Basketball: Who has the best defense?

Well, maybe not Memphis, after all. At least not tonight.

After I proclaimed the Tigers the best defensive team in the nation in our new “Ask the expert” section on page 2 of the sports section, Missouri destroyed John Callipari’s squad 102-91 in the regional semifinals.

Memphis was allowing just 57.6 ppg — best of any team that reached the Sweet 16 — and had not surrendered more than 75 in a game all season. Only more than 70 once.

Missouri became the first team in 329 games — dating back to a 102-75 loss at Alabama-Birmingham on Feb. 16, 2000, the season before Calipari arrivedĀ — to reach the century mark against Memphis.

Maybe I should have known better. I saw Missouri buzzsaw Cal 93-66 in Columbia back on Dec. 7, and the TigersĀ did the same number on Memphis tonight. Impressive.

Jeff Faraudo

  • wehofx

    You’re right, Mizzou looked great last night and when they smoked us.

    The other team that looked really good was Villanova. If MSF and BB can rebound and play tough on the low post, we could be a similar kind of team next year, especially with our guards.