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#709 Memphis vs.
#710 Tennessee
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 3:00pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino



#709 University of Memphis
#710 University of Tennessee


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The #19 Tennessee Volunteers will host the #13 Memphis Cougars in a state rivalry battle Saturday afternoon from the Thompson-Boling Arena. The Tigers posted a 65-57 road win at UAB in their previous game, and the Volunteers crushed Florida A&M by a 72-43 score in their latest tilt. The Volunteers registered a 102-92 road win against Memphis last season.

Memphis Targets Seventh Consecutive Win

The #13 Memphis Tigers are seeking their seventh consecutive victory in this one. They have been sharp in both ends of the court in their winning streak which includes wins against NC State and Bradley, followed by a 65-57 road win against UAB in their latest game last weekend.

Precious Achiuwa continues to produce, recording a double-double in four out of his last five games. The freshman forward is a great defensive player and he is averaging a team-leading 13.9 PPG and 9.6 RPG on the season. D.J. Jeffries has cooled down recently, scoring a combined 24 points in his last three games. The freshman forward scored 10 points in Saturday’s win, and he is averaging 12 points on 54.3% shooting. Lester Quinones is taking a ton of three’s but he is only shooting 24% from deep. The freshman guard is posting 10.3 PPG. Quinones will not play in this game due to a hand injury.

The Tigers continue to play without the talented James Wiseman due to eligibility issues. Wiseman has averaged 19.7 PPG in three games. Memphis is ranked #13th in the AP Top 25, and Ken Pomeroy has them at 34th overall in his ratings. The Tigers won their lone road game, and they are averaging 82.1 points, good for 25th in the country. They are holding opponents to 64.8 points, placing them 109th overall.

Tennessee Rebounds from First Defeat

The #19 Tennessee Volunteers are hunting for their third straight win. The Volunteers' lone defeat of the season was a narrow 60-57 loss to Florida State and they have beaten ranked Washington and VCU squads this season. Tennessee posted an easy 72-43 win against Florida A&M in their latest game in a matchup that had the Vols favored by 30 points.

Jordan Bowden only scored three points in his previous game. Overall, the senior guard is playing well, recording a terrific 42.1% clip from three-point range and he is averaging a team-leading 13.9 PPG. Lamonte Turner scored 20 points in the loss to Florida State. The senior guard is not an accurate shooter, logging an abysmal 30% shooting percentage, and he is logging 13.8 PPG. Yves Pons is a great defensive player and he is consistently producing offensively as well. The junior guard features a 53.7% field goal efficiency and he is sporting an average of 12.6 PPG and 5.5 RPG.

The Volunteers' are ranked 19th in the AP Top 25 rankings, and Ken Pomeroy has them at 21st in his ratings. Tennessee is a perfect 5-0 on their home court. They are not a high-scoring team, averaging 71.3 points, placing them 200th overall. The Volunteers are limiting opponents to 55.9 points, good for eighth in all of DI.

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I am siding with Tennessee in this showdown. Tennessee has already defeated two ranked teams this season against Washington and VCU, while Memphis lost their lone game against a ranked opponent against Oregon. The Volunteers stifling defense should neutralize the Tigers. Memphis has only scored 71 and 65 points respectively in their last two games against Bradley and UAB.

Furthermore, the Memphis defense is inconsistent. They recently allowed 86 points to Ole Miss and 78 points to NC State. They are also playing without a few key players in James Wiseman (19.7 PPG) and Lester Quinones (10.3 PPG).

Prediction: Tennessee Volunteers

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I anticipate a defensive battle. The Volunteers defense is very difficult to solve. They have conceded 60 or fewer points in four out of their last five games overall, and the only team that was able to have any success against them was VCU. The under is 4-1 in their last five games overall.

In addition, Memphis is also an outstanding defensive team. They have limited their last two opponents to 56 and 57 points respectively and the Vols play at a slower pace and don’t score big points. The under is 5-0 in the Tigers’ last five road games and that trend should resume in this one.

Prediction: Under

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The under on the Memphis team total offered on PoinstBet is worth a look. Tennessee held a ranked Washington team to 40% shooting and VCU to a 39% clip. The Vols are also outstanding against the three as opponents are only shooting 30.8% from deep against them. Tennessee is limiting opponents to 55 points per game and they will shut down Memphis in this one.

Prediction: Memphis Team Total Under

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I am going with the over on the first half total. Memphis is piling on the points in the first half where they are averaging a remarkable 40.8 points on the season, good for 11th in the country. Tennessee also ranks in the top third of DI in points, averaging 34.1 points in the first half.

Prediction: Over

Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.