NCAA Basketball

Memphis Tigers (19-13)


Thu. 2/23 Sun. 2/26 Thu. 3/2 Sat. 3/4 Fri. 3/10
@ Cin 
L 74-87
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vs. Hou 
L 71-72
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vs. Tulane 
W 92-70
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@ SMU 
L 62-103
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@ UCF 
L 54-84
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Williams, UCF smother Memphis, advance to AAC tourney semis

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Matt Williams had 19 points, including five 3-pointers, B.J. Taylor scored 14 with five assists and No. 4 seed UCF beat fifth-seeded Memphis 84-54 on Friday in the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

UCF (21-10) will play top-seeded and No. 12-ranked SMU in the semifinals on Saturday. The Knights, who have won six in a row, lost their only regular-season meeting with SMU.

After a dunk by Rivers gave Memphis a 10-4 lead, the Tigers missed their next 14 field-goal attempts and went scoreless for more than 5 1/2 minutes as UCF scored 18 straight points to start a 33-7 run and take a 43-26 lead into halftime. The Knights hit six 3-pointers, including three in a row by Williams, during the stretch. UCF then opened the second half with an 11-1 run to open a 27-point lead and cruised from there.

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Leaders
Points: D. Lawson19.2
Rebounds: D. Lawson9.9
Assists: J. Martin4.4
FG%: D. Lawson46.1%
FT%: D. Lawson74.1%
3P%: No qualifiers
Steals: J. Martin1.8
Blocks: D. Lawson2.1
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga35-1
3 Kansas31-4
4 Arizona32-5
5 Kentucky32-5
6 North Carolina30-7
7 Duke28-9
8 UCLA31-5
9 Oregon32-5
10 Louisville25-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga35-1
3 Kansas31-4
4 Arizona32-5
5 Kentucky32-5
6 UCLA31-5
7 Duke28-9
8 North Carolina30-7
9 Oregon32-5
10 Louisville25-9
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American Athletic Conference Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
11 SMU 17-1 30-5
18 Cincinnati 16-2 30-6
Houston 12-6 21-11
UCF 11-7 24-11
Memphis 9-9 19-13
Connecticut 9-9 16-17
Tulsa 8-10 15-17
Temple 7-11 16-16
East Carolina 6-12 15-18
Tulane 3-15 6-25
South Florida 1-17 7-23
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 74.0 (162)
Rebounds: 11.7 (78)
Assists: 15.9 (35)
FG%: 44.2% (187)
FT%: 68.3% (245)
3P%: 29.5% (342)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 70.7 (131)
Rebounds: 25.0 (201)
Assists: 13.5 (192)
FG%: 42.3% (96)
FT%: 68.7% (82)
3P%: 33.7% (109)
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