Bracket Projection: Memphis

Balanced Tigers need to limit turnovers to avoid an early exit

Updated: March 19, 2013, 5:35 PM ET
By Chris Dortch | Special to ESPN Insider
Joe JacksonSpruce Derden/US PresswireJoe Jackson did it all for head coach Josh Pastner during the regular season

The Memphis Tigers quietly gobbled up wins the last three months of the season and enter the tournament with tons of positive momentum. The Tigers lost just once after falling to Louisville on Dec. 15 and stormed through Conference USA undefeated (16-0) for the fourth time overall and for the first time since 2008-09. How will they fare in the NCAA Tournament?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams, all in order to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.

PROFILES FOR ALL 68 TEAMS | BRACKET PREDICTOR


Lunardi's Logic

The Tigers have won 30 times, but against whom? And have they shaken last year's non-stellar showing against Saint Louis? My sense is that Memphis simply hasn't had the kind of testing necessary to pass one at the NCAA tournament level. The Tigers are looking at an upset loss to either Middle Tennessee or Saint Mary's in the second round, and I'm betting on it being the Gaels.

TOURNEY PROFILE

Best wins: Northern Iowa, Tennessee, Harvard, at UCF

Worst losses: VCU, at Xavier


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