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#653 Memphis vs.
#654 Seton Hall
Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 8:00pm EST
Written by Kevin V.

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The Memphis Tigers (2-1, 0-0 AAC) play the Seton Hall Pirates (3-1, 0-0 Big East) on Thursday in the opening round of the ESPN Events Invitational in Kissimmee, Florida at the State Farm Fieldhouse. Memphis defeated VCU 62-47 on Sunday behind 26 points from Kendric Davis. Seton Hall defeated Wagner 82-44 on Sunday, bouncing back from its only loss when falling to Iowa 83-67. Memphis will play without Jahmar Young Jr, while Ian Granja and Damaria Franklin are questionable. Dre Davis is questionable for Seton Hall.

Memphis needs to make more stops on defense

The Memphis Tigers are allowing an average of 68.0 points per game which is 167th in the nation. The Tigers are allowing a field goal shooting percentage of 39.2% and a three-point shooting percentage of 33.8%. Memphis is allowing an average of 31.7 rebounds per game and the Tigers are averaging 38.0 rebounds per game. The king of the boards for Memphis is DeAndre Williams with an average of 9.0 rebounds per game. Williams is also the leader in steals with an average of 2.3 per contest and has a team-best average in swats at 1.0 blocked shots per game.

 

Memphis is scoring an average of 74.0 points per game, with a field goal shooting percentage of 43.9% and a three-point shooting percentage of 29.2%. Kendric Davis is the leading scorer for Memphis with an average of 20.0 points per game. Davis is shooting 42.9% overall and 31.6% from long range. Williams is the second-leading scorer with an average of 15.3 points per game and the only other player besides Davis to average double figures in scoring. Williams is shooting 60.0% overall. Davis is the leader in assists with an average of 5.7 dishes per contest. The Tigers are turning the ball over at a rate of 13.7 times per game.

Seton Hall's defense is its key to success

Seton Hall is off to a strong start on the defensive end, allowing an average of only 55.8 points per game. The Pirates are allowing the fourth-lowest field goal shooting percentage in the nation at 32.8% and the sixth-lowest 3-point shooting percentage at 21.3%. Seton Hall allows an average of 31.5 rebounds per game and the Pirates are averaging 42.8 boards per contest led by Tyrese Samuel with an average of 6.0 rebounds per game. Kadary Richmond Is the leader in steals with an average of 1.8 per game and Samuel is the leader in blocked shots with an average of 1.0 swats per contest.

The Seton Hall offense is averaging 77.0 points per game. The Pirates are shooting 45.4% overall and 39.0% from behind the three-point line, which is 48th in the country. Al-Amir Dawes is the leading scorer for Seton Hall with an average of 12.0 points per game but is shooting only 40.5% overall and 50.0% from three-point territory. Dre Davis, who is questionable for Thursday, is the second-leading scorer with an average of 11.3 points per game. Davis is shooting 45.0% overall and 50% from three-point territory. Jamir Harris is the leader in assists with an average of 2.0 dishes per contest. Seton Hall is averaging 16.0 turnovers per contest.

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Memphis will face a tough defense when playing against Seton Hall, but the Tigers’ offense is generating 74.0 points per game and the Tigers’ defense will face a Seton Hall offense that is shooting only 45.4% overall and could be without its second-leading scorer Dre Davis, who missed Seton Hall's victory over Wagner and has a knee injury that could prevent him from being 100%, even if able to play. Memphis has covered the spread in four of its last five overall. Seton Hall has played against second-tier Division 1 opponents in three or four games and in the only game played thus far against a top-tier opponent, was defeated easily by Iowa 83-67.

Prediction: Memphis Tigers -1.5

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The only way Seton Hall will be able to defeat Memphis is to keep the score low and the Pirates are allowing an average of only 55.8 points per game.The total has finished under in each of the last nine games that Seton Hall has played overall. The total has also finished under in eight of the last 10 games that Memphis has played on a Thursday

Prediction: UNDER 138.5
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Written By Kevin Vallego , "Kevin V."

Kevin grew up in a sports-only household. Every afternoon was set to watching any sport that was on T.V. After years of watching sports he got introduced to the betting world, and soon stats, trends, and odds were Kevin's best friends. Now, almost 2 decades later, His life revolves around sports, writing about them, and betting on them. We are glad to have Kevin on our Winners & Whiners & StatSalt teams and you should be happy that we have him as well.