(1) Memphis 97

(26-0, 12-0 C-USA)

Tulane 71

(15-10, 5-6 C-USA)

    8:00 PM ET, February 20, 2008

    Devlin Fieldhouse, New Orleans, Louisiana

    1 2 T
    #1MEM 46 5197
    TULN 27 4471

    Top Performers

    Memphis: C. Douglas-Roberts 29 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast

    Tulane: D. Gomez 23 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Calipari wins 400th as Memphis plays to perfection

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- It didn't take last-minute heroics Wednesday night, just full-time concentration.

    Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 29 points to lead No. 1 Memphis to a 97-71 victory over Tulane on Wednesday night, giving coach John Calipari his 400th victory and a chance for a major sigh of relief.

    Quest For Perfection

    After remaining undefeated with a one-point victory over UAB, Memphis had no trouble against Tulane to keep its perfect record intact. The Tigers racked up their 45th straight regular-season win, which is the fifth-longest such streak of the last 45 seasons.

    Team Wins Years
    UCLA 76 1971-74
    Indiana 57 1975-77
    Marquette 56 1970-72
    Penn 48 1970-72
    Memphis 45 2006-Present

    "I was scared to death," Calipari said. "I had a pit in my stomach all day and I'm not worried about Saturday's game.

    Memphis' win, coupled with second-ranked Tennessee's 89-70 victory against Auburn, sets up a showdown Saturday between the top two ranked teams in the country. It will be the first 1-2 meeting since No. 2 Ohio State beat No. 1 Wisconsin 49-48 on Feb. 25, 2007.

    "That game has been played up to a level I can't even tell you," Calipari said.

    That game, and the hype surrounding it is what sparked Calipari's concern. He was worried his players would be thinking Tennessee not Tulane. He didn't need to worry.

    After remaining undefeated with a one-point victory over UAB, Memphis (26-0, 12-0 Conference USA), had no trouble against Tulane (15-10, 5-6).

    Memphis was ahead 46-27 at halftime, and never allowed the Green Wave to get closer than 17 after that.

    Johnny Mayhane's 3-pointer with 13:01 left in the game cut Memphis' lead to 60-43, but the Tigers quickly rebuilt their lead.

    "We just got beaten by the best team in the country," Tulane coach Dave Dickerson said. "We have a long way to go to catch up to them."

    The Tigers, who haven't lost a league game since March 2, 2006, ran up their impressive streaks -- 45 straight regular-season wins, 35 consecutive C-USA victories and 17 straight road wins.

    "We're not thinking of the streaks at all," Douglas-Roberts said. "Our motto is it's a one-game season."

    But after beating Tulane, Douglas-Roberts was ready to look ahead to the Vols.

    "We've got a good one ahead of us," he said. "We're evenly matched, it's going to be a good one."

    Last year, Memphis lost to Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., 76-58. This year the game will be played in Memphis.

    Derrick Rose scored 17 for Memphis and had five assists, Robert Dozier and Doneal Mach each added 14 points.

    The Tigers outscored the Green Wave 54-26 in the paint.

    David Gomez led the Green Wave with 23 points, Kevin Sims had 14, Robinson Louisme scored 12, and Mayhane 11. It was the fourth straight loss for Tulane.

    As for his 400th victory, Calipari said it told him just one thing.

    "It means I lasted a long time," I survived this crazy profession a number of years."

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 97 71
    FG Made-Attempted 39-71 (.549) 25-59 (.424)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-18 (.278) 5-15 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-18 (.778) 16-27 (.593)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 30 0

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