Region – Seed: East – No. 8
Conference: American Athletic Conference
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
The Memphis Tigers may not have the best team entering the NCAA tournament, but they very well could have the best backcourt. That tends to happen when you have a player like Michael Dixon Jr. coming off of the bench. Dixon Jr. is averaging 11.8 points per game and is shooting 38.4 percent from behind the arc.
Josh Pastner has not coached the Tigers to a deep run in the dance yet and this could be the year that he finally pulls off that feat. However, a lot of people said that last year as well.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Joe Jackson (14.3 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Shaq Goodwin (6.6 rpg)
Leading Passer: Joe Jackson (4.5 ppg)
Bad Losses: Houston
Good Wins: Oklahoma State, Louisville (twice), SMU
Memphis has four good wins listed above and those wins were against three of the more talented teams in college basketball. Louisville is the defending national champion and Oklahoma State has Marcus Smart –future lottery pick– and two other players putting up 14 or more points per game. SMU surprised a lot of people this year and finished with a 23-9 record.
The main thing with the Tigers is their backcourt, but they do have an underrated frontcourt that consists of Shaq Goodwin and Austin Nichols. Both average nine or more points per game and four or more rebounds per game.
If you like guard play, then you are definitely going to like Memphis.
The Memphis Tigers are dancing!