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DeSoto fans cheer Tigers to victory

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DESOTO CO., MS (WMC-TV) - Fans of the Memphis Tigers from across the country - including the Mid-South - cheered the team to victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday.

However, a couple from DeSoto County may lay claim to being two of the team's biggest fans.  When Harold Alexander isn't busy working at his computer for his company, Tiger Logistics, he and his wife Mary Francis are very busy being big Tiger fans. Just ask her what's going to happen in this year's tournament:

"I think were going all the way," Mary Francis said Thursday. "We have the potential to win. I really do think that we can go all the way to the Final Four and win it."

From the large flag in their front yard, to the office space dedicated to Big Blue, its very clear where their loyalty lies. Both are graduates of the University of Memphis, and can be classified as some of their biggest boosters.

Harold was so serious about showing support for his beloved U of M he helped create a new law in 2007, with made Memphis the first out of state university to have a vanity license plate in the state of Mississippi. 

"We had to introduce legislation in the statehouse in Jackson and get a bill passed and signed into law by the Governor allowing us to have a special license plate," Howard said.

It passed, but in order for it to become law, he had to pre-sell 200 tags at a cost of $51 dollars each. To date, Howard says, they have sold over 1000 of the license plates to devoted fans.

Mary Francis recently retired from Memphis City Schools as a teacher and counselor. She loves the players, but is most happy about one thing in particular:

"We have three seniors, and all three seniors will be getting their degrees in May," she said. "That's pretty awesome."

The Alexanders are so confident their Tigers will go all the way, they have already begun making their plans to be in Detroit for Final Four weekend.

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