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Memphis vs. Tulsa - 3/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tulsa at Memphis
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 9:30 PM (EST)
Location
FedExForum
Memphis, TN
The Line
Memphis Tigers -8 -- Over/Under: 157
TV Channel
ESPNU
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NCAA BB | Tulsa at Memphis
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The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will travel to FedExForum to take on the Memphis Tigers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane won their 2nd straight game and improved to 18-12 (8-9 AAC) on the season after defeating the East Carolina Pirates, 91-78, this past Sunday. Tulsa led by a 45-36 margin at halftime and pulled away after taking a 71-55 lead with 9:22 left in regulation. Tulsa shot 59.3% from the field and 52.6% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Hurricane was  Curran Scott who had 23 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

On the season, Tulsa is averaging 72.3 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Golden Hurricane are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tulsa has been led by DaQuan Jeffries (13.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.2 bpg), Martins Igbanu (12.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg), Jeriah Home (9.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Sterling Taplin (9.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.1 apg).

Defensively, Tulsa is allowing their opponents to average 71.0 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Golden Hurricane have a rebound margin of -2.2 and a turnover margin of -0.5.

The Memphis Tigers had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 18-12 (10-7 AAC) on the season after being defeated by the 23rd ranked Cincinnati Bearcats, 71-69, this past Saturday. Memphis trailed for the majority of the game against the Bearcats and although they made the game exciting towards the end, the Tigers couldn’t fight back after Cincinnati took a 68-60 lead with 2:22 left in regulation. Memphis shot 48.2% from the field, however, was outrebounded by the Bearcats by a 38-31 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Tigers was Jeremiah Martin who had 28 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and a block.

On the season, Memphis is averaging 81.8 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 33.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Memphis has been led by Jeremiah Martin (19.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.4 apg, 2.2 spg), Kyvon Davenport (13.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.0 apg), Tyler Harris (11.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.1 apg), and Raynere Thornton (7.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Memphis is allowing their opponents to average 76.5 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 2.2 and a turnover margin of 1.2.

The Golden Hurricane are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.

Tulsa has won 5 of their last 7 games and have been decent on both ends of the court as the Golden Hurricane rank 109th in FG%, 171st in scoring defense, and 38th in defensive FG%.

Memphis has also won 7 of their last 9 games and although their defense has struggled as it currently ranks just 290th in scoring defense, the Tigers offense has been solid as it comes into this match-up ranked 21st in scoring offense and 84th in FG%.

Memphis lost by a 95-79 margin earlier this season in Tulsa, however, the Tigers have looked like a different team as of late and certainly is a team that has the talent to give some of the better teams in the AAC trouble in the conference tournament. Tulsa is a good team, however, they are just 3-7 on the road this season and as I think the Memphis offense will be able to have success at home agianst the Golden Hurricane defense, I’m taking Memphis to cover this large home spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Memphis Tigers -8

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