Memphis Tigers at Tulane Green Wave – NCAAM December 16

Memphis (4-3) at Tulane (4-0)

Series

The Tigers have dominated this series, 57-11, as it dates back to the old Metro Conference in 1977. Memphis has also won 34 of the last 36 games between the two. The Tigers took a 74-67 overtime decision in the last meeting on Feb. 29, 2020 in New Orleans.

Vs. The Spread

Points spread issues have besieged the Tigers as they are 1-5 ATS in the last six games and the total has gone UNDER in eight of Memphis’ last nine outings. The Tigers are 5-1 ATS in their last six road contests. The Green Wave is 6-3 ATS in their last nine outings as the total has placed an UNDER in four of Tulane’s last five.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Memphis -10 (-110) -575 O 135.5 (-110)
Tulane +10 (-110) +455 U 135.5 (-110)

Last Time Out

Memphis dropped a hard-fought 74-71 decision to Auburn in Atlanta as D.J. Jeffries had 16 points and seven rebounds and he had his third consecutive game with three steals. Memphis led 63-62 with 4:11 to play before Auburn took the lead for good on an 8-2 run over the next two minutes.

Jaylen Forbes scored 16 points and Jordan Walker added 15 in the second half as Tulane topped Arkansas Pine-Bluff, 67-56. The Green Wave scored 20 points off of 18 UAPB turnovers.

Tiger Tales

Memphis Tigers LogoPenny Hardaway’s teams have taken on a defensive identity as he begins his third season at Memphis. Last season, the Tigers led the nation in defensive field goal percentage at 36.1 percent and this season, opponents shoot at a 39 percent clip over the first seven games while the Tigers are 12th, per KenPom metric, in defensive field goal efficiency.

Hardaway’s offense had a real shot in the arm from Virginia Tech transfer Landers Nolley, who leads in scoring in averaging 14 points per game and makes 40.4 percent of his triples. Jeffries and Boogie Ellis have started strong as well. Hardaway wants to see Lester Quinones pick his scoring up as he is shooting only 34.5 percent, but has 23 assists vs. only 11 turnovers in 24.9 minutes per night. Freshman big man Moussa Cisse (8.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg) is as advertised in shooting 53.6 percent and providing consistency inside.

Wave Watch

Tulane Green Wave LogoThis is the third time in four years that Tulane has started 4-0; however, strength of schedule is about to pick up immeasurably as the Green Wave are currently 311th out of 357 D-1 teams. Coach Curtis Hunter is in the second season of a major rebuild and scheduling lesser opposition is a good strategy to try to give players confidence.

Jaylen Forbes (13.8 ppg) and Jordan Walker (13.5 ppg) are providing coach Ron Hunter with a nice one-two punch on the offensive end. Defensively, the Green Wave is defending at a 34.6 percent clip as they ranked ninth in the country in scoring defense and lead the AAC in points against at 54.1 percent. It will be interesting to see how they accentuate their matchups vs. the talented Tigers.

Winner: Memphis (-10) 67, Tulane 56
Over-Under: Take UNDER 135.5

The Bets
Memphis Tigers -10
-110
UNDER 135.5
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

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