Obviously, I’m a die-hard SEC fan. However, I grew up close enough to Memphis that I was always aware of their basketball teams and I’ve always pulled for them. Clearly, these days I have more attachment to Memphis. All that said, here is my prediction.
Memphis 78, Tennessee 71
I think the game is going to come down to 3 things: Tennessee’s defense, Memphis’ free throws, and Rose’s scoring. This is an important game for Memphis. To this point we’ve not seen them play a comparably strong team, so I’ve remained unsure of just how good they are. Rose needs to show up and have another 20+ point game (it’s been a while). And Memphis needs to take much better care of its free throw shooting. On any other floor I’d pick Tennessee because of their suffocating defense. However, the city of Memphis has been abuzz about this game all week and I think the crowd will carry Memphis to victory.
What is your prediction?