Saint Louis 72

(18-11, 9-7 C-USA)

(23) Memphis 61

(21-7, 12-4 C-USA)

    9:30 PM ET, March 11, 2004

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    SLU 32 4072
    #23MEM 28 3361

    Saint Louis (17-11) at No. 24 Memphis (21-6) 9:30 pm EST

    CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- After earning a share of the Conference USA regular-season title, 24th-ranked Memphis faces Saint Louis in the quarterfinals of the league tournament at U.S. Bank Arena on Thursday.

    The Tigers earned a bye in the first round of the tournament after finishing in a five-way tie for the regular season championship. They shared the title DePaul, Cincinnati, UAB and Charlotte but were awarded the second seed due to tiebreakers.

    Memphis (21-6) lost two of its final three regular-season games after winning 11 in a row. It is in its eighth consecutive Conference USA tournament, where it has an all-time record of 4-8.

    The Tigers are 2-3 in the league tournament under coach John Calipari and are a second seed for the third time. They also were the No. 2 seed in 1996 and 2003.

    Saint Louis (17-11), which is the seventh seed, advanced to the second round with a 52-46 victory over Southern Mississippi on Wednesday.

    Phillip Hunt scored a career-high 14 points for the Billikens, who opened the second half with seven straight points after managing just 19 points in the first 20 minutes.

    Reggie Bryant, who missed the previous game for personal reasons, had 13 points and Josh Fisher added 11 for Saint Louis, which made 12-of-22 shots in the second half after going 6-of-21 from the floor in the first.

    The Tigers have a 31-23 advantage in the all-time series with the Billikens, including a 63-54 home win on February 7.


    School Info

    Conference Atlantic 10 American
    Nickname Billikens Tigers
    Type Private Public

    2003-04 Season

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