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Tennessee vs Memphis wagering preview

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.

View Memphis vs Tennessee Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Tennessee opened as 1-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

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

Next up:
Memphis home to East Carolina, Wednesday, January 9
Tennessee home to Mississippi, Wednesday, January 9