2013 March Madness: #6 Memphis vs #11 MTSU/St. Mary’s

Joe+Jackson+Memphis+TigersIs it possible for play-in game winner to advance in the NCAA Tournament?

It happened in 2011 when VCU won their play-in game and went on to appear in the Final Four. The winner of the Middle Tennessee/St. Mary’s game could join the short list of teams to advance.

#6 Memphis (30-4) plays the winner of that game.

Conference USA never gets many teams in the tournament. It’s the same this year as Memphis is their only representative.

Who do you think will win? We help you fill out your bracket.

The Memphis Tigers already have 30 wins this season. Doesn’t this seem like a yearly tradition? Memphis enters the tournament with no marquee wins and we discuss if they’re actually good. More often than not, Memphis gets knocked out early and we know the answer. I believe this year will have the same results.

I like Memphis guard Joe Jackson, but he has his limitations. He’s listed at 6’1, but there’s no way he’s taller than 6’0. If Memphis faces St. Mary’s guard Matthew Dellavedova, Jackson would be dominated. Jackson would fare better against Middle Tennessee’s backcourt.

Depending on who wins the play-in game between St. Mary’s and Middle Tennessee, the Memphis game will have two different outcomes. If St. Mary’s wins the play-in game, Memphis will lose the game. If Middle Tennessee wins, Memphis matches up better against them and will win.

Prediction: St. Mary’s (if St. Mary’s wins play-in game)

Prediction: Memphis (if Middle Tennessee wins play-in game)

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