5 Reasons Why Memphis Will Win the 2014 NCAA Tournament

5 Reasons Why Memphis Will Win the 2014 NCAA Tournament

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The Memphis Tigers earned a No. 8 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, but they are a lot better than most people realize. They defeated some of the best teams in the country but just didn’t match up well with Connecticut, who accounted for three of their nine losses. Here are five reasons the Tigers can win the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

5. Josh Pastner

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5. Josh Pastner

Josh Pastner
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Pastner is a great college basketball coach but just has bad luck when it comes to the NCAA Tournament. Expect him to turn it around with one of the most all-around talented teams he’s had in his time as head coach.

4. Regular Season Games

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4. Regular Season Games

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Memphis beat the No. 4 seed Louisville, twice, and only lost to the No. 1 overall seed Florida Gators by two. The Tigers will believe they can beat anyone in this tournament.

3. Veterans

Michael Dixon Jr.
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3. Veterans

Michael Dixon Jr.
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A lot of the players on this Memphis team have played in the 2014 NCAA Tournament before. Experience goes a long way once your team is a few rounds in.

2. Joe Jackson

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2. Joe Jackson

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Jackson leads the Tigers in scoring, but he is also one of the fastest guards in college basketball. He could cause major problems for opposing teams.

1. Michael Dixon Jr.

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1. Michael Dixon Jr.

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As all-around talented as Memphis is, they can’t do it all by themselves. Dixon has provided the team with crucial points off the bench multiple times this season. His success is key to the team.

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