Fans celebrate #1 ranking - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

Fans celebrate #1 ranking

While Tiger shoppers search for new t-shirts, Tiger printers press new t-shirts. But the Tiger coach already has his new T-shirt, a wardrobe addition delighting Memphis Tigers basketball fans.

"Martin Luther King day. We become number one. Isn't it amazing," head coach John Calipari said.

Both college basketball polls rank the Memphis Tigers number one in the nation.

Proud, the Andersons' hit The Tiger Gift Shop in search of their own new additions to wardrobes already blue and gray.

"We're just thrilled that we're number one today," Tammy Anderson said.

They aren't alone. The number one news is good for business, too.

But with bragging rights freshly earned, Tiger shoppers can't yet wear them on their chests because they are still on the printing press.

"It's been a long time we've had it in the hopper for the last five years," Bill Alexander of Blue Planet said.

Coming off at a rate of 120 per hour, printers plan to stay up all night to produce 1,500 of the shirts.

While the coach already has one, he says the entire Tiger hoops family shares what earned it in the first place. Hard work, determination, and hope. Hope that the t-shirt that applies right now, might also apply at season's end.

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