Memphis at Tulsa 1/11/17 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions
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Memphis Tigers vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricanes
NCAAB: 8:00 PM EST
Jan. 11, 2017
Latest Odds : MEM -1.5 Total 141
Memphis (12-4, 2-1) is rolling, with five wins in its last six games. On the season, the Tigers have some wins that will likely end up looking like some high-quality results. They've already beaten Iowa, South Carolina and Connecticut.
In terms of overall wins, Memphis is one of five teams with at least 12 wins. The Tigers will likely be competing with SMU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF for perhaps two or three spots in the NCAA tournament. They came up short last season, with a 19-15, 8-10 record. This year, they'll look to turn narrow losses from last year into wins.
Sophomore guard Dedric Lawson averages 20.4 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game. His number of swatted shots is impressive, and he has a pair of games in the last five with five blocks.
Tulsa (7-7, 1-1) has lost three of its last four games. The Golden Hurricane opened conference play with a win in a tight game against Connecticut, and then a three-point loss at Houston. A road win against the Cougars would have been huge for Tulsa, but it needs to regroup and prepare for an important matchup with Memphis.
Junior forward Junior Etou averages 11.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Golden Hurricane. Etou can put up high point totals when he gets to the free-throw line often. Case in point, he has had two games in the last five with at least six free-throw attempts. In those two, he's averaged 20 points. In the other three, he's put up just five points per game.
Recent Betting Trends:
Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Golden Hurricane are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Under is 5-1 in Tigers last 6 Wednesday games.
Under is 8-0 in Golden Hurricane last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Free Betting Pick: Memphis Tigers -1.5
The second tier American Conference teams face off tonight and we expect close game. In the end the Memphis superior athletes get it done on the defensive end and Tigers get much needed win. Final Score Prediction, Memphis Tigers win and cover ATS 79-74.