Memphis Tigers Aim to Complete Undefeated Conference USA Regular Season on Saturday

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On Saturday afternoon, the Memphis Tigers will take the court for the final team this regular season, aiming to complete an undefeated run within Conference USA.

The Tigers are in their final season as a member of the league, making the move to the Big East Conference effective next season. At 15-0 within the C-USA on the year, Memphis has seemed virtually untouchable during league play. This however, was only to be expected.

Joe Jackson and Adonis Thomas pace the team offensively and at 26-4 overall on the season, it’s difficult to see just how much potential the Tigers could have within the NCAA Tournament. After a sluggish start removed them from consideration within the top 25, Memphis has responded by reeling off 20 wins over the course of their past 21 games. They are also 24-2 in their last 26 and have reemerged within the national rankings.

That’s impressive, no matter your competition may be. Sure, Memphis may not have the strength of schedule that compares to the likes of power conference members across the country, but what they have done this season is still worth noting.

On Saturday, UAB comes to town in a game that represents the final regular season contest for each team. With a win, Memphis will complete a 16-0 regular season within the league. It will mark the first time that Memphis has go undefeated in regular season action since the 2008-09 season. The Tigers lost in the Sweet 16 that same year.

Memphis has talent and their ability to score the basketball will only help them once tournament time arrives.

Tip-off between the Tigers and Blazers is scheduled for 12:00pm (EST) on Saturday.

 

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