Is Memphis going to be in this crazy March based on Joe Lunardi’s latest NCAA tournament predictions?

The Memphis tigers 17-9 are knocking on the door of a March Madness stop after winning the last two matches in a row. Even though they didn’t beat any of the major teams, their wins over Temple and Bang Wichita still count and give them a chance to win a dance invite. According to ESPN’s Bracketology guy, Joe Lunardi, Memphis is being listed among the “last four in” alongside the San Diego State Aztecs, Indiana Hoosiers and Rutgers Scalet Knights.

The Tigers only have two games left in the season. One on the road against the easy to beat South Florida Bulls and the other against the terrifying Houston Cougars 14. The Cougars presented a big deal for Memphis to win and lead AAC with a 13-2 record in the conference game. However, playing against good teams for long periods of time isn’t always a bad thing as long as the Tigers don’t feel embarrassed. In this particular situation, the Tigers have a chance to beat the Cougars 69-59 on Feb. 12 as they place 5th. It’s a huge step up for Penny Hardaway’s team that started 9-8 and looking out of the tender months ago. The Tigers are currently 8-1 lead in their last nine games with the only loss to SMU in the second game of the sweep series.

Let’s assume that the Tigers don’t get annoyed by the Bulls in the top lane and go to the final game with an 18-9 record. They were up against a Houston team they beat. But this time at home. If they manage to get through a disappointing season with the best team in the conference, I think there’s no way they wouldn’t be in the league. What is more likely is that the Tigers lose a close game and still win against March Madness at a hefty price tag. Is Memphis going to be in this crazy March based on Joe Lunardi’s latest NCAA tournament predictions?

John Verrall

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