March 22, 2007

In-Depth - Memphis

When third-seeded Texas A&M faces second-seeded Memphis Thursday at 6:27 p.m. in the South region semifinals at the Alamodome in San Antonio the Aggies will be a favorite besides being the lower seed.

Memphis has its fair share of doubters as the Aggies have been picked by what seems the majority of the national pundits. Think that is giving the Tigers any fuel for their Thursday match up?

You bet it is.

But the facts remain that Memphis hasn't beaten many good teams on its schedule. During its current 24-game win streak Memphis the Tigers have beaten just three NCAA tournament teams, and that includes its opponents in the first and second rounds North Texas and Nevada. The other came in a one-point overtime victory at Gonzaga.

Memphis does own two other wins over NCAA tournament teams this season. In the non-conference portion of the season the Tigers opened with a win over SWAC champions Jackson State, which was a 16th seed in the tournament. Memphis also beat Kentucky on a neutral court, 80-63.

Memphis' three losses came against three tournament teams. They lost to Georgia Tech, 92-85, in Maui. They dropped a road game to inner-state rival and fellow San Antonio regional semifinalist Tennessee, 76-58 and another road game to Arizona, 79-71.

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