Matchup: Memphis Tigers (13-7) vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs (21-1)
You may or may not know this: Gonzaga is really, really good at basketball this year. As for Memphis, it has a bunch of work to do if it plans on dancing.
Who knows, the Tigers may even have to win their conference tournament just to make the NCAA tournament. If the Bulldogs lost the rest of their games, they would still make it. Okay, that isn’t necessarily true, but they have been impressive so far, with their only loss coming to the Arizona Wildcats in OT.
What to Watch For
Austin Nichols is leading Memphis in scoring at 13.3 points per game. Needless to say, the Tigers lost a bunch of talent over the offseason, especially when it comes to guards.
Kyle Wiltjer is leading the way for Gonzaga in the scoring department, but four other Bulldogs are putting up 10 or more PPG. There are a bunch of players opposing teams have to watch out for on this stacked Gonzaga team, but Wiltjer and Kevin Pangos definitely deserve the most attention.
If this was last year, I would like Memphis’ chances a heck of a lot better. In fact, the Tigers won the meeting last year. With so many scoring threats no longer on the team, and with Gonzaga beating everyone in sight, I have to give the nod to the Bulldogs.
At the rate Gonzaga is going, it very well could end up earning a No. 1 seed in the tourney. However, let’s let it worry about beating Memphis first.
Memphis 63, Gonzaga 81