The Memphis Tigers and the Seton Hall Pirates meet in college basketball action from the State Farm Field House on Thursday night.
The Memphis Tigers will be out to build on their 62-47 win over VCU in their last game. Kendric Davis leads the Tigers in scoring and assists, logging 20 PPG and 5.7 APG while DeAndre Williams has 15.3 PPG and a team-high 9 RPG to lead the Tigers in rebounding as the only other double-digit scorer for Memphis up to this point in the season. As a team, Memphis is averaging 74 PPG on 43.9% shooting from the field, 29.2% from three and 77.6% from the foul line this season.
The Seton Hall Pirates will be out to build on their 82-44 win over Wagner in their last matchup. Al-Amir Dawes leads the Pirates in scoring with 12 PPG along with 4.8 RPG while Dre Davis has 11.3 PPG with 4.3 RPG. Tyrese Samuel has 10.5 PPG along with a team-high 6 RPG to lead the Pirates in rebounding while Tray Jackson also has 10.3 PPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Seton Hall so far this season. As a team, Seton Hall is averaging 77 PPG on 45.4% shooting from the field, 39% from three and 70.3% from the foul line this season.
Memphis is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 neutral site games. Seton Hall is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.
I get the reasoning for backing either side in this game, but I’m going to actually back the under here. Surprisingly, Memphis is the more efficient defense in this matchup according to KenPom, and the Pirates, well, we already knew the defensive prowess they were going to have coming into this game as they’ve been really good on that end of the floor under Shaheen Holloway. I think this is going to be a very physical game and I look for this one to come in under the number.