The Memphis Tigers got one step closer to a #1 ranking, rising to #2 in the latest round of college basketball polls.
The Tigers are #2 in both the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and the AP Poll.
In the Coaches' poll, the North Carolina Tarheels hold the #1 spot and received 23 of the 31 first place votes. The Tigers received 6 first place votes with Kansas getting the remaining one. Georgetown and Texas make up the remainder of the top 5.
The AP poll has the Tigers garnering 22 first place votes, 13 less than poll leader North Carolina. Kansas, Texas and Georgetown round out the top 5.
This marks the second time the Tigers have held a ranking this high in the AP poll. The previous times came during the 1982-83 and 1985-86 seasons.
In January of '83, the Tigers climbed to as high as #1 before losing at Virginia Tech.
In February of '86, Memphis was ranked #2, but once again lost at Virginia Tech.
The Tigers defeated Austin Peay last Tuesday to improve their record to 6-0 and will face USC and freshman phenom O.J. Mayo Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. The Trojans are ranked #24 in the AP Poll.
The game begins at 8 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPN.