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Breaking down the Madness Part V
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Part V of a multi-part series breaking down this year’s Madness.
Part I | Part II (East) | Part III (Midwest) | Part IV (West) | Part V (South)

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SOUTH REGIONAL

Team Record Conference Team Record Conference
#1 Memphis 33-1 Conference USA #16 UT Arlington 21-11 Southland
#8 Mississippi State 22-10 SEC #9 Oregon 18-13 Pac 10
#5 Michigan State 25-8 Big Ten #12 Temple 21-12 Atlantic 10
#4 Pittsburgh 26-9 Big East #13 Oral Roberts 24-8 Summit League
#6 Marquette 24-9 Big East #11 Kentucky 18-12 SEC
#3 Stanford 26-7 Pac 10 #14 Cornell 22-5 Ivy League
#7 Miami 22-10 ACC #10 St. Mary’s 25-6 West Coast
#2 Texas 28-6 Big 12 #15 Austin Peay 24-10 Ohio Valley
In the Southern bracket we have the Spartans of Michigan State carrying the Big Ten banner into the tournament. Their opponent? The Temple Owls from the Atlantic 10. Unfortunately for the Spartans, it will be the Temple basketball team and not their hapless football team they will be facing. These two teams have faced each other three times since 1980 with Temple winning twice in 1998 and 1997. The only time they’ve met in the post season was in 2001 at the Georgia Dome with Michigan State prevailing 69-62. Spartan fans shouldn’t get all too excited with this matchup however. The Spartans are only 4-5 against teams in the top 50 and the Owls are sitting at #47 in the RPI. This in addition to the the upset prone nature of this year’s Spartan squad when they tend to play to their opponents level. How else can you explain losing to Penn State and scoring a dismal 36 in a loss to Iowa. They haven’t exactly stepped up to the plate against tough competition either when they fell to both Purdue, Indiana and Wisconsin to end the season when the Big Ten title was still up for grabs. But regardless, the Spartans will prevail over the Owls of Temple setting up a potential grind it out, physical matchup with the Pittsburgh Panthers.


Record overall 25-8 21-12

conference 13-7 14-5

against
tournament
teams
4-5 3-4
Resume RPI 15 47

SOS 43 51

Quality Wins 6 8
Team Stats
per game
Points 71.3 72.6

Turnovers 13.7 12.8

Rebounds 41.1 35.5

Free throw % 0.731 0.741

3pt % 0.373 0.372

Blocks 4.4 4.4

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