptly put it, He was either the supreme Lord, or a Liar, or a Lunatic. Next time we will examine His claims to be God. The implications are great. If He really is God, He has authority over all His creatures. When He tells us how to live, these are not just suggestions; they are divine commandments.

Pastner, Tigers refuse to panic 8 • Tuesday, February 4, 2014

By Corey Carmichael The University of Memphis men’s basketball team matched last season’s loss total on Saturday, losing their fifth game of the season to Southern Methodist University to close a two-game road trip. However, Memphis head coach Josh Pastner was a calming voice at his press conference on Monday. He viewed the loss with perspective to this season’s body of work. “We’re 16-5, five losses against top 50 RPI, we’re still in the top 25 and the earth, the last time I checked is round,” Pastner said. “I know 98 percent of people in Tiger Nation think its flat. There is no need to panic. What we have to do is win games.” The score was tied at halftime on Saturday, but in the second half, SMU’s offense came out firing and jumped out to an eight-point lead in the first two minutes. Following a Memphis timeout, the Mustangs extended the lead with a 19-6 run over the next six minutes. Mustang’s starting guard tandem of Sterling Brown, Nic Moore and Nick Russell combined to score 29 points in the second half making 11-18 shots from the field, including 4-7 from behind the arc. As a team, SMU shot nearly 70 percent from the field (23-33) in the second half. “It was one of those games where you have to find a way to win on the road,” senior guard Joe Jackson said. “We didn’t do it because the second half they played great. They played an A-plus second half. It was really impossible to beat them unless you were making shots.”


Jackson performed well in the Tigers’ loss, finishing with 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists. In the five American Athletic Conference games since the loss against Connecticut, Jackson has averaged more than 17 points, four rebounds and seven assists. “I think we are so far from finished,” Jackson said. “People panic right now after a loss, but sometimes you just have to put things in perspective and just get better from it.” The Tigers start a three-game home stand with a game against Rutgers University. The Scarlet Knights come to the FedExForum without a road win this season and a 9-13 overall record. “I think they have very good guards, good players all throughout,” Pastner said. “They run good stuff, run a really good offense. They have guys who can shoot. Moore had 27 against Houston. When you have good guards like they do, anything can happen.” Senior J.J. Moore and junior Myles Mack are the starting guards for the Scarlet Knights, and both score in double digits on average this season. Mack is sixth in points per game (16.1) amongst AAC players, fifth in assists per game (4.4) and has the highest free-throw percentage (.933.) Memphis plays Rutgers on Tuesday at 6 p.m., and they turn around for an ESPN Gameday special against Gonzaga University on Saturday.

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With senior forward David Pellom nursing injury, freshman Dominic Woodson has enjoyed extended playing time. He has averaged 2.8 points in 7.7 minutes per game on the season.


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