March 21, 2007

A&M, Memphis battle in San Antonio

On Thursday, the Texas A&M basketball team will battle Memphis in the friendly confines of the state of Texas in what will be a battle of epic proportions.

However, just because the Aggies will be playing close to home and in front of a partisan A&M crowd, don't think that the Tigers will back down. To the contrary, Memphis has a great track record playing in the state of Texas, winning 10 straight in NCAA Tournament games going back to 1962.

The Tigers also boast a rich basketball history, having played in 10 NCAA's since the last time A&M played in the Big Dance back in 1987. Then you have one of the top coaches in the nation, John Calipari, at the helm. Calipari rejuvenated this program quickly after returning to the college ranks following an unsuccessful run as an NBA head man. The Tigers advanced to the Sweet 16 last season, and are poised to go even further this year as a No. 2 seed.

Memphis currently owns the nation's longest winning streak at 24 games. The Tigers swept through an admittedly weak Conference USA schedule, and that seems to be the wild card here when looking to analyze statistics and trends.

Basically, how valid are those numbers when the opponents for the final two months of the season were the likes of Houston, Rice, East Carolina, Marshall, SMU and Tulane, to name a few?

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