Friday's second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament features one of the better matches of the early rounds when the No. 8-seed Memphis Tigers (29-5) face the No. 9-seeded St. Louis Billikens (24-11) at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH.
The tip off takes place at 6:50 p.m. ET. The game will be television on TBS.
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The Tigers have won 11-of-12 games and have trounced their opponents in that span. After some early-season troubles, coach Josh Pastner helped turned the squad's season around.
Memphis have an excellent wing in Will Barton. The 6'6 sophomore is averaging 18.1 per game, and has shot 51.1 percent from the field. Barton also lead the Tigers with 8.1 rebounds per game.
Guard Joe Jackson and forward Tarik Black have also been key contributors this season, and both have been fine complements to Barton.
Memphis should be cautious of their opponent. The Billikens are a very smart team, led by famed head coach Rick Majerus.
St. Louis have a steady leader in Brian Conklin, who averages 13.9 points a game. The senior forward has good shot selection, and it shows in his 53.3 percent field goal percentage.
Majerus's squad is rather balanced, and two players to watch for include guard Kwamain Mitchell and forward Cody Ellis, who have combined to average better than 22 points per game.
The Billikens are inexperienced but don't have any legitimate weakness.
PREDICTION: The Tigers are clearly more athletic than Saint Louis, but that doesn't necessarily give them a true advantage. Expect the Billikens to not let this game get out of control, but Memphis will likely go on a run late in the game with Barton and Black taking advantage of their talents and size. Memphis is hot right now, and it's hard to imagine they won't outlast St. Louis. This should be an interesting game of contrasts.
PREDICTED SCORE: Memphis over St. Louis, 66-60