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Memphis Tigers vs. SE Missouri State Redhawks Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/21/13

SE Missouri State Redhawks (7-3) at Memphis Tigers (7-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)

The Line: Memphis Tigers -20 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The 15th-ranked Memphis Tigers look to rebound from a tough defeat when they host the Southeastern Missouri Red Hawks Saturday.

Memphis is 7-2 and fresh off a narrow 77-75 loss to #16 Florida in the Jimmy V. Classic Tuesday after the Tigers’ last second shot was partially blocked at the buzzer. The Tigers hit 47 percent from the field and connected on 6 of 18 from distance. Senior G Joe Jackson scored a team-high 17 points on 5 of 13 shooting and made 6 of 6 from the free throw line, while senior G Geron Johnson added 13 points and 5 assists. The Gators led most of the way in the first half and held a ten point advantage before Memphis closed the gap and took a 36-35 lead at the 2:41 mark. Florida quickly went back on top and went into the break ahead 41-38. The back and forth continued in the second half with Florida countering every Tigers surge, pushing the lead to 75-70 with 1:20 left. Memphis cut the lead to 77-75 on two Shaq Goodwin free throws with 18 seconds left, setting up a layup by Johnson that was partially blocked at the horn. Through nine games, Memphis is averaging 83.7 ppg on 48 percent shooting and Jackson leads the team with 15.2 ppg.

Memphis Tigers vs. SE Missouri State Redhawks Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/21/13

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Meanwhile, Southeastern Missouri State comes in with a record of 7-3 and off a 75-69 loss to Illinois-Chicago Dec. 14 that stalled the Red Hawk’s five-game winning streak. SE Missouri shot 24 of 60 from the floor and hit just 5 of 21 from beyond the arc. Junior G Jarekious Bradley led all scorers with 28 points on 10 of 16 shooting and grabbed 9 rebounds, while junior G Darrian Gray added 14 points and 7 boards. The Flames stormed out to a 16-0 by the 14-minute mark of the first half, but the Red Hawks trimmed the lead to 38-33 at the half. Chicago-Illinois held a 64-63 advantage at the 3:38 mark and SE Missouri could get no closer from there. On the season, the Red Hawks are averaging 85.6 ppg on 50 percent shooting and Bradley leads the team with 19.5 ppg.

Memphis opened up a 20-point favorite in this one and the Red Hawks’ losses to a good St. Louis team by 13 and Ball State by 5 are really the only frame of reference. Memphis hasn’t really been blowing that many teams out either, with their biggest romp coming over Nicholls State (who everyone’s destroyed) by 39. Other than that, they’ve won two games by more than 20. The points look like the play.

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