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Memphis vs. Tennessee: A look back at the rivalry

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As Tennessee and Memphis wraps up it's 8-year contract, here's a look back at the memorable moments from the series.

This heated rivalry began back on January 18, 2006.Tennessee visited the 4th ranked Tigers at Fed Ex Forum.

It was intense from the opening tip. Dane Bradshaw even took a shot to the face. Afterward said he felt like he was in a boxing match out there.

The Tigers took round one 88-79.

The following year, the Tigers, ranked 16th at the time, came to Rocky Top and got served a nice helping of revenge

Chris Lofton put up a career-high 34 points in the 76-58 win.

By 2008, Bruce Pearl built the Vols into one of the top teams in the county. His visit in Memphis was probably one of the most significant games in his career.

The 2nd ranked Vols visited undefeated and top ranked Memphis.

The back and forth game was decided in the last 28 seconds when Tyler Smith knocked down the turnaround jumper, and the Vols won the I-40 showdown 66-62...

A few days later, Tennessee earned it's first ever number one ranking.


The tide turned the other way in 2009.

Down by one with 5 seconds left, Smith tried to hit another game winner. It was off the mark, and Memphis went back home stealing a 54-52 win at Thompson-Boling.


After that season, Calipari left for Kentucky. Replacing him was a young 31-year-old in Josh Pastner.

Tennessee dominated the rookie in his first two years, winning back to back games in 2010 2011.


Last season, Cuonzo Martin took his first trip across the state as the Vols Head Coach, and despite a big showing by Trae Golden, the Vols fell 69-51

So right now the record stands: Vols-4, Tigers-3.

With final last tip Friday night.










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