Record: 23-9 How they got here: At-large bid Strengths: Joe Jackson (14.3 ppg) is among six seniors on the roster who have helped Memphis play strong defense and push the tempo on the offensive side of the ball. The team entered conference tournament play ranked third in assists (17.4 apg) and eighth in steals (8.7 spg). Memphis is making its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and aiming for its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2009 when John Calipari was still coaching the Tigers. Weaknesses: While Memphis' home crowd normally powers it to league tournament wins, UConn earned its third victory over the Tigers during the 2013-14 season to bounce the Tigers from the AAC Tournament. UConn highlighted gaps in Memphis' defense, firing at least 50 percent from the field in two of three wins over the Tigers.
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