East - No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 G. Washington

Posted Mar 16, 2014

2014 NCAA Tournament Preview, Breakdown & Pick: East Region – No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 George Washington

- 60-Second Video Analysis On Each Team

Line: Memphis –2.5
Why To Pick Memphis: The Tigers have the backcourt and the disruptive ability to screw up the GU offense. Not great from three, the Colonials will struggle to get back in the game if the Memphis offense is himming. With great ball movement and the ability to find the open man as well as any team in the tournament, Memphis should be sharper from midrange.
Why To Pick George Washington: Memphis can't shoot if it's not standing within ten feet of the hoop. There's nothing from the three point line and the free throw shooting is abysmal. GW can't shoot from the line either, so its biggest weakness shouldn't be too much of a problem.
The Pick: Memphis 79-74. This should be a terrific game that goes down to the wire. It'll be a clankfest on free throws late in the game, but Memphis and its tempo will be able to get the job done early, and the D will lock down late.

Memphis Tigers
Head coach: Josh Pastner Record: 23-9 Conference: American Athletic Conference

What You Need To Know: The Tigers love to push the tempo and create chaos on the floor by running at every opportunity. The team plays like it's looking for respect with a strong all-around game that does a little bit of everything right on both sides of the ball. The offense moves the ball well, everyone hits the boards hard and plays disruptive defense in the backcourt that creates plenty of turnovers. Joe Jackson and Micahel Dixon, Jr. put points on the board in a hurry, and Jackson is fantastic in transition, finding teammates and delivering the ball in a position to score. Shaq Goodwin is the inside power, and he can dominate in the paint with his array of moves on the block and his long arms on the defensive end.
Strengths: Assists, Steals, Scoring
Weaknesses: Free Throw Shooting, Three Point Shooting, Scoring Defense
How Far Will They Go?: The Tigers don't shoot well enough to get past Virginia in the second round, but they should get by GW.

George Washington Colonials
Head coach: Mike Lonergan Record: 24-8 Conference: Atlantic 10

What You Need To Know: The Colonials are one of the most unselfish teams in the country, with the versatility that'll make it a tough out. Senior Maurice Creek is not only a quality scorer, but he's one of the feel-good stories of the tournament. The former Indiana guard has bounced back from devastating injuries to lead the Colonials in scoring, and his outside shooting forces opponents to scramble. Patricio Garino can score and rebound, and Isaiah Armwood is a quality defender who can alter shots and change games around by himself. GW has been inconsistent over the past month, but this is a hungry squad that should give opponents headaches.
Strengths: Rebounding, Field Goal Percentage Defense, Shooting
Weaknesses: Free Throw Shooting, Three Point Shots, Turnover Margin
How Far Will They Go?: Even if they get past Virginia, forget about getting by Virginia in the second round.