The Memphis Tigers and Louisville Cardinals entered the season with high expectations. Well, both have been semi-disappointing and both will be taking the court against one another later on tonight. Which team needs the victory more, though.
Louisville is still ranked in the top 12 in both major polls, it has two losses and it has not beaten a single ranked opponent. Memphis is one loss away from being booted out of the top 25, it has three losses and has a statement victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
With that in mind, I am going to say that both teams need the win equally. I know ties are no fun, but it is true. If the Cardinals lose, they will no longer be taken seriously as a national title contender and if Memphis loses, it will be considered yet another disappointing team with a bunch of talent.
Both scenarios are a little harsh, but that is the life of college basketball.
This is the perfect opportunity for either team to get back on track, but clearly only one team is going to be able to do that. Luckily, these two will meet again on March 1. That game could mean even more since that whole NCAA tournament thing will be right around the corner and since these two will more than likely be in the race for an AAC title.
Still bummed out about that tie? Well, I will break it for you then. Louisville needs the W more. It really has no impressive victories. If the Cardinals didn’t win a national championship last season, they might not be ranked right now. That is a huge might, though. They certainly wouldn’t be ranked as high as No. 8. However, the voters are clearly giving them the benefit of the doubt.
The Tigers already have their big non-conferene win and they also beat LSU.
No matter what the outcome is, I am sure fans are hoping for an exciting matchup and hopefully they get it. Both teams should make the dance, but that is not a guarantee.
If Louisville plans on staying relevant and repeating as national champs, it can start by knocking off the ranked Memphis Tigers.