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Memphis Recap
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 12/29/2007
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- 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.

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Shawn Taggart added 15 points and seven rebounds to help the Tigers (11-0) match the second-best start in school history, dating to the 1982-83 season.

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Chase Budinger had 20 points, and Jordan Hill battled foul trouble to score 14 for the Wildcats (9-3), whose six-game winning streak ended.

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Memphis coach John Calipari scheduled tougher opponents this season to help offset the Conference USA schedule his Tigers begin playing in January. Apparently it hasn't been tough enough.

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Memphis has rolled through the thick of its daunting non-conference schedule this season much like it has through C-USA in years past: untouched.

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The Tigers already have defeated three ranked opponents -- Arizona, Georgetown, Southern California -- as well as perennial powers Oklahoma, Connecticut and Cincinnati.

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The strong schedule should not only make the Tigers better come March, it may bolster their bid for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

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They still host Gonzaga on Jan. 26, and in-state rival Tennessee on Feb. 23. The Tigers went a perfect 16-0 against C-USA opponents last season.

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The Wildcats suffered a huge blow before the game even began.

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Arizona scoring lead Jerryd Bayless was sidelined with a sprained right knee he suffered in practice Friday and will be out an undetermined amount of time.

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Arizona closed within 53-46 with 7:52 left on a dunk by Budinger, but that was as close as the Wildcats got. Memphis slowly added to its lead, and the Wildcats crumbled at the free throw line late.

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Arizona was one of the few teams this season that tried to match the speed of Memphis.

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The Wildcats played their fast-pace style, and didn't sit in a zone defense like most other teams had against

Memphis' attack offense.

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Arizona just didn't account for the Tigers' swarming defense.

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The Wildcats were held without a field goal for more than 12 minutes in the first half, washing away an early 8-point lead on their way to shooting just 27.7 percent in the first 20 minutes.

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Memphis went on a 21-2 run during that stretch to go ahead 34-24 at the break.

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