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March Madness - George Washington Colonials face Memphis Tigers: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

George Washington Colonials Memphis Tigers
24-8 March 21, 2014, 06:55 | PNC Arena 23-9

Memphis has paid off ATS in just one of its last five opening games at the NCAA tournament as they take on No. 9 George Washington in East Region betting action at the event on Friday.

The Tigers were laying three points as of Thursday, according to Bovada while the total was 142.5 over at TopBet.

Memphis is just 2-6-1 ATS in its past nine games overall and 1-4 ATS in its past five first-round games. The OVER is 13-4-1 past 18 George Washington games as underdogs and George Washington has also struggled at tournament time, as their 0-4-1 ATS record indicates.

Odds Shark computer pick - 73.3-72.3 Tigers

Memphis battles the Colonials, currently sitting with a 24-8 mark (17-10 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 10-18 for the Tigers and 13-14 for the Colonials.

View George Washington Colonials vs Memphis Tigers Odds and Stats.

This game puts the Tigers, most recently No. 185 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Colonials, who rate No. 170 in the latest survey.

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George Washington lost its last outing, a 74-55 result against Virginia Commonwealth on March 15. They failed to cover in that game as a 6-point underdog. George Washington suffered a 74-55 loss against Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday, getting 15 points from Isaiah Armwood in a losing effort at Barclays Center.

Memphis was a 72-53 loser in its last match on the road against Connecticut. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as favorites. Connecticut earned a 72-53 victory over Memphis on Thursday, getting 24 points from Niels Giffey at FedExForum.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Colonials rank No. 41 in NCAA Division 1 with 37.38 per game. That compares with Memphis’s No. 35 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Memphis is college basketball's No. 184-ranked team at 5.41 per game, while the Colonials rate No. 155 with 5.78 per game.

A few Colonials at Tigers trends to consider:
George Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of George Washington's last 6 games
Memphis is 2-6-1 ATS in its last 9 games
Memphis is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games