Memphis vs. Providence - 11/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Providence Friars (3-1) at Memphis Tigers (4-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 25, 2016 at 9:30 pm (The Arena at NW Florida St)
The Line: Memphis Tigers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 148 See the Latest Odds
The Memphis Tigers and the Providence Friars face off on Friday in the Emerald Coast Classic college basketball tournament.
The Memphis Tigers are 4-0 this season with all of their games so far being played at home. Memphis is averaging 91.3 points per game and they are shooting 50.2 percent from the floor and 34 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 70 points and their opponents are shooting 39 percent. Dedric Lawson leads the Tigers averaging 20.8 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. K.J. Lawson is averaging 15.8 points and 9.8 rebounds, Craig Randall II is averaging 13 points, and Markel Crawford is averaging 12.8 points and 5 rebounds. Tubby Smith appears to have the Tigers buying into his system and style of play and as usual it seems to be working.
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The Providence Friars are 3-1 this season with their one loss coming at Ohio State. Providence is averaging 67 points per game and they are shooting 35.4 percent from the floor and 38.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 72 points and their opponents are shooting 50 percent. Rodney Bullock leads the Friars averaging 21 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Emmitt Holt is averaging 16.7 points for Providence, Ryan Fazekas is averaging 8.3 points, and Kyron Cartwright is averaging 7.3 points and 9.3 assists. Providence has a rebuilt roster but there appears to be a lot of talent.
Memphis is 2-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 2-6 against the spread following a win, and 0-6-1 against the spread against the Big East. Providence is 13-4 against the spread in their last 17 neutral site games, 5-2 against the spread following a win, and 1-7 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread.
Providence is in rebuilding mode and I see them pretty ripe for the picking in this spot.