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Memphis Tigers
RECORD: 23 - 6 REGION: West  SEED: 7
COACH: John Calipari CONFERENCE: American
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Road to the Final Four  ...................................................................................

PREVIOUS GAMES
OPPONENT ROUND RESULT
Arizona St 1st Round L 84 - 71


ESPN'S TAKE
 

with Jay Bilas

 

This is a good team with a great inside presence in Chris Massie. Opponents have double-teamed Massie since he joined the team in January. He has answered the call by averaging a double-double. Rodney Carney is a high flying athlete that can hit shots, while Antonio Burks is a good point guard that can score and distribute. John Calipari has a group of overachievers that reminds you of his teams at UMass. Memphis is a good defensive team and a tough-minded group.

Player to Watch

Chris Massie
Think Coach Cal is happy Mr. Massie hit the books during the fall semester? NCAAs are much more fun than season of NBDL.

Team Statistics
 
Points Per Game 66.2
Rebounds Per Game 38.4
Assists Per Game 12.7
Steals Per Game 6.2
Blocks Per Game 6.7
Turnovers Per Game 16.8
Field Goal % .435
Free Throw % .673
3-Point % .341
3-Pointers Per Game 1.4
Scoring Margin 11.4

How They Got Here
This time, Memphis didn't have to sweat out Selection Sunday -- or feel lousy after the brackets were released without the Tigers.

The Tigers were left out last year and had to settle for winning the NIT. This time around they're not only in the Dance, they're among the more dangerous teams coming in.

Memphis bolted out of the gate with an attention-grabbing opening win over Syracuse on a neutral floor, the added another high-voltage win over Illinois in December. When muscleman Chris Massie regained his eligibility after the first semester, the Tigers looked like a dark horse title contender.

Then came an ugly January stretch in which Memphis lost to lesser lights South Florida, Saint Louis and Southern Mississippi by an incomprehensible 17 in Hattiesburg. All of a sudden it looked like the Tigers were coming a cropper.

But a soft stretch of schedule served to rebuild confidence, and then Memphis went into Freedom Hall and authoritatively handled Louisville for 40 minutes. That certified the Tigers as a legitimate national power, and they kept on winning until running into an inspired Cardinals team in a C-USA tournament rematch. They ended the regular season on an 11-game winning streak, getting great play from point guard Antonio Burks during that stretch.

What We Like
Memphis is finishing on a powerful roll. It might have best low-post offensive player in the country in Massie -- at the very least he's the strongest. Calipari surrounds him with enough three-ball shooters to make the Tigers a nightmare to defend. Calipari has done very well in March, be it the Big Dance or the little one (NIT). This team doesn't lapse often on defense, either.

What We Don't Like
Any team reliant on three-ball at least stands a chance of shooting itself out of the Dance, especially if Massie is blanketed inside. There's not a player on the team with a shred of NCAA experience, and the Tigers still have some moments where you question the overall IQ of this team.

ROSTER
NO NAME HT WT YR  PPG RPG APG MPG FG% FT% 3PT%
  Chris Massie 6-9  253 Sr 16.510.71.529.5.603.661.000
  John Grice 6-6  205 Sr 11.76.41.627.9.406.764.376
  Rodney Carney 6-7  205 Sr 9.94.81.125.2.435.631.360
  Jeremy Hunt 6-5  210 Sr 9.72.32.522.5.364.598.360
  Antonio Burks 6-0  195 Sr 9.52.15.626.5.474.729.200
  Billy Richmond G-F  6-5  207 Jr 9.03.41.822.0.417.489.290
  Anthony Rice 6-4  215 Sr 8.82.92.429.3.380.600.367
  Earl Barron 7-0  245   7.95.40.921.4.394.814.111
  Duane Erwin 6-9  250 Sr 2.23.00.513.1.553.440.000
  Nathaniel Root 5-11  175 Sr 1.51.00.97.0.2631.000.286
  Clyde Wade 6-0  185 Sr 1.40.61.27.4.361.667.167
  Modibo Diarra 6-11  252 Sr 1.01.70.26.7.500.500.000
  Patrick Byrne      Fr 0.00.00.00.5.000.000.000
  Almamy Thiero F-C  6-9  255 Sr 0.00.00.01.0.000.000.000
  Garrick Green 6-1  160 So 0.00.00.00.5.000.000.000
  Brian Mitchell 6-0  170 Sr 0.00.00.00.5.000.000.000



LAST 5 GAMES LEADERS
OPPONENT RESULT POINTS REBOUNDS ASSISTS
@ UABW, 90-79   
@ HoustonW, 71-56   
CincinnatiW, 67-48   
TCUW, 88-64   
@ South FloridaW, 73-66   


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