Memphis Tigers vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/8/14
Southern Methodist Mustangs (23-7) at Memphis Tigers (22-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 12:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Tigers -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Southern Methodist Mustangs travel to FedEx Forum to end the regular season with the Memphis Tigers.
Southern Methodist doesn't have a problem scoring points but it's their defense that rules the roost. This unit struggled in an 84-71 loss to visiting Louisville and the Cardinals are not a team to have defensive issues against. The Mustangs won the shooting battle 51%-46% but Louisville's 13-23 performance from beyond the arc carried the day. Nick Russell paced a trio of double digit scorers with 18 points, six pulls and five helpers with Markus Kennedy adding 14 points and six yanks while Sterling Brown chipped in with ten points.
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Memphis needs a win in the final game of the season to crack the top four in the AAC. The Tigers could have wrapped up a top four spot with a win at Cincinnati on Thursday but the Bearcats have been nearly flawless at home and saddled the visitors with a 97-84 defeat where Memphis couldn't grt a stop. The Bearcats connected at 53% and sank 12 more free throws to hold off the 47% accuracy of the visitors. Joe Jackson shouldered the Memphis offense with 21 points and six helpers followed closely by Michael Dixon Jr. and his 19. Austin Nichols was next in line with 17 points while chris Crawford chipped in with another nine points.
This should be a good one but if you notic, when Southern Methodist does struggle it's generally on the road and Memphis is a solid home team. I'll back them and look further in to this and will make a final decision Saturday morning...