Boise State vs. Memphis Odds & Preview for 2022 NCAA Tournament

Mar 13, 2022 - 11:16 PM

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Boise State Broncos vs. Memphis Tigers Match Up Overview

Memphis Boise State
Conference American MWC
W-L 21-9 27-7
AdjEM 26th 28th
AdjO 43rd 76th
AdjD 30th 17th
Tempo 31st 305th
eFG% 57th 123rd
TO% 252nd 189th
OR% 5th 95th
FTR 12th 54th
DeFG% 32nd 96th
DTO% 38th 81st
DR% 286th 5th
DFTR 251st 63rd
Luck 248th 116th

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Boise State Broncos Preview

After starting 3-4, Boise State finished 23-3. The top seed in the Mountain West tournament played all the way to the conference championship game, and the Broncos are yet another dangerous team that could make waves in the tournament.

This is a crew that depends on defense and consistency. Of their three conference losses, Boise finished within one possession in two of them. The Broncos are a rag-tag team full of transfers. They have a lot of height, and Abu Kigab, Marcus Shaver, and Emmanuel Akot make Boise an effective rebounding team.

The early-season woes are far behind Boise State, but they happened for a reason. The Broncos’ slow pace means that when they struggle on the offensive side of the ball, any team can keep up. If the Broncos find themselves in a close game late, they might be in trouble, considering that they rank 346th in free throw percentage. This team is capable of upsetting a top-seeded foe, but I have to imagine that every game Boise plays will be a close one.

Memphis Tigers Preview

If I am picking a lower-seeded team as a sleeper to make the Final Four, Memphis is without a doubt my selection. After dealing with injuries, COVID-19 pauses, and some locker-room drama, this team appears to have put it all together, ranking fourth in the nation since Feb. 1.

Many analysts have written off Houston after their injuries, but Memphis’ two wins over the Cougars should not be disregarded, especially considering a 10-point road win. Penny Hardaway’s team rebounds well, scores all over the court, and is effective at reaching the free throw line.

The team leans on Landers Nolley, Jalen Duren, and Tyler Harris. Nolley is an effective passer. Harris can shoot the lights out. Duren is efficient down low, and his 6-11 frame gives him the ability to rebound effectively.

If Memphis losses, it will be to a team that forces turnovers and shoots well from beyond the arc. The Tigers are one of the worst teams at taking care of the ball, ranking 352nd in offensive turnover percentage, and their interior-based defense allows teams to get off good looks from deep.

Playing in the AAC, Memphis has flown under the radar. But if you want to spice things up in your bracket, write in Memphis to make the Final Four in New Orleans.

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