View Full Version : Memphis Tigers: Euro style flair on Princeton Offense?

11-16-2007, 04:20 PM
took this one from espn.com

Coach John admits to it, I like it. heck probably one of the reasons why that team is ranked #3 in the country, for now...

"European based, princeton on steroids style of play"-Coach John Calipari

Comments on the Euros here would be nice.


11-16-2007, 04:39 PM
i thought the UNC Tar Heels are the ones ranked no. 1?

11-16-2007, 04:58 PM
noted sorry. yes memphis is ranked #3 in the poll. again my mistake and thanks

i thought the UNC Tar Heels are the ones ranked no. 1?

11-16-2007, 06:05 PM
Interesting. I've liked Cal back to his UMass days, but when I see Memphis play it usually looks like they aren't running any offense at all.

11-17-2007, 08:33 AM
Interesting. I've liked Cal back to his UMass days, but when I see Memphis play it usually looks like they aren't running any offense at all.

I agree, there is very limited ballmovement and movement in general off the ball. Its been mainly drive and kick and then some more drive and kick.
Princeton offence is based on cuts and that is, imo, very far from how Memphis executes. Part of it is Caliparis emphasis on players with great athletic abilities rather than on players with good understanding of team basketball.
You cant make an omelette without using some eggs but rather than doing so, I feel Calipari tries to make one with potatoes.
Or, on occasion, a really thick and dense wood (like a certain pivot I think college followers are familiar with).

11-18-2007, 08:52 AM
Rose struggles, Douglas-Roberts steady in No. 3 Memphis' victory


2007 NCAA Stats

Derrick Rose

19.8 PPG, 2.3 APG, 5.5 RPG, 1.0 BPG, 1 SPG

NEW YORK (AP) -- John Calipari didn't call out Chris Douglas-Roberts by name after an off night in the semifinals of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic. But the Memphis coach did single out the guy wearing No. 14.

"I think he got the message," he said.

Douglas-Roberts answered with a career-high 33 points and the No. 3 Tigers, after racing out to a big early lead, held on to beat Connecticut 81-70 on Friday night in the championship game of the tournament benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.

"He was so lackadaisical" against Oklahoma, Calipari said of Douglas-Roberts. "But it's so early in the season."

Freshman sensation Derrick Rose added a career-high 24 points for the Tigers, who opened an early 15-point lead but found themselves trailing by one at the half. Rose looked every bit the first-year player running the point, though, turning the ball over five times without an assist.

"I called a timeout and went right at him," said Calipari, who threatened to bench Rose if he put up another circus shot. "But he's going to be a pretty good player -- pretty good right now."

Douglas-Roberts, the tournament MVP, broke open a close game during a decisive second-half run, hitting a pair of free throws with the game knotted at 60 and less than nine minutes to play. That set off a 16-5 spurt capped by his jumper with 3:55 left, putting the game out of reach.

"We knew Connecticut is a good team and they were going to make a run," Douglas-Roberts said. "If we get nervous any time a team like that makes a run, we're in trouble."

A.J. Price scored 23 to lead Connecticut (3-1), often playing much bigger than his 6-foot-2 frame. He routinely threw himself among the Memphis forwards, slicing through the lane to help the Huskies rally in the first half and stay close after the break.

"A.J. I thought led us back," Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said. "One guy sitting 3 inches from me (in the crowd) said, 'I'm taking the early train back.' But we fought back and I was very proud of that."

Jerome Dyson scored 14 of his 17 points after halftime for UConn, which also got 11 points and nine rebounds from Hasheem Thabeet.

Memphis forward Joey Dorsey, who aggravated a shoulder injury in the semifinal against Oklahoma, played sparingly in the first half and finished with four points and 12 rebounds, most of those on the defensive end as the Tigers (4-0) pulled away.

It was the first time Calhoun and Calipari, bitter rivals from when Calipari led Massachusetts, had faced each other in 17 years. Back then, the brash, young UMass coach invaded New England to steal away future NBA star Marcus Camby and plenty of Calhoun's thunder.

But all that was years ago, before Calipari moved on to the NBA and long before he took over at Memphis.

Both say tensions have eased. Calhoun called Memphis "one of the finest teams in America" after beating Gardner-Webb in the semifinals, even before he knew that the Tigers would dispatch Oklahoma in Thursday's nightcap.

Memphis certainly looked as good as advertised early on.

The Tigers raced to their big lead with a frenetic run-run-run pace that left Connecticut dazed and disheveled. In one stretch Dorsey slammed an ally-oop from Willie Kemp, Robert Dozier blocked a dunk attempt at the other end, and Rose layed in a windmilling scoop high off the glass to make it 18-3 barely five minutes in.

"Obviously Rose is a great, great young player," Calhoun said. "And if Douglas-Roberts isn't a first-team All-American, somebody is making a serious mistake."

Connecticut slowly whittled away at the lead, closing to 36-29 with 3:15 left. Then Calipari was hit with a technical foul for riding the referees, and a minute later center Shawn Taggart was hit with another for slamming the ball down in frustration.

After a parade of free throws -- the Huskies went to the line 23 times in the half against just three for Memphis -- Jeff Adrien knocked down two with 12.9 seconds remaining to give UConn a 41-40 lead at the break.

"I don't know if we let an opportunity go by or had an opportunity taken away," Calhoun said. "When we got down we were in serious trouble. ... We showed a lot of character coming back."

In the third-place game at Madison Square Garden, the Sooners beat Gardner-Webb 69-55.


I think the Memphis Tigers are heavily favored to make it in the Final 4 or Sweet 16 Tournament because they just added the best player in the 2008 draft class Derrick Rose of Simeon Highschool.

He reminds me of a younger version of Dwyane Wade, and this phenom can attack the basket using his power combine with an explosive first step that can literally destroyed his defenders.

I watch the first 3 games of the season and i was really impressed by the way he is aggressive in the early part of the NCAA Tourney.

Rose is probably one of my prime candidate for NCAA Rookie Of the Year but he will be heavily challenged by Michael Beasley, OJ Mayo, Kevin Love, and Eric Gordon.

11-18-2007, 08:57 AM
Chris Douglas Roberts


2007 NCAA Stats

23.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.0 APG


NBA Draft Express

Douglas has a fantastic first step, explosive leaping ability, excellent body control, and the core strength needed to put it all together on the floor. Douglas-Roberts has a somewhat lanky frame, but he plays extremely strong with the ball, being incredibly tough to deny angles to the basket, and very aggressive and confident when it comes to creating offense for himself.

I am a fan of the Memphis Tiger in the US NCAA Tournament because my local cable subscriber show most of their games this season but there is one player that caught my attention beside Derrick Rose his name is Chris Douglas Roberts.

Kid has been one of the most impressive Collegiate player that i have ever seen. He is currently playing along side Derrick Rose, who is a highly touted prospect since his Highschool days.

What do you think will be his status in the 2008 NBA Draft because i would like to see the Cavaliers draft him in the late part of the 1st round. He will be a good addition for our team because he can play defense, and he can shoot from the outside.