No. 24 Memphis overpowers depleted Temple for road AAC win

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Memphis capped a strong week in the American Athletic Conference with its 79-69 win over Temple on Saturday to give the Tigers their second road win in AAC play this week.

The No. 24 Tigers (12-3, 3-1) were in a bad place last Saturday, when Cincinnati thoroughly outplayed Memphis in the FedEx Forum, but Memphis clawed back with a road win at Louisville on Thursday and followed that up with Saturday’s win at Temple.

Temple is really depleted thanks to the injury bug biting them hard, but the Owls (5-9, 0-4) still made it a tough game for Memphis, as they led the Tigers 37-36 at the break. But Memphis hit the glass hard and did a better job of sharing and moving the ball as they surged past a noticeably tired Temple team in the second half.

Shaq Goodwin came alive for the Tigers, scoring a team-high 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds — eight of them on the offensive glass — to help pace the Tigers on the interior. Memphis outrebounded Temple 45-28 overall and 16-5 on the offensive glass as they sent multiple players to the offensive glass after each shot.

Memphis was also much better about not forcing shots and moving the ball around for good looks on the offensive end. After a solid dose of “hero ball” in the loss to Cincinnati, the Tigers had 21 assists, including three different guards — Chris Crawford (eight), Joe Jackson (six) and Mike Dixon (five) — with five or more assists. Memphis is still prone to some bad shots here-and-there, but if they take the time to take smart shots and maintain their potentially lethal fast-break opportunities, they are really tough to stop on offense.

Memphis did a nice job of getting their big men more involved this week and not hoisting bad jumpers. When they bring a balanced offensive approach, the Tigers have an offense that can really get rolling and be tough to stop.

VIDEO: Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball highlights

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It was the most anticipated matchup of the summer.

Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball.

People were turned away at the door – and LeBron James reportedly came and went – as the gym reached capacity for SC Supreme’s 104-92 victory over the Big Ballers. That’s Williamson over Ball (LaMelo and LaVar).

The game was mostly spectacle, and you can see it’s top moments right here.

 

VIDEO: Zion Williamson’s coach is holding a sleeping baby

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LaMelo Ball vs. Zion Williamson was insane, but it wasn’t quite crazy enough to wake up the sleeping toddler that Williamson’s coach is holding in his arms:

This is peak AAU basketball.

It will never be more AAU than that.

PHOTOS: Zion Williamson, LaMelo Ball showdown was, of course, insane

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In a showcase game in the adidas Uprising event in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, LaMelo Ball — the youngest member of the Big Baller Brand — faced off with Zion Williamson, who is a force on youtube and a highlight machine.

The crowd was insane for the game:

According to a report from ESPN, there were even concerns about whether or not the game would actually be allowed to be played; the police and fire marshall considered shutting the event down.

Williamson, of course, put on a show in warmups:

At the time of this posting, there were more than 60,000 people watching a livestream of the game on BallIsLife’s facebook page:

(UPDATE: It’s now over 70,000)

Puerto Rico Tip Off bracket revealed

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The bracket of the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip off was revealed Wednesday, setting up a showdown between a 2016 Final Four participant and the 2016 Big 12 tournament champion.

South Carolina and Iowa State headline the event, which will be played Nov. 16-19, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

The Gamecocks are on the top half of the bracket, opening against Illinois State while the Cyclones are on the bottom half, squaring off against Appalachian State.

Boise State vs. UTEP is the other top-half quarterfinal while Tulsa vs. Western Michigan is the other.

The championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off on Sunday, Nov. 19.

VIDEO: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is dunking again

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Just what you wanted to see, a video of former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine throwing an alley-oop off the glass to current Michigan State star Miles Bridges in a Pro-Am in Michigan: