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Where: FedExForum, Memphis, TN
When: Saturday, March 16, 3:00 PM. ET.
The Houston Cougars will be going for their fourth consecutive win when they take on the Memphis Tigers in the semifinals of the AAC tournament on Saturday afternoon.
Tigers Going For Sixth Win In Seven Games
The Tigers are coming off an impressive blowout win over UCF, defeating the team with the third-best record in the conference 79-55. They will be hoping their momentum continues as they try to upset the regular season champions on Saturday.
FINAL | On to the semifinals!
— Memphis Basketball (@Memphis_MBB) March 15, 2019
They lost their regular season meeting against the Cougars, but they have won six of their last seven games and will enter this contest with a lot of confidence.
Memphis played well offensively, averaging 81.3 points per game. The team shot 45.9 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range.
Jeremiah Martin leads the way for the Tigers with 19.5 points and 4.6 assists per game. Kyvon Davenport is averaging 13.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, while Tyler Harris averages 11.0 points and 1.7 assists per game.
The Tigers haven’t fared as well defensively, holding opponents to 75.2 points per game. They played well in their last three games, holding their opponents to 62 points per game. They will need to keep playing well defensively if they want to upset the Cougars on Saturday.
Cougars Going For 16th win in 17 Games
The Cougars are one of the hottest teams in the country. They have looked impressive during their tournament run and are coming off an 84-45 win over UConn. They will be trying to punch their ticket to the AAC final with a win over the Tigers, giving them their fourth win in a row and 16th win in their last 17 games.
UConn Coach Dan Hurley on @UHCougarMBK: "That is a pack of wolves, 1 thru 10.The 2nd group they put in there would've finished in the top 4 in the league..That is a Final 4 caliber team..Was like a tidal wave that hit us..We just got demoralized by the level they were playing at" pic.twitter.com/1paAPDe3ps
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) March 15, 2019
Houston has done well on offense, averaging 76.7 points per game. The team is shooting 45 percent from the field and 36.6 percent from three-point range.
Corey Davis Jr. leads the way for the Cougars with 16.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Armoni Brooks is averaging 13.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, while Dejon Jarreau is averaging 9.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.
The Cougars have done a better job on the defensive end and are holding opponents to 61.1 points per game, which is 10th in the country. They held UConn to 45 points in their last game and will need to continue playing well on defense to pick up the win on Saturday
- 7-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games.
- 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS win.
- 22-8-1 ATS in their last 31 vs. American Athletic Conference.
- 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Both teams are playing very well against the spread, but the Tigers have the edge because they are playing with a lot of confidence right now and won’t be intimidated by the Cougars. The Tigers have also played well defensively during their tournament run, giving up 62 points per game and should be able to hold Houston’s offense in check.
Prediction: Memphis Tigers
Full-Game Total Pick
The Tigers have played over the total in four of their last five games against teams with winning records and in 15 of their last 21 games following an ATS win. The Cougars have played over the total in four of their last five games against teams with winning records and in 11 of their last 13 games after giving up less than 50 points in their previous game.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Cougars will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Tigers in the first half of their last three games. Both teams cancel each other out offensively with Houston averaging 38.7 points and Memphis averaging 38.3 points per game. However, the Cougars have the edge because they have played better on the defensive end, holding opponents to 28.7 points per game while the Tigers are giving up 34 points per game.
Prediction: Houston Cougars
Half-Time Total Bet
The Tigers and Cougars are averaging 77 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and they will go over of the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.