Busting Brackets

Bracketology 2024: Gonzaga, Michigan State and Memphis among teams in most need of a win this weekend

Austin Peay v Memphis
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Earlier this season, there was a lot of excitement in Memphis. That’s not to say that the Tigers aren’t still an exciting crew, but things have certainly changed as this season has progressed. Penny Hardaway and company entered the season with high expectations amid a major realignment in the AAC, hopeful to become the top dogs in this new-look league, but have they accomplished that?

They built their resume with a long list of key nonconference wins, including Texas A&M, Virginia, and Clemson. Unfortunately, a few of their other wins didn’t really pan out and they’ve struggled significantly these last couples of weeks. Memphis flirted with disaster before dropping four straight games in AAC play, including head-scratchers against South Florida (Quad 3) and Rice (Quad 4) at home, dropping their NET down to 78.

At this point, Memphis needs to keep winning and avoid further upset. They’ll get a chance for revenge on Sunday when they face Tulane, with the game at home this time around. The Tigers have been favorites in their last 14 games, but the performances have been uneven. Getting on a nice streak here in February is the only way to salvage their resume and they cannot be swept by Tulane.