Memphis Tigers Have Longest Active Winning Streak in College Basketball
Well, the Memphis Tigers are actually tied for the longest active winning streak in college basketball with the Akron Zips (Oh semantics). With their 17th straight victory Tuesday night, the Tigers notched their 17th win in a row, sharing the title with Akron. While neither team plays in the most dominate conference in the history of the world, it is still a nice accomplishment, one that will surely have both dancing in the NCAA Tournament.
For Memphis, despite the winning streak, they sit atop Conference USA by only two games. Only the Southern Miss Golden Eagles have a realistic, albeit slim, chance to catch the Tigers for the regular season conference championship. The two conference foes will face each other Friday in a game with big time ramifications. Memphis has already beaten Southern Miss on the Golden Eagles own stomping grounds, and should be confident going into tomorrow’s game.
In the Josh Pastner era, Memphis has been known to start slow then pick it up later in the season. This season has been a much different story as the Tigers have been hitting on all cylinders for the entire season. Memphis only has three losses, each of which came against NCAA Tournament quality teams, and is the most balanced team since Pastner took over the program.
Pastner is known as a young recruiting genius, who works tirelessly to continuously land some of the best recruiting classes every year. While experience isn’t exactly flowing through his veins, it is a scary thought that he, along with his teams, will only get better with every game that passes.
A 30-win season seems likely for the Tigers, with the conference tournament and five games on their schedule still left, but it will be their play come March that determines whether this season was successful or not.
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