After botching an opportunity last week to knock off one of the nation's elite teams, Memphis is one win away from likely getting another shot at them.
Memphis (3-1) has ran away with every game thus far except for a 101-80 loss to No. 5 Oklahoma State on Nov. 19.
The rough result in Stillwater didn't seem to hurt the Tigers' psyche, however. They bounced back for a 98-59 home win over Nicholls on Saturday before an 87-60 quarterfinal victory over Siena on Thursday.
Memphis' three wins have come by an average of 30.6 points.
A victory over LSU coupled with Oklahoma State defeating Butler would see a rematch with the Cowboys in Sunday's championship game.
The Tigers continue to be an offensive juggernaut, averaging 90.0 points and shooting 49.8 percent from the field. Joe Jackson scored 18 points for the second straight contest Thursday, going 7 of 10 from the field, while Shaq Goodwin added 17 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double.
"Very happy for the win," said coach Josh Pastner, who improved to 12-8 in regular-season tournaments/classics with Memphis. "We don't take wins for granted. I thought we played hard. Thought we did some good things."
Missouri transfer Michael Dixon Jr. continues to respond well after being removed from the starting lineup following a 1-for-10 shooting performance against Oklahoma State. He scored 16 points off the bench for the second consecutive game Thursday and is 11 for 14 from the field in the last two contests.
"My teammates just found me in some spots," Dixon said after going 4 of 4 from 3-point range against Siena.
The Tigers could find themselves in trouble if they look ahead to Sunday's possible game with Oklahoma State, however. LSU (4-1) hasn't lost since a 92-90 season-opening defeat at UMass, claiming an 82-65 win over St. Joseph's on Thursday.
"We've grown a great deal, but we've certainly got a long ways to go," coach Johnny Jones said.
LSU has scored 80-plus in each of its first five contests for the first time since 1990-91 while utilizing a bevy of scoring options. Four players scored in double figures against Saint Joseph's, including Andre Stringer who recorded a team-high 18 points.
Taking care of the basketball will be a point of emphasis for the Tigers after Memphis forced 20 turnovers against Siena on Thursday.
"They're a very tough basketball team," Jones said of Memphis, which he served as interim coach for in 1999-00. "We know that. We're going to have to do a tremendous job taking care of the basketball. Making sure we can contain those guys. They're extremely quick, and they can shoot it. We're playing a very dangerous team."
Memphis knocked off LSU, 70-61, on Nov. 21, 2010, en route to winning the Global Sports Challenge, which was its last in-season tournament title. Jackson scored 12 while Stringer, a fellow freshman, finished with 13.