Thomson ReutersFebruary 27, 2014 08:48
No. 22 Memphis has already earned a first-round bye in the American Athletic Conference tournament, but Houston is chasing one as the Cougars host the streaking Tigers on Thursday. The top six teams get a bye and the Tigers, who have won eight of 10, are guaranteed a top-five finish in the AAC. Freshman Austin Nichols (13.5 points on 70.6 percent shooting, eight rebounds, 3.5 blocks) and Shaq Goodwin (15 points on 66.7 percent shooting) were honored by the league after big performances in Memphis' two wins last week.