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NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know Memphis

Mar 16, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT

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Conference: Conference USA

Coach: Josh Pastner

Record: 30-4

Rankings and Ratings:

– Kenpom: 38
– RPI: 15
– AP/USA Today: 20/17

Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had Memphis as a No. 9 seed in Saturday’s bracket projection.

Names you need to know: Joe Jackson (13.4 ppg, 4.8 apg), Adonis Thomas (11.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg), Chris Crawford (10.3 ppg, 3.2 apg)

Stats you need to know: One. That’s how many losses the Tigers have since December 15th. And it was was two point loss at Xavier. I know, I know. Look at who they played. It’s not overwhelming. But a 24-1 record is a 24-1 record.

Tendencies: The biggest tendency for the Tigers? Head-scratching plays. They have all the talent in the world, but their decision-making leaves something to be desired.

Big wins, bad losses: The reason that Memphis needed to win the automatic bid to feel safe? Their best win this season is beating Southern Miss. Three times.

How’d they get here?: The Tigers ran through Conference USA again, going undefeated in league play and winning the conference tournament.

Outlook: Memphis has all the talent in the world, the problem is that you never know when they are going to make a play or take a shot that just doesn’t make any sense. They have enough talent to get to the Sweet 16, but the problem is that they look to be headed to an 8-9 game. Can the Tigers upset a No. 1 seed if they get out of the opening round?

How do I know you?: The Tigers will be one of the headliners in whatever the old Big East is going to be called next season.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

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