After the Memphis Tigers (23-9, 12-6 AAC) suffered an early outing in the AAC Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Tigers’ mindset was focusing on their seeding in the NCAA Tournament. After watching the committee decide their fate, Memphis name was called but who will they play?
No. 8 Memphis will play No. 9 George Washington of the Atlantic-10 (24-8,11-5 A-10) on Friday. This comes as no surprise to many fans as they were expecting somewhere in between a eighth or ninth seed. If Memphis can get past GW, then they could possibly run into ACC regular season and conference champion Virginia Cavaliers (27-6, 16-2 AAC).
This is Memphis fourth consecutive year going dancing but they haven’t faired well in the tournament. In 2011, Memphis lost to the Arizona Wildcats. In 2012, Memphis suffered a loss to Saint Louis. Last season, Memphis was able to get over the hill and got their first win under coach Josh Pastner with a last second win over Saint Mary’s (54-52). In the next round, Memphis got embarrassed by the Michigan State Spartans.
Pastner very was upbeat when he was asked where his team could possibly be seeded.
“I still think we could be a six. I think the committee is going to weigh our conference strength very highly.”
Going into the tournament, Memphis is 1-3 under Pastner.
I received the quote from a source from the Commercial Appeal.