Tulane vs. Memphis - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Memphis Tigers (19-9) at Tulane Green Wave (12-16)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse)
The Line: Tulane Green Wave +5 -- Over/Under: 139.5
The Memphis Tigers and the Tulane Green Wave meet in AAC college basketball action from the Devlin Fieldhouse on Saturday night.
The Memphis Tigers will look to climb some ranks in the AAC table in the final week of the regular season, sitting at 8-7 in conference play after a 58-53 loss to SMU last time out. Precious Achiuwa leads the Tigers in scoring and rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with team-highs of 15.3 PPG and 10 RPG while D.J. Jeffries and Lester Quinones each have 10+ PPG and Alex Lomax has a team-high 4.1 APG this season. As a team, Memphis is averaging 72.6 points on 44.5% shooting from the field, 33.3% from 3-point range and 67.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 65 points on 36.6% shooting from the field and 28.9% from 3-point range this season. Memphis is 4-5 straight up and 5-4 against the spread on the road this season.
The Tulane Green Wave will try to begin the climb out of the cellar in the AAC standings, sitting at 4-12 in conference play after a 62-57 loss to Tulsa last time out. Teshaun Hightower leads Tulane in scoring with 15.8 PPG while K.J. Lawson has 13.5 PPG and Christion Thompson has 13.3 PPG along with team-highs of 6.4 RPG and 2.9 APG this season. As a team, Tulane is averaging 68.1 points on 41.5% shooting from the field, 34.6% from 3-point range and 70.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 70.5 points on 45.5% shooting from the field and 34.4% from 3-point range this season. Tulane is 7-5 straight up and 5-7 against the spread at home this season.
Head-to-head, the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
The points with Tulane are tempting as they usually are with a home dog, but the problem is that the Green Wave are still not a very good basketball team, even if they did hang around with Tulsa last time up. Memphis has had their issues all season long, but the Tigers are the better team here and I just don’t see the Green Wave hanging in back-to-back games. I’ll lay the points with Memphis on the road here.