No. 18/19 Tigers Enter December Wednesday Night at Georgia


MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Memphis Tigers begin a stretch of four games against Southeastern Conference foes in their next five contests Wednesday night at Georgia. Tip-off in Athens is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. CT on SEC Network.
 
Memphis is ranked No. 18 in this week’s Associated Press poll and 19th in the coaches poll after falling from No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. Georgia enters the contest with a 2-5 mark, and the game against Memphis is its second on an eight-game, 37-day homestand.
 
The Tigers’ 18-day stretch of games against Georgia, Ole Miss, Alabama and Tennessee marks the most games against SEC opponents the program has played in a season since 2001-02. That year, the Tigers defeated Tennessee and lost to Alabama, Ole Miss and Arkansas in the regular season, before also beating South Carolina in the NIT Championship game.
 
The night before the Georgia game, Tiger redshirt-junior Landers Nolley II will travel to nearby Fairburn, Ga., to have his jersey retired at Langston Hughes HS. He is the first player in Langston Hughes’ 12-year history to earn this honor. Nolley II won two state championships while at Langston Hughes and still holds the school record for career points in only two seasons of play.
 
After Wednesday’s game, the Tigers remain on the road and head to Ole Miss Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2. The Tigers then return to FedExForum to host Murray State on Dec. 10 and nationally-ranked Alabama on Dec. 14.
 
GAME DETAILS
#18/19 Memphis Tigers (5-1) at Georgia (2-5)
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 | 6:15 p.m. CT
Stegeman Coliseum (10,523); Athens, Ga.
Television: SEC Network (Tom Hart, pxp; Daymeon Fishback, analysis)
Radio: 98.9 THE ROAR OF MEMPHIS (Dave Woloshin, pxp; Matt Dillon, analysis)
Satellite: Sirius 136 / XM 201 / SXM App 964
 
BY THE NUMBERS

  • 4: Top-10 teams in last week’s AP Top 25 poll also lost a game (No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 2 UCLA, No. 4 Kansas, No. 10 Alabama).
  • 6: Statistical categories in which Memphis currently leads the AAC (scoring offense, FG%, FG% defense, rebounding, steals per game, blocks per game).
  • 15-2: Memphis’ record over the last two seasons when attempting more free throws than its opponent, including 3-0 this season.
  • 1: Freshman in the nation, Memphis’ Jalen Duren, currently averaging at least 11.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game.
  • 5.3: Average margin of victory in the three all-time meetings between Memphis and Georgia; the last two, both Bulldog wins, have been decided by a total of five points.

THE LAST TIME OUT

  • The Tigers absorbed their first loss of the season with a 78-59 setback to unbeaten Iowa State Friday night in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • No. 9/10 Memphis (5-1) shot 35.8 percent from the floor (19-53), committed 22 turnovers and were outrebounded for the first time this season, 42-34.
  • Iowa State (6-0) was led by Gabe Kalscheur‘s 30 points and eight rebounds.
  • Emoni Bates had 12 points and three blocked shots, and Landers Nolley II ended with 11 points for the Tigers.
  • Alex Lomax and Lester Quinones had eight points apiece for Memphis.

NOTING THE BULLDOGS

  • Georgia returns one starter and five letterwinners from last season’s team that went 14-12 overall and 7-11 in SEC play.
  • To go along with the returners Georgia brings in seven transfers, who arrive in Athens with the largest addition of points to a program this season in Division I basketball at 4,782.
  • The Bulldogs were picked to finish last in the SEC in this year’s preseason media poll.
  • Georgia did not have any players selected to either the media or coaches’ preseason teams.
  • Of Georgia’s five losses on the year, two are by five or fewer points and two are by 10 points apiece.
  • Georgia graduate student P.J. Horne was one of two Bulldogs to start all 26 games in 2020-21, and he was the team’s top 3-point shooter with 46 makes.
  • He was teammates with Memphis redshirt-junior Landers Nolley II at Virginia Tech in 2019-20.
  • Nolley II averaged 15.5 points per game for the Hokies that season, and Horne contributed 7.6 points and 4.2 boards per outing.

How to follow the Tigers: For complete information on Memphis Tiger Men’s Basketball, visit www.GoTigersGo.com and follow the team’s social media channels on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.





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NBL tip-off set for December, with fans


The NBL will open its season in early December with two competition pools in play as they look to avoid travel restrictions and maximise crowd attendance.

Newcomers Tasmania JackJumpers will host the first match of the season against the Adelaide 36ers in Hobart on Friday, December 3.

In a double-header opening night, the Perth Wildcats then face the Brisbane Bullets at RAC Arena in Perth.

Originally set for November 18, tip-off has been rescheduled with the NBL saying the priority is getting supporters back into stadiums.

“While it’s only a few weeks later than we originally planned, the new start date gives us a greater level of comfort and flexibility as we navigate through the current environment and prioritise having our growing number of fans courtside around the country and in New Zealand,” NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said on Tuesday.

Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide, Perth and Tasmania square off over the first four rounds while the four teams based in states who have battled recent COVID-19 outbreaks – NSW and Victoria – meet early.

The New Zealand Breakers, who will play out of Australia until the New Year, open against Cairns but swing between pools with their home base still to be decided.

“We’ve split our teams into geographic regions, but that won’t affect the full schedule in terms of who plays who and how many times,” Loeliger said.

“The expectation is that relatively early in the new year, as borders continue to open, that we go back to a more traditional home and away season.

“I expect it will be January or February before things truly open up again.”

He was confident crowds would be able to attend all venues in the opening round.

Melbourne begin their championship defence on December 5 against the Kings in Sydney, with ex-NBA star Matthew Dellavedova making his NBL debut for United.

Other highlights of the schedule include a Boxing Day triple-header with games in Sydney, Brisbane and Tasmania while Illawarra and Cairns will host games on New Year’s Eve.

Loeliger said they would try to improve conditions for the Breakers, who spent over 160 days on the road in nine different bases last season.

“Certainly they did it harder than anyone else and we’re hopeful we’ll get them back into New Zealand early in 2022; we want to play home games in front of fans as often as possible,” Loeliger said.

“The reality is we don’t yet know when the (trans-Tasman) bubble will open up but we are very keen to ensure there is the least disruption to the Breakers and we hope to make them as comfortable as possible as soon as possible.”

Loeliger said the NBL had contingencies built into the schedule for when borders reopen, vaccination rates hit targets and crowds are allowed back in arenas.

“We are confident that as the country opens back up, our schedule will open up with it and we will get back to running the competition like we used to with all teams playing and travelling from their home bases.”



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United Airlines: Travel Expected to Surge in December | National News


United Airlines is gearing up for a travel surge in December, as the airline expects its largest domestic schedule since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020.

The airline announced it will fly 3,500 daily domestic flights in December, which marks United’s biggest domestic schedule since the start of the pandemic. The scheduled flights will bring the airline to just over 90% of its December 2019, pre-pandemic levels, according to a press release, “to support expected surge in holiday travel demand.”

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“We’re seeing a lot of pent-up demand in our data and are offering a December schedule that centers on the two things people want most for the holidays: warm sunshine and fresh snow,” Ankit Gupta, vice president of network planning and scheduling at United, said in a press release. “We know families and friends are eager to reunite this holiday season, which is why we’re thrilled to add new flights that will help them connect and celebrate together.”

United expects its busiest travel days for Thanksgiving will be Nov. 24 and Nov. 28, while Dec. 23 and Jan. 2 are expected to be popular days for winter holiday travel.

Like much of the leisure and hospitality industry, airlines took a big hit during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. But demand for air travel began rising as vaccinations increased and coronavirus cases decreased earlier this year, with flight bookings nearly reaching pre-pandemic levels by June.

However, the sudden rise of the delta variant this summer “all but blunted the path to recovery,” according to an Adobe Analytics analysis released in August, which recorded a second-straight month of declining bookings during the month.

But since then, airlines have been at the helm of corporate coronavirus restrictions such as vaccine mandates to keep their operations running. In August, United Airlines became the first carrier to institute a vaccine mandate for all of its employees, and just last week reported that almost all of its workers are now vaccinated. American, Alaska and JetBlue announced last week they would require vaccinations, after President Joe Biden put pressure on federal contractors and some private companies to institute vaccine mandates for employees.

“Requiring our employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the life-saving thing to do,” United CEO Scott Kirby said.



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Airlines stand by to resume UK- Australia flights from December


Flag carrier Qantas is remaining bullish on travel between the UK and Australia resuming before the end of the year.

The airline is standing by plans to resume flights to Britain from mid-December, along with routes to Fiji, Singapore, the United States, Canada and Japan. This is in line with the lifting of Australia’s ban on overseas travel, which was due to end on September 17 but has been pushed back three months.

“With vaccinations continuing to roll out across Australia, we are getting ready to reunite our customers with their family, friends, colleagues and favourite destinations around the globe,” read an email to its customers.

This follows news that Britain is rushing 4 million Pfizer doses to Australia, where authorities are scrambling to bolster supplies of the Covid-19 vaccine and protect the population against a rapidly spreading outbreak of the delta variant.

“Some people might say we’re being too optimistic, but based on the pace of the vaccine rollout, this is within reach and we want to make sure we’re ready,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. Currently, over 12.3 million people in Australia (60 per cent of the population) have been given their first dose of a vaccine, while 35 per cent are now double jabbed.

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Australia’s Foreign Travel Ban Is Extended Into December


Australia today announced that it will extend its ban on inbound and outbound international travel until mid-December, by which time it aims to have vaccinated 80 percent of its adult population.

The “human biosecurity emergency period” was formerly set to expire on September 17, but will now continue until December 17. Australian health minister Greg Hunt said that the action was taken “in line with medical advice”, according to The Telegraph.

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Those who’ve been longing to visit loved ones Down Under, as well as Ozzies who were hoping to soon visit family or friends overseas, now hold little hope of doing so before the year is out. Perhaps most crucially, the government’s decision to delay has put the possibility of Christmastime and New Year’s travel in doubt.

Australians have been unable to travel abroad since COVID-19 took hold in early 2020 (with rare exception) and the country’s borders have remained sealed to all but a handful of neighboring nations (with which ‘travel bubbles’ have been established) throughout the pandemic.

While Australia’s austere border policies have kept its COVID-19 numbers relatively low—with a recorded 56,000 or so cases and just over 1,000 deaths thus far—its vaccination rates have left something to be desired. According to Johns Hopkins’ data, only 28.85 percent of the population is already fully vaccinated at the time of publication.

New South Wales (NSW), Sydney—Australia’s largest city—has been the epicenter of the nation’s third COVID-19 wave, caused by the highly contagious Delta variant, for more than two months. Reuters pointed out that this latest outbreak has, “exposed weaknesses in the country’s vaccine rollout and forced more than half of its 25 million people into lockdown.”

NSW intends to lift local lockdown measures once 70 percent of its adult residents are fully vaccinated and was aiming to achieve this by mid-October. But, the timeline is still looking uncertain.


The famous Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia. (
The famous Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia. (photo courtesy of Collette)

According to La Prensa Latina, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Wednesday admitted that already-high hospitalization rates are likely to rise in October, but also affirmed, “At 80 percent double-dose vaccination, we can look forward to international travel and that is the plan that we all signed up to.”

Restrictions on foreign travel are set to be lifted when 80 percent of eligible Australians have been fully vaccinated. Only last week, Oz officials said it was on track to achieve that vaccination goal by December, with the expectation that international flights to low-risk countries would resume by the middle of that month. Flag carrier Qantas is already offering flights to Los Angeles, Singapore and Vancouver, to commence on December 18.

However, the Premier for Western Australia, Mark McGowan, and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk are reportedly refusing to commit to reopening their states’ borders, even after the vaccination threshold has been reached.





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SU-G’town rivalry announces latest chapter will tip-off in December


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Arguably the best rivalry in Big East history is set to hit the hardwood again this season. 

Tuesday, Syracuse announced it will travel to the nation’s capital to take on their former conference foe Georgetown Saturday, December 11 at Capital One Arena. 

96 times these two schools have met with Syracuse leading the all-time series 52-44. Last season, Buddy Boeheim led the Orange to a 74-69 victory scoring 21 points. 

Led by Hoyas-great Patrick Ewing, G’town won the Big East Tournament earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. 

Below are games that have been announced for the 2021-22 Syracuse Men’s Basketball Schedule: 

Oct. 27 Wed. PACE (Exhibition) TBD Carrier Dome  

Nov. 1 Mon. Le MOYNE (Exhibition) TBD Carrier Dome  

Nov. 9 Tues. LAFAYETTE TBD Carrier Dome  

Nov. 14 Sun. DREXEL TBD Carrier Dome 

Nov. 20 Sat. COLGATE TBD Carrier Dome  

Nov. 30 Tues. Big 10/ACC Challenge vs. Indiana TBD Carrier Dome 

Dec. 11 Saturday at Georgetown TBD Capital One Arena 

Dec. 18 Sat. LEHIGH TBD Carrier Dome 



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Immersive Monet Exhibit Debuts In San Francisco This December


Following the success of multiple interactive Vincent Van Gogh exhibits making their way across the United States — including Immersive Van Gogh and Van Gogh Alive — a new immersive art exhibition featuring the work of French painter Claude Monet will debut in San Francisco in December.

Monet by the Water commemorates the 180th anniversary of the French painter’s birth. Other stops on the multi-city tour include Minneapolis, Atlanta, Seattle, Miami, Denver, St. Louis, and Philadelphia.

Similar to the immersive exhibits featuring Dutch painter Van Gogh, the traveling Monet exhibit will use 21st-century technology to bring Monet’s impressionist paintings, such as his famous Water Lilies series, to life. 

According to one of the exhibit producers CBF Productions, the “360-degree, multisensory experience” will include more than 300 pieces of Monet’s art projected on 26-foot-high screens accompanied by original music and sound effects. It will cover 40,000 square feet, and visitors will be able to wander through the 60-minute experience.

Details On Dates, Locations Not Revealed Yet

Information on specific locations and dates for Monet by the Water is still under wraps. In fact, the event space for the San Francisco debut is being described only as a “secret location.” 

Interested in getting the scoop sooner than later? Enter your email at the event’s website to be among the first to learn about the San Francisco exhibit location, purchase early bird tickets, and receive special offers.

CBF Productions says the exhibit is designed to create a consistent experience for guests, unlike some immersive exhibits that adapt their experiences to the venue.

“We see Monet as a pioneer of immersion, completely surrounding people with the beauty and precision of his colors,” said Ricardo Dotta, co-founder of Mira, the Museum of Immersive Roaming Arts, another event producer. “In honor of this thought, with Monet by the Water we aim to extend his work through technological possibilities, generating spaces where the landscape fits the viewer’s scale.”

Another Immersive Monet Exhibit Coming To The United States

Like the competing Van Gogh immersive exhibitions, there are multiple Monet digital exhibits. 

Currently Claude Monet: The Immersive Experience is in Naples, Italy. It is scheduled to debut in Los Angeles in November — also at a “secret location.” Tickets are on sale for the Los Angeles show for $44.90 each. Details on dates and a location for a Chicago exhibit are forthcoming.

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STR: January U.S. Hotel Results Mostly Outperform December


After reporting the “worst year on record” for U.S. hotels in 2020, STR in January saw occupancy and revenue per available room metrics slightly improve from December’s results.

U.S. hotel RevPAR was down 48.2 percent year over year compared with a 51 percent drop the prior month. Occupancy levels dropped 28.3 percent to 39.3 percent compared with a level of 36.7 percent for December. Average daily rate declined 27.8 percent to $90.79. It was $91.96 in December. 

Among the top 25 markets, Oahu continued to report the lowest occupancy level (23.6 percent), which represented a 72.9 percent decrease year over year. Top occupancy performers included Miami at 54.5 percent and Tampa at 54.2 percent. Just under the 50 percent mark was Phoenix at 49.3 percent. 

Norfolk/Virginia Beach reported the lowest year-over-year declines in all three key performance metrics: 4.1 percent in occupancy, 7.2 percent in ADR and 10.9 percent in RevPAR. 

For group occupancy, the top 25 markets remained next to zero, with the exceptions of Washington, D.C., at 22.6 percent, representing an increase of 21.6 percent year over year, and Norfolk/Virginia Beach at 12 percent, a 9.3 percent increase over January 2020.

Overall, the top 25 markets showed lower occupancy but higher ADR than other markets, according to the report. Seven cities reported ADR above $100: Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Oahu, San Francisco/San Mateo, Tampa and Washington, D.C.

RELATED: STR: 2020 Worst Year on Record for U.S. Hotels



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December Holiday Travel Provides Private Aviation Boost


Global business aviation saw a surge over the December holiday period that brought activity levels to within 11 percent of those of the previous December, according to statistics released today by industry data provider WingX Advance. The segment saw a peak of 12,000 flights on December 23 and the rolling seven-day average daily activity was the highest since March when the Covid pandemic fully manifested itself in the U.S. While commercial scheduled aviation has been down by 63 percent since the start of the pandemic, WingX said business aircraft traffic was down by less than half that amount over the same period,

The U.S., which accounted for two-thirds of the private aviation traffic in December, was down by 10 percent over 2019’s total. That was an improvement over November, which was off by 16 percent year-over-year.

Charter activity was the most resilient, down by 7 percent year-over-year, while Part 91 operations, due largely to idle corporate flight departments according to WingX, were off by 17 percent. Getaway locations provided the largest draw, with Caribbean locations seeing a major bounce back, exceeding 2019 numbers in some cases by nearly 70 percent.

In Europe, the 40,000 December operations represented a 13 percent decline from 2019. While most European airports reported declines in business aviation activity for the month, some saw year-over-year increases, including Moscow’s Vnukovo (12 percent) and Istanbul’s Ataturk Airports (40 percent).

Worldwide, lighter jets saw more activity, with midsize on down all seeing improvements over their December 2019 utilization. The Phenom 300 was the most utilized private jet, with sectors flown down by only 3 percent from December 2019. Heavy Jets flew 19 percent fewer segments for the month versus a year earlier, while ultra-long-range jets saw 30 percent fewer flight hours.

“The first half of December was stagnant, but the holiday period demonstrated the enduring demand for business aviation to reach leisure getaway destinations,” said WingX managing director Richard Koe. “This is obvious in the Caribbean for the U.S. market. In Europe, the lockdowns have suppressed pent-up demand to a large extent, with the ski season postponed at best. In Russia and Turkey, stronger flight activity suggests that business aviation is filling in gaps left by erosions in scheduled services.”



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