Saturday, February 23, 2008

As promised, an itty bitty preview

If you've watched any sports related shows or listened to any sports radio in the past week, you probably know that "#1" Memphis is facing "#2" Tennessee today.
I won't take anything away from either of these teams, because they're both complete teams with few flaws. By chance, they're numbers one and two in the country, though Kansas, UCLA, and UNC are the best three teams.

Tennessee's main weakness is going to be on the glass today. Memphis will outrebound them, especially on the offensive side. Joey Dorsey looks more like Glenn Dorsey, weighing in at 260 pounds. Tennessee can match up as far as height, but power and strength, not so much.
Another weakness for Tennessee is foul trouble. They foul a lot, but lucky for them, Memphis is the worst free throw shooting teams in the country. That's not an exaggeration. They're dead last.

Memphis' strength of schedule is suspect, and even with the Vols playing a much tougher schedule, the Tigers average less points per game and rank below the Vols in almost every offensive category.

Chris Lofton is heating up and should be a major factor today. The coaching edge also goes to the Vols.

Before I continue praising Tennessee, I have to inform you that I'm still not picking them to win despite immortalizing them nonstop.

Home court will decide this game. Tennessee will get into foul trouble and their matchups will be even more lopsided. The Tigers will have an above average day from the line (probably shoot about 65% on 25-30 attempts). Memphis will stay undefeated. It will haunt them in the NCAA Tournament as they will fall short of advancing to the Final Four.

Memphis 86
Tennessee 80

(and since I picked Memphis to win, Tennessee will win. Just ask Barrows how that works)

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