Memphis-Maryland: NCAA Tournament Second Round Picks ATS, March 21

Ryan BrennanSenior Analyst IMarch 20, 2009

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 14:  Tyreke Evans #12 of the Memphis Tigers dunks in a game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane during the Championship of the Conference USA Basketball Tournament at FedExForum on March 14, 2009 in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis beat Tulsa 64-39. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

No. 2 Memphis Tigers vs. No. 10 Maryland Terrapins

NCAA Tournament Second Round—West Region
Saturday, Mar. 21—3:20 PM ET on CBS


In their first round game, the Memphis Tigers looked like they were about to become only the fifth team in NCAA Tournament history to be knocked out in the first round by a 15-seed. They were up by only three at the half, and with nine minutes left they were down by three.

A CS Northridge scoring drought that lasted five minutes gave Memphis the opportunity they were looking for, though, and they wound up finishing the game on a 20-6 run.

The Terps pulled off the 7/10 upset over California in their first round game behind Greivis Vasquez's 27 point performance. Maryland held Cal (the nation's leading three-point shooting team) to only 7-for-24 from beyond the arc.

The game was tied with just under 12 minutes left, and that's when the Terps really turned it on and outscored their PAC-10 opponents by 13.

The Tigers currently hold the nation's longest win-streak at 26 games, but many feel that despite this, they still have a lot to prove. They have only faced three ranked opponents this season, and they are only 1-2 against them.

Their other loss this season came against Xavier (who was unranked at the time).

Being in the ACC, Maryland has faced more than their fair share of ranked opponents this season, although they haven't been overly successful against them (they are 3-8).

Five of those losses have come against teams that were in the top-spot of the polls this season (Duke, North Carolina, and Wake Forest), and they have managed to upset both Wake Forest and UNC since the calendar turned.

Maryland's experience against strong ACC opponents this season made them a great sleeper team pick. Will Memphis's lack of experience against quality opponents this season allow the Terps to move into the Sweet Sixteen, or will Maryland's Cinderella story disappear before it even begins?


By the Numbers

No. 10 Maryland21-137-917-10551871.568.5
No. 2 Memphis32-316-020-10-174974.156.9


No. 10 Maryland42.241.733.134.476.840.97.714.712.54.3
No. 2 Memphis44.336.232.029.369.642.78.813.812.46.2


Stats Leaders

 No. 10 MarylandNo. 2 Memphis
PPGG. Vasquez - 17.2T. Evans - 16.6
 L. Milbourne - 11.6R. Dozier - 12.8
 E. Hayes - 10.2S. Taggart - 10.4
RPGG. Vasquez - 5.5R. Dozier - 7.2
APGG. Vasquez - 5.1A. Anderson - 4.1
SPGG. Vasquez - 1.4T. Evans - 2.1
BPGL. Milbourne - 1.1R. Dozier - 1.7



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