Memphis vs. Oklahoma State - 12/13/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-1) at Memphis Tigers (3-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Tigers +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma State Cowboys and Memphis Tigers square off Saturday at the FedExForum.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are off to a 7-1 start and are looking for their first true road win. On the season, Oklahoma State is averaging 73.4 points on 43.3 percent shooting and is allowing 60.3 points on 37.6 percent shooting. Le'Bryan Nash leads the Cowboys with 17.6 points and 7.1 rebounds while Phil Forte III is averaging 17.5 points and three steals. Michael Cobbins is grabbing 5.8 rebounds per game and Anthony Hickey Jr. is shooting 43.3 percent from the field. The Oklahoma State Cowboys are once again a quality offensive team that’s shooting 70.4 percent from the free throw line and 33.7 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Oklahoma State is forcing nearly 15 turnovers per contest and has held seven of its eight opponents to 68 or less points.
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The Memphis Tigers have split their first six games and will play their first game in a week. On the season, Memphis is averaging 62.8 points on 42.1 percent shooting and is allowing 60.3 points on 37 percent shooting. Shaq Goodwin leads Memphis with 11.8 points and seven rebounds while Austin Nichols is averaging 10.2 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Nick King is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game and Avery Woodson is shooting 42.2 percent from the field. The Memphis Tigers rely on their defense that’s holding teams to 30.3 percent shooting from deep and producing more than seven blocks per game. Memphis is also a solid rebounding team that’s snagging 36.8 boards per game. However, Memphis struggles offensively and is shooting just 31.6 percent from deep.
The Cowboys are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 road games and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss. The Tigers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big 12 and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games.
It's tough to beat the Memphis Tigers at home, as the crowd is rowdy and gives this athletic team energy it doesn't seem to play with on the road. I like Memphis to win this game outright but the free bucket is worth taking as well.