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Bracketology 2024: 10 notable teams in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament

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With significant realignment changes in the AAC this past offseason, Memphis remained in a great position to take control of the league. Penny Hardaway’s squad has danced each of the last two seasons and he’s certainly brought in the talent to repeat that feat yet again.

Though the nonconference slate included losses to Villanova and Ole Miss, these Tigers took advantage of their other opportunities. Among their victories were seven power conference foes, including Texas A&M, Virginia, Clemson, and Michigan, with the Tigers even winning three true road games. There were a few close calls, but Memphis was taking care of their business and setting themselves up well.

Unfortunately, the close calls would catch them up to them in recent weeks. After a 4-0 start to AAC play, the Tigers have now dropped three straight games, blowing a huge lead at home to South Florida before tough road outings against Tulane and UAB. The loss at Tulane was Quad 2 but the other two blemishes sit as Quad 3 losses.

It’s the double whammy for Memphis, as nearly all of their nonconference foes have underachieved this season, rendering those wins less impressive. They have just a pair of Quad 1 victories, though they do sit 6-3 in Quad 1+2 performances. Obviously, the more pressing matter is their recent play, with three straight avoidable losses really anchoring their season’s progress. Memphis needs to get on track or this team isn’t going anywhere.