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2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 George Washington

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This NCAA tournament matchup will feature two very different teams. The Memphis Tigers bring arguably the best backcourt in college basketball to the table, while the George Washington Colonials have a solid frontcourt.

If the frontcourt of the Tigers comes to play, they will win this game easily. After receiving a No. 8 seed and not making it to the AAC tournament championship, I could see both of those things happening. Josh Pastner is a great coach and he will have his team prepared for this game.

What to Watch For

How the Tigers’ backcourt matches up with the Colonials’ and how the Colonials’ frontcourt matches up with the Tigers’.

Joe Jackson leads the charge for Memphis, but two others are averaging 11+ and players like Michael Dixon Jr. could take over this game if his shot is on.

As good as George Washington’s frontcourt is, Maurice Greek is one to watch out for. He is leading the team with 14.3 points per game. Creek is also shooting 40.6 percent from deep and has made 78 threes on the year.

Prediction

Jost Pastner is bound to coach his team on a run in the dance and I believe this will be the year. The Tigers have all of the talent in the world, they just need to put it all together. Both teams have played pretty tough schedules which should have them prepared for this game. I would have liked to see both teams make a run, but that won’t happen since they have to play each other right off the bat.

Memphis 77 George Washington 63

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