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Memphis vs. UCF - 1/27/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UCF Knights at Memphis Tigers
Date & Time Sunday January 27, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
FedExForum
Memphis, Tennessee
The Line
The Line: Memphis Tigers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 149
TV Channel
CBSSN
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The UCF Knights and Memphis Tigers meet Sunday in college basketball action at the FedExForum.

The UCF Knights look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The UCF Knights are averaging 74.5 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 63 points on 38.7 percent shooting. B.J. Taylor is averaging 17.1 points and 2.9 assists while Aubrey Dawkins is averaging 16.2 points and 5.5 rebounds. Tacko Fall is the third double-digit scorer and Collin Smith is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The UCF Knights are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 62.9 percent from the free throw line. The UCF Knights are allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.6 rebounds per game. The UCF Knights have split their last four road games.

The Memphis Tigers look for a statement win after winning six of their last eight games. The Memphis Tigers are averaging 83.6 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 77.1 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Jeremiah Martin is averaging 15.4 points and 4.1 assists while Kyvon Davenport is averaging 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds. Tyler Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Kareem Brewton Jr. is dishing 2.2 assists. The Memphis Tigers are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Tigers are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.6 rebounds per game. The Memphis Tigers have won their last six home games.

The Knights are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games. The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Knights are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 12-3-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings. The over is 11-3 in Tigers last 14 overall. The over is 4-1 in Knights last 5 Sunday games.

The UCF Knights are probably the better team here and have won each of the last four meetings against the Memphis Tigers. There's reason to consider the free bucket with the Knights. However, the Memphis Tigers are a solid 7-4 ATS at home this season and are winning by an average of 16 points while shooting 49.1 percent from the field. While scoring on UCF isn't easy, if Memphis has anywhere close to that offensive success in this game, UCF will have a hard time keeping up. This is a big game for Memphis if this season is going to result in anything down the stretch. At home, I like Memphis to step up and get a big conference victory.

Pick:
Memphis Tigers -1.5

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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