No. 1 seed Memphis manhandled Texas 85-67 and cruised to the Final Four today, giving us yet another boring NCAA Tournament game but also getting us one step closer to having all four top seeds playing in San Antonio.
The Tigers never really struggled. Although the Longhorns scored the last six points of the first half and the first six points of the second to keep things from getting too out of hand, this was the Tigers' game all the way. They took an early lead, held their ground, and then dominated most of the second half.
Chris Douglas-Roberts, Derrick Rose and Joey Dorsey all had big games for Memphis, and Texas played an oddly passive defense. The Longhorns failed to exploit Memphis's greatest weakness -- free throw shooting -- by rarely fouling until the game was out of hand, and when the Tigers did get to the line, they were uncharacteristically accurate.
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After two straight years of getting stopped in the Elite Eight, Memphis is about to advance to the Final Four.