Memphis vs. Jacksonville State - 2/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Jacksonville State Gamecocks (9-15) at Memphis Tigers (13-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Tigers -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Jacksonville State Gamecocks and Memphis Tigers meet Wednesday at the FedExForum.
The Jacksonville State Gamecocks have lost six of their last eight games and look for their second road win. On the season, Jacksonville State is averaging 61 points on 37.2 percent shooting and is allowing 69.2 points on 46 percent shooting. Darion Rackley is averaging 15.4 points and 1.9 assists while D.J. Felder is averaging 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. JaQuail Townser is dishing 3.5 assists and Avery Moore is shooting 34.7 percent from the field. The Jacksonville State Gamecocks have five players averaging at least 6.8 points, and they’re shooting 71.7 percent from the line and 28.6 percent from downtown. Defensively, Jacksonville State is allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in four of its last five games.
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The Memphis Tigers hope to keep things rolling after winning six of their last 10 games. On the season, Memphis is averaging 67.6 points on 44.6 percent shooting and is allowing 62.4 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Austin Nichols is averaging 13.2 points and six rebounds while Trashon Burrell is averaging 9.1 points and 2.1 assists. Nick King is grabbing 5.1 rebounds and Avery Woodson is shooting 41.5 percent from the field. The Memphis Tigers have seven players averaging at least five points, and they’re shooting 66.9 percent from the line and 34.1 percent from downtown. Defensively, Memphis is allowing 29.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 58 or less points in four of its last seven games.
The Gamecocks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Tigers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
I'm just not sure how focused Memphis is going to be for this game after just playing Gonzaga on the road. Jacksonville State hasalso played some tough road games already such as Louisville, so the crowd shouldn't be an issue. This is probably a game you should pass but if forced to cap, I'm taking the points simply due to a lack of motivation from the Tigers.