The 17th ranked Michigan Wolverines will get a huge test when they tangle with the 10th ranked Memphis Tigers on Monday afternoon. The game will tip at 3pm (EST) and be televised on ESPN2. Joe did a great job braking down the tournament here: Maui Invitational Preview.
Last year Joe and I picked the winner in each of Michigan’s games and we finished the season with the following records:
|Jordan Morgan||Tarik Black|
|Evan Smotrycz||Wesley Witherspoon|
|Zack Novak||Joe Jackson|
|Tim Hardaway Jr.||Charles Carmouche|
|Trey Burke||Will Barton|
So far this year we are both a perfect 3-0, but the picking gets a lot harder in Maui and it starts with this Memphis game. The Tigers are loaded. The only possible good news about opening this tournament with Memphis is that they have only played one game so far. That was a 97-81 thrashing of Belmont, the same Belmont team that lost by 1 point at Duke.
Notes: Tim Hardaway Jr. and Joe Jackson were teammates this summer on Team USA’s U19 squad. Hardaway Jr, Jackson and Will Barton are all on the preseason watch lists for the Wooden and Naismith Awards.
Joe picks Memphis to win 68-63
I’m going with Memphis 74-67