9:37 PM ET, March 26, 2009
Tiller, Mizzou earn Elite 8 berth with surprising defeat of Memphis
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- When freshman Marcus Denmon swished one from three-quarters court at the halftime buzzer to put his team up by 13, it sure looked like Missouri's night.And when Mizzou later made it a 24-point lead, it looked downright easy. That's when Memphis made things interesting.
• Missouri jumped on Memphis early, moving within a win of its first Final Four. Only Boston College has more tournament wins without a Final Four appearance.
• Memphis allowed 100 points for the first time in the John Calipari era.
• T.J. Tiller had a career-high 23 points for Mizzou.
• Tyreke Evans scored 33 for Memphis in defeat.
-- ESPN research
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Eye Of The Tigers
Missouri knocked down its jumpers against Memphis on Thursday night, carrying the Tigers to a showdown with No. 1 seed UConn in the West Regional final. Here's a breakdown of the field-goal attempts for both teams:
NCAA Mens Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||33-62 (.532)||35-69 (.507)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-16 (.375)||3-15 (.200)|
|FT Made-Attempted||30-45 (.667)||18-32 (.563)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||24 (0/0)||25 (0/0)|
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