No. 6-seeded Memphis battles 11th-seeded Saint Mary's in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Thursday. Tipoff occurs at 2:45 p.m. ET and you can catch it on CBS. The Tigers have not played the Gaels since the 2004-05 season, when they won 81-66.
In a 91-79 triumph over Southern Miss on Mar. 16, Chris Crawford put up 23 points and six assists for the Tigers. While contributing 3.8 rebounds per game, he also scores 10.7 points per game. For the Gaels, Matthew Dellavedova finished with 22 points and six rebounds in the 67-54 win over Middle Tennessee State on Mar. 19. With 16.0 points per game and 6.4 assists per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. Areas of strength for Saint Mary's include: defensive rebounding percentage at 75.5, effective field goal percentage at 54.5, and offensive rebounding percentage at 37.1.
StatSmack! Memphis is better than Saint Mary's
Conference USA has had 16 more NBA Draft picks than the West Coast over the past 10 years.
Over the past 10 years, Memphis has had more players drafted by the NBA than Saint Mary's (10 vs. one).
Conference USA had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the West Coast.
Obviously, AP Voters agree that Memphis is superior to Saint Mary's (Latest AP Poll: No. 20 vs. Not Ranked).