|Memphis||J Jackson 13.7||D Stephens 6.7||J Jackson 4.9|
|Michigan State||K Appling 13.6||A Payne 7.4||K Appling 3.5|
No. 6-seeded Memphis squares off against No. 3-seeded Michigan State in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday. It takes place at 2:45 p.m. ET and you can catch it on CBS. The Tigers have not played the Spartans since the 2007-08 season, when they won 92-74.
In a 54-52 win over Saint Mary's on Mar. 21, Joe Jackson put up 14 points and six rebounds for the Tigers. He leads the team in points with 13.7 per game and assists with 4.9 per game. In a 65-54 victory over Valparaiso on Mar. 21, Derrick Nix put up 23 points and 15 rebounds for the Spartans. He is averaging 9.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
Michigan State StatSmack
- Conference USA has had two more NBA Draft picks than the Big Ten over the past 5 years.
- The Memphis assist leader (Joe Jackson, 156 assists) has more assists than the Michigan State assist leader (Keith Appling, 114 assists).
- The Memphis steals leader (Joe Jackson, 56 steals) has more steals than the Michigan State steals leader (Branden Dawson, 50 steals).
- D.J. Stephens is ranked 29th nationally in blocks.
- The Memphis blocks leader (D.J. Stephens, 72 blocks) has more blocks than the Michigan State blocks leader (Adreian Payne, 36 blocks).
- Memphis has a better record on the road than Michigan State this season (9-1 vs. 6-5).
- Memphis embarrassed Michigan State by 18 points the last time they played (Mar 28, 2008).
- Memphis has a better record in close games than Michigan State this season (5-1 vs. 7-4).
- Memphis is ranked higher than Michigan State in their conference (No. 1 vs. No. 2).
- Conference USA had fewer blowout games in conference (meaning there is greater parity within the conference) than in the Big Ten.
- Michigan State has to pay up to win. The coach for Memphis has a much lower base salary than Michigan State ($815,000 vs. $2,640,000).