Memphis vs. Southern Miss
Once again there is no team hotter than the Memphis Tigers in Conference USA. Coach John Calipari has his Tigers playing unbelievable basketball as of late as they come into their head to head match up with Southern Mississippi winning 15 straight Games and having an undefeated record in Conference play.
The Tigers may not be the championship caliber team they were last year with Derrick Rose running the point, but they are definitely a team not to be overlooked this season in college basketball.
Memphis may have not played top tier talent this season like teams in the Big East or the ACC have, but they have still had some pretty big wins over tough teams so far this season. With their recent win over number 19th ranked Gonzaga the Tigers proved they can still play with the best in the country. Gonzaga may not be a North Carolina or a UConn caliber squad, but they have been pretty good this season.
The win over Gonzaga was huge and the Tigers have kept up their winning ways since that victory by absolutely destroying Tulsa by 23 points.
The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles will be coming into this Game against the number 8 ranked Memphis Tigers with Four straight losses to teams that arent that good at all. This has not been a season to remember by any means for the Golden Eagles as they are just above .500 with 13-10 record and nasty record of 3-6 in Conference play.
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The Tigers have it pretty easy this season as there is absolutely no team in the Conference that can touch them as they sit atop Conference USA. With a perfect 9-0 Conference record the Tigers should just run away with the Conference title as they head into another NCAA Tournament with good position to make something happen. I dont know if they can make it all the way to the NCAA championship Game like they did last season, but they could definitely make some waves in the biggest Tournament in college basketball come March.
Unless an absolute miracle happens for the Golden Eagles I see no way they can pull off the upset over a Tigers team that has just been destroying any team that stands in their way.
The only thing that Southern Miss has going for them is the fact they can play Memphis at home. With the Golden Eagles headed to another disappointing season in Conference USA the only bright spot of the season has been how well they have played at home. Their road record is just plain ugly with only one win in seven Games on the road, but they have only dropped three Games at home out of the 11 they have played this season.
It is a stretch, but if the home crowd plays a factor there is a slight possibility there will be an upset, but it is very doubtful. Look for Memphis to roll to their 16th straight victory as they should beat Southern Miss convincingly. Memphis by 18
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