College Basketball Picks

Memphis vs Connecticut

When: 3:15 PM ET, Sunday, March 13, 2016
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Line: UConn -5.5, Total: 138.5
TV: 3:15 p.m. ET, ESPN

Memphis vs Connecticut Preview

The Huskies beat Memphis twice during the regular season, followed up its heart-stopping four-overtime triumph against Cincinnati on Friday with a solid effort in a 77-62 win over top-seeded Temple on Saturday. Memphis has raised its level of play on offense a few notches, averaging 82 points in the last three games after routing both Tulsa and Tulane in the tournament. The Huskies might have sealed at least an at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament already, but the Tigers definitely must win to gain a bid.

Memphis (19-14): The Tigers have received contributions from many different players on the offensive end in the first two games of the tournament and forced Tulane into 18 turnovers in the semifinals. Freshman Dedric Lawson is averaging 19.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and three assists in the tournament while senior Shaq Goodwin scored 16 on Saturday and is 8-of-14 from the field in Orlando. Guard Avery Woodson, who is scoring 9.6 per game and has made 77 3-pointers this season, is doubtful after suffering a shoulder injury Friday.

Connecticut (23-10): Daniel Hamilton is playing some of his best basketball at the right time in the tournament while averaging 25.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, five assists and turning the ball over just three times in 89 minutes of action. Freshman Jalen Adams, who drained a 62-foot shot to send Friday’s game to a fourth overtime, has poured in 33 points in the tournament while forward Shonn Miller scored 19 on Saturday. The Huskies need a big game from 7-0 center Amida Brimah, who boasts 16 rebounds and eight blocked shots in the tournament.

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Betting Trends

Team record: 19-14 SU,13-16-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Memphis is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Memphis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis’s last 6 games

Team record: 23-10 SU,15-14-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Connecticut is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Connecticut is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Connecticut’s last 6 games

Memphis vs Connecticut Prediction

Al boost for the Huskies has been impact center Amidah Brimah, shaking off the rust after missing eleven games with a broken finger. Brimah has averaged three blocked shots over the Huskies last eight games while showing a continued rise in confidence offensively. In order for the Tigers to stay in Sunday’s contest, they’ll need to showcase an offensive identity outside of their open court style. That will be too much to ask from the Tigers.

Score Prediction: Tigers 76 – Huskies 65
Taking Memphis -5.5