The No. 9 Memphis Tigers (11-1) put their nine-game winning streak on the line when they clash with the Tulane Green Wave (8-4) at FedExForum. The game starts at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, December 30, 2019, and will air on CBS Sports Network.
Tulane Green Wave at Memphis Tigers Betting Prediction
The Green Wave are trying to rebound after their 86-82 loss to the Towson Tigers in their last contest. Towson out-rebounded Tulane. The Tigers had more offensive rebounds (11 vs. five), defensive rebounds (33 vs. 23) and total rebounds (44 vs. 28). Teshaun Hightower was the top scorer from either team with 33 points on 9-for-15 shooting.
In the Tigers’ last matchup, they had no trouble getting past the New Orleans Privateers, 97-55. The Tigers had an extraordinary effective field goal percentage of 0.619 (above their season average of 0.516) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 43.8 (above their season average of 34.4). Precious Achiuwa led Memphis in scoring with 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the field.
This has potential to be a mistake-prone game for the offense of Memphis. Memphis ranks 326th in the country in ball protection (turnover percentage of 22.7 percent), while the gambling defense of Tulane forces the 19th-most turnovers in the NCAA (25.0 percent).
After the Tigers won all three games against the Green Wave last season, these teams will clash for the first time this year. In the last game, Memphis won 83-68. The Tigers knocked down 18 of their 22 free throws (81.8 percent) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.560 vs. 0.435).
Tulane Green Wave at Memphis Tigers Betting Pick
Free Pick: ATS Winner – Tulane, O/U – Under
Memphis ranks ninth in rebounds per game (42.3) while Tulane ranks 227th (32.8).
The Tigers rank second in blocks per game (7.2) while the Green Wave rank 181st (2.0).
Tulane ranks 12th in steals allowed per game (4.7) while Memphis ranks 180th (8.2).
The Tigers average 14.9 assists per game, which ranks 61st in the nation. The Green Wave rank 200th in assists allowed per game (15.1).
Tulane ranks 119th in three pointers attempted per game (22.8) while Memphis ranks 243rd (18.3).
The Green Wave have been outscored by an average of 2.6 points in their last five games. On the season, Tulane has defeated opponents by an average of 5.3 points.
During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 72.2 points per game (8.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 52.8 points per game (8.4 below their season average).