Timeline of a Final Four Season

Timeline of 2007-08 Tigers Honors

Eighth-year Memphis Head Coach John Calipari


March 25, 2007 - No. 5 Tigers Fall 92-76 to No. 1 Ohio State in Elite Eight
Greg Oden wasn't going to let foul trouble stop him, not with a chance to take Ohio State to the Final Four. Frustrated by fouls for a third straight game, Oden made the most of his time on court during a key stretch of the second half, carrying the top-seeded Buckeyes past Memphis 92-76 Saturday in the South Regional finals.

March 26, 2007 - Calipari and Memphis Agree On Contract Extension
Tiger basketball head coach John Calipari and Athletics Director R.C. Johnson have reached an agreement in principle which will extend the coach's contract through the 2011-12 season. "I am pleased to announce that I have met with John and the two of us have reached an agreement that will keep him on as the Tigers' basketball coach for years to come," Johnson stated on Monday. "This is my way to say thank you to John for what he has been able to accomplish at the University of Memphis over the past seven years.

July 17, 2007 - Dorsey Named To 2007 U.S. Pan American Games Team
University of Memphis' Joey Dorsey has been named one of 12 players to represent Team USA at the 2007 Pan American Games, USA Basketball announced Tuesday. The Pan American basketball competition is scheduled for July 25-29 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A portion of the ESPN preseason No. 1 billboard with Antonio Anderson.


July 18, 2007 - 2007-08 Tiger Basketball Summer Preview
It's nearing the dog days of summer, but if one hears the rumblings coming out of Tiger Nation, all the talk is about (drum roll, please)... Memphis is No. 1!!! OK, so it's only the summer polls and nothing really matters until March 2008 starts. But, many college basketball experts agree that the Tigers are one of the top contenders to claim the 2008 NCAA title next April in San Antonio.

July 25, 2007 - Tiger Hoops Billboards Up Around Memphis
Tiger hoops is getting posterized, or make it billboardized - and in a good way. The 2007-08 University of Memphis basketball season is still four months away from tipping off, but the buzz for the much-anticipated season will surely get louder with the unveiling of Tiger hoops billboards around the city Wednesday. There are 13 billboards at 15 locations throughout Memphis. Some of the Tigers' returning players are featured on the billboards with catch phrases. For example, one has Antonio Anderson shooting a free throw with the slogan, Remember The Alamodome, to highlight his game-winning charity tosses in the thrilling 65-64 win over Texas A&M in last year's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game.

August 30, 2007 - Memphis Basketball 2007-08 Schedule Dates Complete
Tiger Nation filled in a portion of its 2007-08 basketball schedule a little over month ago with the release of the University of Memphis' non-league slate. Now, the remainder of the fans' weekly planners can be booked as the Conference USA office announced the league schedules Thursday.


Chris Douglas-Roberts was named the Preseason C-USA Player of the Year.


October 11, 2007 - Douglas-Roberts Named C-USA Preseason Player of the Year
University of Memphis junior Chris Douglas-Roberts earned the Conference USA preseason Player of the Year honor, the league office announced at Thursday's conference media day. C-USA's 12 head coaches voted for the award. The league's coaches also chose Memphis to win the 2007-08 C-USA regular season title. It is the third-straight year the Tigers are the conference's preseason pick to win the championship.

October 11, 2007 - Memphis Madness Line-Up Announced
Well, Tiger Nation, it's nearly here. In a little over 24 hours, the 2007-08 Memphis hoops season tips off with the team's annual celebration - Memphis Madness presented by AutoZone. The Madness is scheduled for Friday at FedExForum, with the doors to open at 7:00 p.m. (CT). Admission is free, but fans are encouraged to bring canned food donations to assist the Memphis Food Bank. Donation barrels for the Food Bank will be at the plaza entrances of FedExForum.

October 18, 2007 - Memphis Basketball Television Schedule Announced Thursday
Tiger fans can now complete their 2007-08 University of Memphis basketball schedule as the Conference USA announced Thursday television times for games. Memphis is making 27 television appearances in 2007-08. Memphis has nine dates on CSTV and seven games on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS). The Tigers' CSTV schedule tips off Jan. 23 at Tulsa and finishes Mar. 8 versus UAB in the regular-season home finale.

Willie Kemp puts up a shot in an early non-conference game.


November 5, 2007 - Memphis Cruises to 102-71 Victory in Season Opener
Derrick Rose had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists in his collegiate debut and No. 3 Memphis beat Tennessee-Martin 102-71 on Monday night in the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic. "When we were dying, he scored," Memphis coach John Calipari said. "We were dying, he blocks a shot. We were dying, he goes in there and makes a play."

November 15, 2007 - Dorsey Leads No. 3 Memphis to 63-53 Victory Over Oklahoma
Joey Dorsey, who missed the first two games of the season with a shoulder injury, came back in a big way for No. 3 Memphis, finishing with nine points, 12 rebounds and five blocks in the Tigers' 63-53 victory over Oklahoma on Thursday night in the semifinals of the 2K Sports College Hoop Classic. Memphis (3-0) will face Connecticut, which beat Gardner-Webb 78-66, on Friday night at Madison Square Garden in the championship game of the tournament that benefits Coaches vs. Cancer.

November 27, 2007 - Tigers Overwhelm Eventual NCAA Tournament Team Austin Peay, 104-82
Freshman Derrick Rose had 19 points and 12 assists, and No. 3 Memphis shot 64 percent from the floor Tuesday night in a 104-82 victory over Austin Peay. Rose shot 6-of-8 as Memphis (6-0) built the lead to 23 early in the second half.

December 5, 2007 - No. 2 Memphis Downs No. 24 USC, 62-58
Rose gave Memphis the lead for good with two free throws 39 seconds into overtime and Douglas-Roberts made it 58-54 with a putback. Mayo's driving basket with 15 seconds left was USC's first field goal in 12:38 and made it 61-58. Rose made one of two free throws with 12 seconds left for the final margin.

Derrick Rose goes to the basket against USC's Dwight Lewis during the second half of their game on December 5.


December 19, 2007 - Rose Tallies Career-High 26 Points As No. 2 Tigers Top Bearcats
Memphis has won its last three against Cincinnati, with a freshman playing the leading role all three times. Two years ago, Antonio Anderson had a career-high 32 points against Cincinnati. Last season, Willie Kemp scored 21 in an 88-55 win. This time was Rose's turn.

December 22, 2007 - No. 2 Memphis Notches Convincing Victory Over No. 5 Georgetown, 85-71
John Calipari wanted to test his Memphis Tigers. Junior guard Chris Douglas-Roberts snapped out of his personal slump and helped them pass in dominating fashion. Douglas-Roberts scored 24 points, Robert Dozier added 19 and the second-ranked Tigers beat No. 5 Georgetown 85-71 on Saturday, extending the nation's second-longest home winning streak to 37 games.

Decemer 29, 2007 - Tigers Cruise to 76-63 Win over No. 17 Arizona
Robert Dozier had 18 points, Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 17 and second-ranked Memphis beat No. 17 Arizona 76-63 on Saturday night, the third time the Tigers have knocked off a ranked opponent this season.

January 9, 2008 - Memphis Routs ECU 99-58 in Conference USA Opener
After a pre-conference schedule that included Georgetown, Arizona, Connecticut and Southern California, the second-ranked Tigers caught a rhythm in the second half Wednesday night, defeating East Carolina 99-58.

Robert Dozier looks for the ball in a conference game against ECU.


January 23, 2008 - No. 1 Memphis Remains Unbeaten With Win Over Eventual CBI Champion Tulsa
Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 20 points, and reserve Shawn Taggart scored 12 of his 14 in the second half to help No. 1 Memphis beat pesky Tulsa 56-41 Wednesday night and avoid the fate that befell the Tigers their only other time with the No. 1 ranking 25 years earlier.

January 26, 2008 - No. 1 Tigers Improve to 19-0 with 81-73 Win over Gonzaga Bulldogs
John Calipari knew his Memphis Tigers would need a little jolt right about now. That's why he wanted to play Gonzaga at this point of the season. He got what he hoped for from the Bulldogs. And his top-ranked Tigers still won.

January 30, 2008 - Tigers Win at Houston, 89-77, for Best Start in School History
Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 30 points and Joey Dorsey grabbed 22 rebounds, matching a career high, as Memphis equaled the best start in school history with an 89-77 win over Houston. About the same time the Tigers closed out the Cougars, the Jayhawks lost 84-75 to Kansas State. Calipari only cares that his team seems to be improving with each game.

February 1, 2008 - Rose Named A 2008 Cousy Award Finalist
University of Memphis' Derrick Rose has been named one of 16 finalists for the 2008 Bob Cousy Award, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., announced Friday. The 16 finalists were chosen from a pool of over 60 candidates from NCAA Division I, II and III institutions.

Derrick Rose was named a finalist for the 2008 Bob Cousy Award given to the nation's best point guard.


February 16, 2008 - Douglas-Roberts' Heroics Cap Comeback Win at UAB
After Douglas-Roberts made his shot, the Blazers' Robert Vaden missed badly on an off-balance 3-point attempt and Lawrence Kinnard grabbed the long rebound. He heaved up a shot in the paint that went in, and officials promptly headed to the scorer's table to watch replays. They ruled with only a brief double-check that Kinnard didn't get the shot off in time. He already knew it. UAB (17-8, 7-3) is the last C-USA team to beat Memphis, 715days earlier.

February 18, 2008 - Memphis, Tennessee Top AP poll, Setting Up 1 vs. 2 Matchup
Get ready for No. 1 vs. No. 2. Memphis survived its closest game of the season to remain the lone unbeaten and a unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll Monday.

February 24, 2008 - Vols Upset Tigers in #1 vs. #2 Matchup
Volunteers' Tyler Smith hit a turnaround jumper in the lane with 26.5 seconds left and No. 2 Tennessee knocked off the nation's last unbeaten team, edging top-ranked Memphis 66-62 on Saturday night. "We've just got to learn from it. We lost," Robert Dozier said. "They just out-toughed us. They get every loose ball, every offensive rebound. They just outplayed us."

March 8, 2008 - Tigers Finish Season with Dominating Win over UAB, 94-56
Dorsey had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 2 Memphis to a 94-56 victory over UAB on Saturday that capped a second straight perfect Conference USA season for the Tigers. "It ought to be Senior Night every night for Joey," Memphis swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts said, marveling at the resurrection of the forward's play.

Joey Dorsey fights for a rebound with UAB forward Frank Holmes in the final game of the regular season.


March 10, 2008 - Four Tigers Earn All-Conference USA Honors
In a year of records and firsts, the University of Memphis set another when the All-Conference USA teams were announced by the league office on Monday. Four Tigers picked up All-C-USA honors, marking the first time that has occurred in school history.

March 10, 2008 - Douglas-Roberts, Rose Named Wooden Award Finalists
University of Memphis' Chris Douglas-Roberts and Derrick Rose are two of 24 players from across the nation named to the final John R. Wooden Award ballot, The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Monday. The Wooden Award has been given to the nation's top collegiate player since 1976.

March 11, 2008 - Douglas-Roberts Named USBWA District 4 Player Of The Year
University of Memphis' Chris Douglas-Roberts has been named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) District 4 Player of the Year, the organization announced Tuesday. Derrick Rose joined Douglas-Roberts on the USBWA All-District 4 squad.

March 8, 2008 - Calipari Named Jim Phelan National Coach Of The Year Finalist
University of Memphis head coach John Calipari has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2008 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award, collegeinsider.com announced Wednesday. It is the second-consecutive year Calipari is up for the honor, as he was a Jim Phelan Coach of the Year finalist in 2007.

John Calipari was a finalist for the Kim Phelan, Henry Iba, and Naismith Coach of the Year Awards.


March 13, 2008 - Douglas-Roberts Named To ESPN.com All-America First Team
Make it another All-America honor for the University of Memphis' Chris Douglas-Roberts. On Thursday, ESPN.com named the Tiger junior to its All-America first team, marking the third All-America squad honor this week.

March 15, 2008 - Memphis Cruises To Third Straight C-USA Championship Title
John Calipari doesn't have to lobby for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament - his Memphis Tigers let their play talk for him. Antonio Anderson scored 19 points, and No. 2 Memphis added a third straight Conference USA tournament championship to the Tigers' third consecutive regular-season title by routing Tulsa 77-51 Saturday for a 42nd straight league win in a dominating performance.

March 16, 2008 - Tigers Earn South Region's No. 1 Seed
Well, it's something Tiger Nation has been waiting for the entire season, and it was confirmed Sunday with the NCAA Tournament Selection show. Memphis is the South Region No. 1 seed and opens NCAA Tournament play against UT Arlington in North Little Rock, Ark., Friday, March 21.

March 24, 2008 - Chris Douglas-Roberts Named Naismith Men's College Player of the Year Finalist
University of Memphis junior guard Chris Douglas-Roberts was named one of four finalists for the 2008 Naismith Men's College Player of the Year Award presented by AT&T, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Monday. He is joined on the list of finalists by Michael Beasley (Kansas State), Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina) and Kevin Love (UCLA).

The Tigers won their third straight C-USA Tournament Title and were given the No. 1 Seed in the South for the NCAA Tournament.


March 22, 2008 - Douglas-Roberts, Rose Help Memphis Overcome Scrappy Newcomer UT Arlington
The top-seeded Tigers overcame their own raggedness, not to mention a scrappy effort by newcomer UT Arlington, with an 83-67 victory Friday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament. "The first game is a hard one for everybody," Calipari said. "You hope you just come out and blow somebody out, but the other team is playing inspired. It just doesn't happen very often."

March 29, 2008 - Memphis Routs Michigan State, 92-74
The mighty Memphis Tigers defeated Michigan State and embarrassed all those naysayers who suggested they were the most suspect of the top seeds in this year's NCAA tournament. The final score Friday night: Memphis 92, Michigan State 74, but really, it was worse than that.

March 30, 2008 - Tigers Take Down Texas, 85-67, to Advance to the Final Four
John Calipari has a good reason for calling his Memphis Tigers a "Dream Team" - a kid from Chicago who wears No. 23 and makes plays that bring fans out of their seats. With freshman Derrick Rose soaring and scoring, Memphis ended two years of regional final failure and routed Texas 85-67 Sunday to reach the Final Four. The victory backed up the Tigers' season-long reign near the top of the poll and made them the third No. 1 seed headed to San Antonio.

April 4, 2008 - A Year After Title Hopes Ended at the Alamodome, Memphis Hopes to be Crowned Champs There
Remember the Alamo - uh, Alamodome, that is. Sure, it's not the most original catchphrase. But it's worked out pretty well for the Memphis Tigers. Memphis' 2007 season ended with a regional finals loss to Ohio State. A picture from that game has hung in their gym all season, reminding them of narrowly missing the Final Four and of trying to get back to that very building, the site of this season's Final Four.

Memphis players display the NCAA South Regional trophy after defeating Texas, 85-67, in the NCAA South Regional.


April 4, 2008 - A Rose That Has Only Begun to Bloom
There is no shortage of cautionary tales in the neighborhood where Derrick Rose grew up. "It's surprising that a little kid from Englewood, the South Side of Chicago, would come this far," Memphis' savvy freshman guard marveled one more time Friday. And perhaps go farther still.

April 5, 2008 - Tigers Stifle UCLA 78-63 to Reach NCAA Final
Derrick Rose showed off his dazzling array of signature moves, and UCLA could do little but watch. Flying from all angles, the Tigers took their show to a new level Saturday, romping 78-63 to reach the NCAA championship game.Rose wasn't content to merely make shots, he wanted to stamp this Final Four as his own with a series of show-stoppers.

April 6, 2008 - Closer Than Ever, Calipari Still Standing on the Accelerator
His team was up 14 points with a minute to go, moseying back toward the bench for a final time-out that seemed like little more than a formality. Yet John Calipari was already three steps out onto the floor, sweat ringing the collar of an impeccably tailored gray suit, waiting for them and still screaming.

April 6, 2008 - New Offense Leads Calipari, Memphis Within One Win of National Championship
By nature, coaching is a business of copycats. That puts John Calipari on the verge of becoming one of the most mimicked men in his profession. The "dribble-drive motion" offense he uses is among the hottest things going in hoops these days, and his Memphis Tigers show it to the world for the final time this season in Monday night's championship game against Kansas.

Chris Douglas-Roberts averaged 23.3 points per game in the NCAA tournament.


April 6, 2008 - Kansas Defense Will Face Test Against Memphis in NCAA National Championship
Two statistics stood out in Kansas' 84-66 victory over North Carolina in the national semifinals. The Tar Heels shot a season-low 35.8 percent from the floor, and they had 18 turnovers, four more than their average.

April 6, 2008 - Memphis' Douglas-Roberts: A 1-on-1 Sensation Who is Darn Good at the 5-on-5 Game, Too
Want to play ball? Here are the rules: 1-on-1, starting at the top of the key. No more than two dribbles. Score and you get a point and a new challenger. Miss and the defender gets the ball, while you go to the back of the line. First to 12 wins. On the Memphis Tigers, everyone is playing for second place, because Chris Douglas-Roberts never loses. Never? "Never," confirmed teammate Robert Dozier.

April 7, 2008 - Tigers Fall in OT to Jayhawks in NCAA Final
Mario Chalmers' 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation put the game in overtime, and Kansas pulled away to a 75-68 victory on Monday night for its first national championship since Danny and the Miracles 20 years ago. Chalmers' game-saving 3 came after Memphis missed four of five free throws that would have put the game and the title out of reach. It completed a comeback from nine points down with 2:12 left.

April 8, 2008 - Rose Nearly Lifted Memphis to a Title
Derrick Rose scored a three-point play on one of his wild, pump-filled dashes to the rim and made a crazy-good long bank shot off an inbounds pass. Memphis' sensational freshman approached a triple-double despite a Kansas defense stacked against him and powered a game-changing stretch, scoring 14 points and assisting on the only other basket in a run that took his team from down by three to up by seven.

April 8, 2008 - NCAA All-Tournament Team, Tournament Leaders
Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 140 points during the NCAA tournament - more than any other player - and Derrick Rose finished with 125, good for the third-highest output. Both Tigers were named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team, and Memphis finished with an NCAA-record 38 victories.

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