Last year all four No. 1 seeds made it to the Final Four, but this year the story is still unwritten. All of the two and three seeds are still in it, and four of those eight teams will advance to the Elite 8 after games tonight and Friday. Here's a look at two of those matchups, as three-seeds Missouri and Syracuse try to overcome formidable two-seeds Memphis and Oklahoma. First, Memphis and Mizzou will meet Thursday night in Glendale, Ariz. Mizzou had a perfect season at home, but it wasn't as successful on the road. The Big 12 Tournament champs are coming off a close, last-minute win against Marquette. Senior forwards DeMarre Carrol and Leo Lyons are the scoring leaders, but Missouri has shown depth and versatility, putting up more than 80 points a game as a team. Guards Matt Lawrence, J.T. Tiller, Zaire Taylor, and most recently in Sunday's matchup, Kim English, have stepped up. Mizzou, which held opponents to an average of under 67 points this season, arguably recorded its most valuable wins against Kansas and Oklahoma. "The thing about it is if we say we played poorly, it takes away from Missouri," Coach Bill Self said after the Jayhawks first match against Missouri this year. "Missouri's effort was fabulous." In a later loss to Kansas, Anderson said his team missed a lot of shots early in the game, and Lyons remarked that they were lacking in confidence and intensity. Those two things will be vital against Memphis.
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