|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. 3-seeded Michigan State meets No. 6-seeded Memphis in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday. It gets started at 2:45 p.m. ET and you can see it on CBS. The Spartans have not played the Tigers since the 2007-08 season, when they lost 92-74.
In a 65-54 triumph over Valparaiso on Mar. 21, Derrick Nix put up 23 points and 15 rebounds for the Spartans. While contributing 6.5 rebounds per game, he also scores 9.9 points per game. For the Tigers, Joe Jackson finished with 14 points and six rebounds in the 54-52 win over Saint Mary's on Mar. 21. With 13.7 points per game and 4.9 assists per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. From a tempo-free perspective, Memphis is strong in effective field goal percentage at 53.0. This is good enough for second in the conference and 33rd in the nation.
- Michigan State has a stronger schedule than Memphis this season (SOS Rank: No. 4 vs. No. 93).
- Michigan State has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Memphis (21 vs. 14).
- Michigan State has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Memphis this season (eight vs. two).
- Michigan State has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Memphis (10 vs. eight).
- Obviously, AP Voters agree that Michigan State is superior to Memphis (Latest AP Poll: No. 8 vs. No. 20).
- Michigan State is better at defending the three (30.2 percent allowed vs. 33.4 percent allowed) than Memphis this season.
- Michigan State has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Memphis (three vs. one).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Michigan State currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (981 to 1000) than Memphis, per the NCAA.
- Michigan State has a better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (71.3 percent to 70.9 percent).
- AP voters think more highly of Michigan State and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Memphis (151 vs. 111).
- Diaper Dandies love Michigan State. Michigan State has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Memphis (15 vs. 13).