SAN ANTONIO -- John Calipari realizes Memphis is again at a disadvantage in the NCAA tournament -- despite having a better seed.
The second-seed Tigers play Number Three-seed Texas A&M in
the South Regional semifinal in San Antonio tonight -- and the Memphis coach knows most of the fans in the Alamodome will be rooting for the Aggies.
The A&M campus is just about a two-and-a-half-hour drive
from the Alamodome.
Memphis is in the N-C-A-A round of 16 for the second straight
year with a 24-game winning streak that's the nation's longest.
Texas A&M hasn't been this far in the tournament since 1980.
But in three seasons under Billy Gillispie, the Aggies have gone
from an on-and-16 record in the Big 12 to the N-C-A-A regional
semis and a school-record 27 victories.
The Aggies now get a chance to do what Texas did four years ago
in the same building -- earn a spot in the Final Four by winning
twice in front of their own fans.