The Memphis Tigers just can’t get a win streak going. Every time they win a big game, they fall to an unranked opponent a few weeks later. When they defeated the then no. 5 Oklahoma State Cowboys, they lost to their next tough opponents, the Florida Gators. Now, after a two-game win streak that saw them beat the Louisville Cardinals, they fell to the Connecticut Huskies.
The Tigers just couldn’t contain Shabazz Napier who had a double-double, and DeAndre Daniels who combined for 40 points. This wasted a fantastic performance off the bench by former Missouri Tigers player Michael Dixon Jr., who had 16 points. Shaq Goodwin, Austin Nichols and Joe Jackson all scored in double-digits, but had less success than usual rebounding the ball. Connecticut out-rebounded Memphis by eight en route to an 83-73 win.
Luckily for Memphis, the Tigers still have matchups with Louisville and Cincinnati Bearcats, as well as the Gonzaga Bulldogs remaining. Winning these games could do a lot for their confidence, as well as push them to the top of the American Athletic Conference. Winning the AAC will be crucial moving forward.
The Tigers are still a really good team that will have a lot of success down the stretch. However, they have to put a lot more effort going forward or risk falling to a much lower seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. A low seed could be a death wish for the hit-and-miss Tigers, who clearly have the potential to make a deep run in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.