Connecticut vs. Memphis - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Memphis Tigers (10-4) at Connecticut Huskies (10-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Gampel Pavilion)
The Line: Connecticut Huskies -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Memphis Tigers and UConn Huskies play a big AAC matchup Saturday at the Gampel Pavilion.
The Memphis Tigers hope to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Memphis Tigers are averaging 79 points on 41 percent shooting and allowing 66.4 points on 36.1 percent shooting. Dedric Lawson is averaging 14.5 points and 8.8 rebounds while Ricky Tarrant Jr. is averaging 14 points and 3.6 assists. Shaq Goodwin is the third double-digit scorer and Trashon Burrell is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Memphis Tigers are shooting 29.9 percent from beyond the arc and 71.6 percent from the free throw line. Memphis is allowing 29.3 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game. The Memphis Tigers have lost six of their last 10 road games. K.J. Lawson, Kedren Johnson and Craig Randall are questionable.
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The UConn Huskies look to rebound from a tough Tuesday loss to Temple. The UConn Huskies are averaging 78.4 points on 49.1 percent shooting and allowing 63.6 points on 38.4 percent shooting. Rodney Purvis is averaging 15.3 points and 2.4 assists while Shonn Miller is averaging 13.3 points and 5.5 rebounds. Daniel Hamilton is grabbing 8.5 rebounds and Sterling Gibbs is dishing three assists. The UConn Huskies are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. UConn is allowing 31.2 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 37.7 rebounds per game. The UConn Huskies have won 14 of their last 17 home games.
The Tigers are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 road games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Huskies are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss and 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS loss. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
UConn usually does a nice job of bouncing back from tough losses, and the Huskies also play up to their comp. Don't expect UConn to take Memphis lightly, which should result in a solid double-digit victory.