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Tigers fans stand by team, hopeful for next season

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Tigers fans still devastated by Friday's 77-75 loss to Arizona in the NCAA men's basketball tournament said they still stand behind their team.

Some Tigers basketball fans are having a tough time accepting the loss.

"When Witherspoon went up to get the rebound, I think there was a foul that should have been called," said Tigers fan Darryll Pruitt.  "Whether or not he may have made the free throws would have made a big difference in the outcome of the game."

Others said the last second of the game knocked the wind out of them.

"I thought we were going to win at the end," said University of Memphis student Tarah Kerr.  "And then it was ... heartbreaking."

"It was a pretty good game," said University of Memphis student Tamiko Holloman.  "We're still hurt."

Loss or no loss, fans said they still have Tiger pride.

"It was a really, really good game and we did really well," said Kerr.  "I was proud of our team."

"Just still give them the love," said Holloman.  "They still need the love."

"They made it to the big dance and this game right here, they played as a team.  As a unit," said Pruitt.  "I'm proud of them."

Fans said they have high hopes for next year.

"We'll just have to wait for next year," said Holloman.  "The fans should just keep being fans."

"I think next year they'll do better," said Kerr.

"The chemistry will be there and I expect wonders next year," said Pruitt.

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