Memphis vs. Arkansas-Little Rock - 11/14/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (0-1) at Memphis Tigers (0-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Tigers -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Sub Belt and the AAC go head-to-head on the hardwood Tuesday night, as the Little Rock Trojans and the Memphis Tigers both look for their first wins of the 2017-18 season.
The Little Rock Trojans will look to rebound from a horrific start to their season, an 81-79 upset loss to D-II Ouachita on Saturday. Damir Hadzic led the team with 16 points on 7 of 11 shooting with a pair of threes. Ben Marcus came 2nd with 12 points in 14 minutes while Wadly Mompremier added 11 points on a perfect 4 for 4 from the field, and Andre Jones chipped in 10 points to go along with a team-high 5 assists. Oliver Black added 8 points and a team-high 9 boards, while Jaizec Lottie added 5 dimes of his own in 25 minutes off of the bench for the Trojans. As a team, Little Rock is scoring 79 points per game on 55% shooting from the field, 30% from behind the arc and 43.8% from the foul line this season.
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The Memphis Tigers will also try to bounce back after losing their opener as well, an 82-70 decision at the hands of Alabama on Friday. Kyvon Davenport led the Tigers with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double, while Kareem Brewton Jr. added 13 points and a team-high 4 assists and 3 steals. Jimario Rivers, Jeremiah Martin and Jamal Johnson each chipped in 10 points apiece, with Martin added 7 boards, Rivers going 4 for 7 from the floor and Johnson hitting 6 of his 7 free throw attempts in the loss. As a team, Memphis is scoring 70 points per game on 38.3% shooting from the field, 11.8% from behind the 3-point line and 61.1% from the charity stripe this season.
We will update with trends when/if they are released.
Normally I’m not one to back a double-digit favorite after one game, but I have no sympathy for Little Rock after how they played against a D-II team like Ouachita. Memphis losing to Alabama is at least somewhat forgivable, something that I can’t say for the Trojans right now, so I’ll back Alabama as more of a fade from Little Rock here.