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Memphis vs. Tennessee State - 12/22/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tennessee State Tigers (3-7) at Memphis Tigers (6-5)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 3:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Memphis Tigers -17.5 -- Over/Under: 157
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The Tennessee State Tigers and Memphis Tigers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the FedExForum.

The Tennessee State Tigers could use a big win after losing five of their last six games. The Tennessee State Tigers are averaging 69.9 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 78.6 points on 49.1 percent shooting. Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey is averaging 17.2 points and 5.1 rebounds while Kamar McKnight is averaging 13.5 points and 2.8 assists. Emmanuel Egbuta is grabbing 4.3 rebounds and Thomas Davis is dishing 1.3 assists. The Tennessee State Tigers are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 69 percent from the free throw line. The Tennessee State Tigers are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.4 rebounds per game. The Tennessee State Tigers have lost five of their last six road games. 

The Memphis Tigers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Memphis Tigers are averaging 82.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 81.6 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Kyvon Davenport is averaging 15.6 points and 7.9 rebounds while Tyler Harris is averaging 15.5 points and 2.1 assists. Jeremiah Martin is the third double-digit scorer and Kareem Brewton Jr. is dishing 2.4 assists. The Memphis Tigers are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 68 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Tigers are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Memphis Tigers have won five of their last six home games.

The Tigers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 6-13 ATS in their last 19 Saturday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss. The Tigers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. Ohio Valley and 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The over is 6-0 in Tigers last 6 overall. The over is 8-2 in Tigers last 10 overall. The over is 5-2 in Tigers last 7 road games. The over is 5-0 in Tigers last 5 home games.

The Memphis Tigers aren't the aggressive and quality defensive Memphis team we're used to seeing, as they trade buckets far too often and are only outscoring teams by eight points at home this season despite their home success. The Tennessee State Tigers don't win much these days, but they are battle tested on the road, which includes a game against Kentucky, and they're 4-1-1 ATS on the road this season overall. I'll take a shot with the points. Memphis doesn't get enough stops to consistently blow teams out.

Tennessee State Tigers +17.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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