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 arrived – 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 Tigers did the same number on Memphis tonight. Impressive.