The UConn Huskies (11-9, 2-5 AAC) visit Memphis to take on the Tigers (15-5, 4-3 AAC) in what should be a low-scoring game. The game gets underway at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
UConn Huskies at Memphis Tigers Free Prediction
The last time the Huskies played, they topped the Temple Owls, 78-63. The Huskies knocked down 28 of their 30 free throws (93.3 percent) and had a turnover percentage of 11.7 (better than their season average of 17.1). UConn was led by Christian Vital, who was the team’s high scorer with 15 points on 3-for-11 shooting.
The Tigers edged the UCF Knights in their last game, 59-57. Memphis’ offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest advantage over UCF. The Tigers had a rate of 27.3 (below their season average of 32.7), while the Knights posted a mark of 16.2 (below their season average of 30.4). With 18 points and 13 rebounds, Precious Achiuwa put together a good performance for Memphis.
After the Tigers won the sole game against the Huskies last season, 78-71, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Tigers knocked down 16 of their 18 free throws (88.9 percent) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.554 vs. 0.468).
Baskets could be hard to come by as two of the nation’s best defenses clash. Memphis currently ranks fifth in defensive efficiency (86.7) and UConn is 41st (92.6).
UConn Huskies at Memphis Tigers Odds Pick
Free Pick: ATS Winner – Memphis, O/U – Under
Memphis ranks 19th in rebounds per game (40.7) while UConn ranks 200th in rebounds allowed per game (36.4).
The Huskies rank 13th in three pointers allowed per game (16.9) while the Tigers rank 143rd (21.9).
Memphis averages 8.3 steals per game, which ranks 31st in the country. UConn ranks 160th in steals allowed per game (7.0).
The Tigers rank fifth in blocks per game (6.4) while the Huskies rank 134th in blocks allowed per game (3.7).
Memphis ranks 62nd in assists per game (14.7) while UConn ranks 72nd in assists allowed per game (11.6).
The Huskies have been outscored by an average of 0.4 points in their last five games. On the season, UConn has defeated opponents by an average of 5.8 points.
During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 59.4 points per game (14.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 64.8 points per game (1.2 above their season average).