Road to perfection: John Chaney threatened John Calipari in the last memorable event to occur at a postgame podium. Now the Memphis coach is taking a page out of his nemesis' handbook, albeit with his own tweak. The wise old Owl played anyone, anywhere to put his team through a nonconference obstacle course that left little doubt as to Temple's legitimacy, no matter the condition of the Atlantic 10. Having seen the value placed on a 16-0 run through Conference USA last season (Memphis and its 33-4 record were awarded a No. 2 seed), Calipari is playing anyone. The Tigers already have dispatched three ranked teams -- USC (in New York City), Georgetown and Arizona (at home) -- plus Connecticut and Oklahoma (both in New York) to beef up their résumé in pursuit of a coveted No. 1 seed.
Memphis Tigers #2 and gaining momentum
Published: January 9, 2008, 2:42 am