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Memphis Tigers' Midnight Madness Draws National Media

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From ESPN.com's Andy Katz (one of many national scribes here to catch the Tigers' Midnight Madness festivities):

"Six hours prior to Memphis unveiling its most anticipated team to the general public on Friday, John Calipari was looking for someone to help him hang a Chinese dragon symbol in his office.

"'This symbolizes dominance,' Calipari said as he found the perfect spot behind his desk to hang the gold and red keepsake given to him by the Chinese Basketball Assocation delegation that he helped bring to the city the past week in a unique five-year deal with the CBA.

"Throughout the past week, Calipari has been running a clinic for the Chinese delegation, hoping his style will rub off on the Chinese as they try to enhance their basketball program.

"Well, after Friday night's Midnight Madness event in Memphis, Calipari gave the Chinese coaches some words to work on translating into Mandarin, words like hype, spontaneity and boldness ..."

Read the rest of Katz' story at ESPN.com.

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