Who: Memphis Tigers (7) vs. South Florida Bulls (2)
Where: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
When: 6:00 PM
Watch: ESPN3, WatchESPN
Listen: 1010 AM
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Continuing what has been the greatest USF basketball season of all time, the Bulls face Memphis in the second round of the conference tournament. As the No. 2 seed, USF had a first round bye, while Memphis (No. 7) had to beat SMU (No. 10) to reach the second round. USF is coming off of Monday night's loss to UConn, which finished off the regular season.
The talent at USF runs deep. Courtney Williams leads the team (and the conference) in scoring with 21 points per game. She's fast, precise, and frustrates defenders to no end. Alisia Jenkins is amazing off the glass, with 12 rebounds per game. She has 21 double-doubles this season. Laura Ferreira is the freshman star with eight points and five rebounds per game. She is great from beyond the arc and from the post.
Memphis, though, is no cupcake team. Junior Guard Ariel Hearn is coming off of a 25 point performance against SMU yesterday. Hearn can adequately shoot threes and averages 16 points and five rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Mooriah Rowser averages 10 points per game, but is not much of a threat from three-point range. Junior forward Brianna Wright is also a danger, she's a great rebounder and a 49% shooter, although she doesn't shoot much. Wright had a double-double against SMU yesterday with 13 rebounds and ten points.
The AAC Tournament is well underway: UCF, SMU, Houston, Temple and Cincinnati are already out. East Carolina will have the honor of getting destroyed by UConn in tomorrow's third round. Conventional wisdom says that USF is destined to meet UConn in the final, but they are up against a difficult Memphis team tonight and, with a win, either Tulane or Tulsa tomorrow.
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