Memphis Tigers Can Crack Top 10 With Good Start in AAC

By Trevor Lowry
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The Memphis Tigers haven’t been the most dominant team in college hoops this season, but they have been pretty good. However, they can really get in the national spotlight and into the top 10 with a good start in AAC play.

That is because Memphis will have a very tough stretch right off of the bat in conference play by going up against Cincinnati, Louisville and Connecticut. In between those games, the Tigers will play a struggling Temple team.

The Bearcats only have two losses on the season and could crack the top 25 with a good start in AAC play as well. Louisville and Connecticut are both ranked.

Memphis has already beaten Oklahoma State and LSU on the year. The Cowboys could earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and LSU should make the tourney field.

The Tigers are already 1-0 in conference play and they won in convincing fashion–beat USF by 15 points.

Everyone knows that this team has one of the best backcourts in college basketball. That has been evident since Day 1 of the season. The frontcourt has been in question, though.

The AAC is not going to be as tough as the old Big East, but it still has some teams that are talented enough to make the Big Dance. Memphis will play three of them right away.

It is currently ranked No. 18 in both major polls, but you have to remember that its only losses on the season came against Oklahoma State and Florida. Cracking the top 10 is not out of the question, especially with the tough stretch that Josh Pastner‘s team has ahead of it.

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