Siena Saints vs. Memphis Tigers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/28/13
Memphis Tigers (2-1) at Siena Saints (2-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 6:30 pm (HP Field House)
The Line: Siena Saints +18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The #19 Memphis Tigers take the hardwood in Orlando to face the Siena Saints in an Old Spice Classic opener.
Memphis looks to climb the national rankings with a good showing in the Old Spice Classic. The Tigers need to impress as they try to erase the memory of 101-80 pounding at the hands of Oklahoma State. The team did rebound to take some frustration out on Nichols State who might have been in the wrong place at the wrong time in 98-59 rout. Memphis jumped to a 22 point lead after 20 minutes and continued the beat down until the final buzzer behind over 52% marksmanship with the Colonels checking in at 36%. The Tigers held a substantial edge throughout the boxscore including a 32-9 margin at the line. Austin Nichols led the scoring spree with 20 points with Joe Jackson next up with 18 while Michael Dixon Jr added 16 points with Chris Crawford and Nick King combining for 23.
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Siena checks in to the Old Spice Classic with a 2-4 record following an 81-73 loss to Purdue on an okay schedule. Not too tough of a slate and the defeats have been reasonably competitive where the Saints have generally hung tough for periods. That trend continued against the Boilermakers where they trailed by just three at the break. One problem the Saints have had is shooting the basketball and their 39% effort did not change including a 1-10 mark from distance which made nine more looks go by the wayside. Evan Hymes paced the offense with 1r points to lead all scorers with Brett Bisping adding 16 points and eight rebounds while Rob Poole and Marquis Wright tossed in 12 and tten points with Wright grabbing eleven boards.
Siena is a team that will rise up and perform well when not expected and that's the danger here. If Memphis gets out to an early lead I like them to cover or else Siena will hang around within the number...