The Memphis Tigers will have the attention of OVER bettors on the college basketball lines at the sportsbooks on Friday night as they take on the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boiling Arena.
The Tigers are 6-0-1 on the OVER/UNDER so far this season as they meet the Volunteers on Friday. Memphis is 3-2 SU but just 2-3 ATS over its past five games against Tennessee, beating them 69-51 as an 8-point home favorite when they last met last January.
The Volunteers sit at 8-3 (4-4-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Tigers are currently 9-3 (3-6 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Tennessee is 3-5 OU, and Memphis is 6-0-1 OU.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 64-ranked Volunteers and the No. 151-rated Tigers in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 74-71 win for the Tigers on Friday.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Tennessee's No. 274-ranked scoring average of 63.1 PPG, against a Tigers defense rated No. 154 and allowing 65.1 PPG. The Volunteers FG% has averaged 42.2% to date this season, less than the Tigers shooters have managed so far (47.2% per game).
Defensively, Memphis features the nation's No. 328-rated defense on the road, allowing 81 points per game. Tennessee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 236 nationally in scoring at home.
Memphis was a 78-64 winner in its last match at home against Loyola. They failed to cover the 14.5-point spread as favorites. Memphis got 22 points from Joe Jackson en route to a 78-64 victory over Loyola on Sunday at FedExForum.
Tennessee was a 51-47 winner in their most recent outing at home against Xavier. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites. The Volunteers grabbed a 51-47 win over the Musketeers on Saturday, behind a 12-point effort from Josh Richardson at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Memphis Tigers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 10-0
Before playing East Carolina are 7-3
After a win are 7-3
Tennessee Volunteers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Mississippi are 8-2
After playing Xavier are 2-0
After a win are 6-4
A few Tigers at Volunteers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Memphis's last 5 games on the road
Memphis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Memphis is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Tennessee
Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Tennessee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tennessee's last 7 games when playing Memphis
Tennessee is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Memphis
Memphis home to East Carolina, Wednesday, January 9
Tennessee home to Mississippi, Wednesday, January 9