Memphis at Houston
|Date & Time||Saturday March 16, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
Houston Cougars -7.5 -- Over/Under: 149
The Memphis Tigers and 11th ranked Houston Cougars will square off at FedExForum this Saturday afternoon in the Semifinals of the AAC Men’s Tournament.
The 5-seed Memphis Tigers (21-12; 11-7) had one of their most impressive performances of the season and reached the Semifinals of the AAC Men’s Tournament for the 2nd consecutive season after upsetting the 4-seed UCF Knights, 79-55, on Friday afternoon. Memphis dominated UCF on both ends of the court and led by double-digits throughout the 2nd half after they went into halftime with a 37-27 lead. Memphis shot 45.6% from the field agianst the tough UCF defense, while holding Knights to just 35.8% shooting from the field and 30.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Tigers was Isaiah Maurice who had 21 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 block.
Coming into their game against UCF, Memphis was averaging 81.3 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Tigers were averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 32.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Memphis has been led by Jeremiah Martin (19.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.6 apg, 2.3 spg), Kyvon Davenport (13.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.1 apg), Tyler Harris (11.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Kareem Brewton Jr. (8.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Memphis was allowing their opponents to average 76.0 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 2.2 and a turnover margin of 1.1.
The 11th ranked Houston Cougars (30-2; 16-2) demonstrated why they’re the top-seed in the AAC Men’s Championship after demolishing the 9-seed UConn Huskies, 84-45, on Friday afternoon. Houston was relentless on the defensive end agianst the Huskies and had no issues pulling away in the 2nd half after taking a 39-25 halftime lead. Houston shot 46.4% from the field, while holding UConn to just 25.9% shooting from the field and 11.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Cougars was Corey Davis Jr. who had 22 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.
Coming into their game against UConn, Houston was averaging 76.4 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Cougars were averaging 9.4 three-pointers per game on 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Houston has been led by Corey Davis Jr. (16.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.0 spg), Armoni Brooks (13.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg), Dejon Jarreau (9.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.3 apg), and Galen Robinson Jr. (7.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.2 spg).
Defensively, Houston was holding their opponents to an average of 61.6 ppg on 37.4% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of 7.9 and a turnover margin of 0.9.
Houston won their only match-up against Memphis this season as they Cougars defeating the Tigers by a 90-77 margin in early January.
The Tigers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cougars are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 22-8-1 ATS in their last 31 games vs. AAC opponents.
Houston has been incredible this season as they’ve just piled up wins behind one of the best defenses in the country as they come into this match-up ranked 10th in scoring defense & 2nd in defensive FG%. Memphis had some growing pains early on in the season, however, the Tigers have been playing their best basketball of the season as of late, winning 6 of their last 7 games, and has been led by their offense that ranks 25th in scoring offense & 92nd in FG%. Houston is a great team, however, Memphis seems to be clicking on all cylinders at the moment and as the Tigers have an offense that can put up points against the tough Cougars defense, I’m taking Memphis and the points in this one. Good Luck!