The Tigers looked really good last night, and by no means was this a bad loss. The team fought hard to stay in the game after trailing by as many as ten at various points during the game. Florida and Memphis both looked like teams that can be a serious force come March.
Winning the Oklahoma State game has given the Tigers a luxury they haven’t had in a long time. They can lose to good top-25 teams and people will talk about how good they looked instead of how they still can’t beat a top-25 team. And thats a nice change.
On the other side, Memphis has really rebounded in impressive fashion since its embarrassing loss back in November at Oklahoma State. The Tigers’ perimeter group of Jackson, Crawford, Geron Johnson and Mike Dixon can match up with any backcourt in America, and the Tigers are beginning to find production (albeit inconsistent production) from its frontcourt guys. They attack the rim as well as anyone in the country, and few defensive backcourts can keep them out of the lane.
It’s taken both teams a little while to get going this season, and neither team is a finished product just yet. But Tuesday proved that both teams will be heard from in a few months.