This will be the offensive mindset game of the evening in college basketball, both of these teams are fast and attack the paint with everything they have, rebounding and offensive boards are big on both sides and I expect a very physical post game, especially from Memphis. Since the days of Derrick Rose things have changed for the Tigers, they have become a little more of a shooting team while the Huskies are known fort their big front court and exceptional defensive sets.
Memphis is ranked 19 th in the country but what will stand out the most will be the sweep they were dealt by Connecticut during the regular season losing by 10 then coming back to lose by 5. This Memphis teams wants a chance at this team again, even something out and get yet another chance at stopping that inside post fade away. I think that Memphis will come out and play the same inside game the Huskies will, they will try to beat them at their own game.
Connecticut knows how to beat this team, they have done it and their game plan works great. Feed the ball inside and work the post, once the double team comes swing the ball around looking for the open shooter or send it back down low to power it up close. The Huskies understand that this could be that win that sends them over the top for the tournament, they do need to work a little more on their perimeter defense and not giving up some many open looks from three, that can hurt them is they are having an off shooting night.
The Huskies are -4.5 and I believe that when you beat a conference rival back to back in the regular season you have broken a little of their spirit and I see the Huskies taking this game too on inside offense and fast hands on defense.