14. Memphis (14-2)
Memphis spent much of their nonconference schedule building their resume, with a plethora of games against power conference foes. While they did lose to Villanova and Ole Miss, they picked up impactful road wins at Missouri and Texas A&M while also knocking down Virginia, Clemson, Michigan, and a few other notable names. This resume is fantastic and the Tigers have survived some tough and exciting games, but there’s more than what meets the eye.
Hampered by injuries and other inconsistent play, the Tigers continued this year’s foray into AAC play with another close call last Sunday, holding on for a 62-59 home win over SMU. David Jones had 17 points and 9 rebounds but it was the defense that got the job done against the Mustangs. Things were far different a few days later in a shootout against UTSA, which Memphis survived in a 107-101 overtime win. This time, Jones had 26 points and 11 rebounds while recent hero Jahvon Quinerly added 25 points as the Tigers shot 53% from the floor as a team.
Memphis looks like the best team in this conference but have barely survived several close calls in recent weeks. This time of heart-wrenching basketball proves that this might be a great team, but great teams don’t constantly get into these types of ballgames. Regardless, Memphis has now won nine straight games, but how will they are at Wichita State this weekend after all of these tight matchups?