The Memphis Tigers, Conference USA's top seed, made quick work of the fourth-seeded Central Florida Knights in the semifinals of the C-USA tournament, winning 83-52 and advancing to the finals, where they'll take on the sixth seed, the Marshall Thundering Herd. You can see how they got there here.
As was the case in their quarterfinal win over UTEP, the Tigers had simply too much length and talent for the Knights to keep up with. With blue chip players like Will Barton, Joe Jackson and Tarik Black scoring efficiently and creating turnovers, there's simply no team in C-USA that can keep pace. Their defense simply destroyed the Knights, and their scoring was terrifically balanced; six different Tigers scored eight points or more.
How effective was the Memphis defense? UCF shot just 33.3 percent from the field and 2-19 from deep. Sure, some of that is their own deficiencies, but anytime a team shoots that poorly, it means they weren't getting very many open looks, and they weren't.