Memphis Tigers (3-2) at Charleston Cougars (4-2)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm (HP Field House)
The Line: Charleston Cougars +1.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Memphis Tigers and Charleston Cougars will face off at HP Field House in the Advocare Invitational this Sunday night.
The Memphis Tigers improved to 3-2 on the season after defeating the Canisius Golden Griffins, 71-63, this past Friday. Memphis dominated Canisius on the glass and has no trouble securing the victory after taking a 64-53 lead with 4:55 left in regulation. Memphis shot 47.6% from the field and outrebounded Canisius by a 51-28 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Antwann Jones who had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1 steal.
On the season, Memphis is averaging 69.2 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 5.3 three-pointers per game on 24.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Memphis has been led by Kyvon Davenport (15.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg), Jeremiah Martin (14.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.4 spg), Tyler Harris (11.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Mike Parks Jr. (8.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg).
Defensively, Memphis is allowing their opponents to average 79.0 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 1.4 and a turnover margin of 3.4.
The Charleston Cougars snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 4-2 on the season after defeating the UAB Blazers, 74-51, this past Friday. Charleston was outstanding on both ends of the court and easily pulled away for victory after taking a 61-44 lead with 5:42 left in regulation. Charleston shot 55.8% from the field while holding UAB to just 35.0% shooting from the field and 26.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Cougars was Grant Riller who had 33 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.
On the season, Charleston is averaging 69.2 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 5.3 three-pointers per game on 24.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Charleston has been led by Jarrell Brantley (19.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.0 bpg), Grant Riller (18.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.2 spg), Brevin Galloway (9.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.7 spg), and Zep Jasper (7.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.5 apg).
Defensively, Charleston is holding their opponents to an average of 65.0 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of 0.7 and a turnover margin of 3.0.
The Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. CAA opponents and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Cougars are 4-1 AS in their last 5 neutral site games however, are just 20-51-1 ATS in their last 72 games following an ATS win.
Memphis and Penny Hardaway have a bunch of young talent however, it’s going to be hard for the Tigers to have much success this season unless they improve their outside shooting and defense as they rank 334th in 3P-FG% and 297th in scoring defense. Charleston is one of the better mid-major teams in the country as the gave an outstanding defense that ranks T-62nd in scoring defense and have two outstanding offensive players in Grant Riller & Jarrell Brantley. Memphis is going to improve as the season goes on as their young talent gains more experience, however, Charleston is a solid club and as I think they’ll be getting a few points once the line is released, I’m initially leaning on taking the Cougars.