South Florida Bulls vs Memphis Tigers Prediction, 12/29/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: USF Bulls vs Memphis Tigers
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
Odds/Point Spread: South Florida (+6.5)
The USF Bulls (5-3) are headed to FedExForum on Tuesday where they'll take on the Memphis Tigers (5-4). Memphis opens this game as 6.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 137.
South Florida will take the court with a record of 5-3 so far this year. The Bulls are shooting 35.5% on shots from beyond the arc (50 of 141) and 61.2% from the free throw line. They are averaging 72.3 pts per game (196th in the country) while hitting 43.8% from the floor. They are giving up possession 14.4 times per game and as a group are committing 19.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, South Florida is grabbing 40.8 boards per contest and is sitting with 100 dimes on the season, which is 152nd in the nation in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Bulls have forced 13.1 turnovers every game while drawing 19.1 fouls. The Bulls are giving up a field goal percentage of 43.2% (199 of 461) and they surrender 32.3 rebounds per contest as a unit. They are ranked 260th in the country in allowing assists to the opposition with 110 surrendered this year. They are surrendering 28.3% from 3-point land and they are ranked 208th in college hoops in points per game allowed (71.5).
The USF Bulls faced the Wichita State Shockers and went home with a loss by a final score of 82-77 in their last contest. South Florida ended with a 33.3% FG percentage (21 out of 63) and made 8 of 24 three-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Bulls buried 27 of their 41 attempts for a percentage of 65.9%. Pertaining to grabbing boards, they earned 46 with 14 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 14 assists in this game as well as earning 5 steals and 4 rejections. With regard to defending, South Florida allowed the other team to shoot 33.3% from the floor on 21 out of 63 shooting. Wichita State recorded 15 assists and had 6 steals for this contest. Additionally, the Shockers grabbed 34 rebounds (9 offensive, 25 defensive) and earned 4 blocks. Wichita State finished the game shooting 66.7% at the charity stripe by knocking down 22 of their 33 attempts. They also converted 6 of 22 attempts from beyond the arc.
David Collins is one player who was a major contributor for this contest. He accumulated 17 points on 3 out of 8 shooting. He played for 33 mins played and pulled down 3 boards. Collins ended up going 37.5% from the field and also earned 5 assists. One more player that came through in this contest for the Bulls was Caleb Murphy. He totaled 3 rebounds and also accumulated 6 dimes. He finished the game shooting 40.0% from the floor in this game by shooting 6-of-15 (14 points). At the conclusion of this game, Murphy saw the court for 28 minutes.
Memphis has a win-loss record of 5-4 for the season. Memphis has scored 663 pts on the year (73.7 per game) and they pull down 42.9 rebounds per game. The Tigers have committed 21.0 fouls every game and they shoot 62.3% from the charity stripe. As an offensive team, the Tigers are shooting 41.0% from the floor, which ranks 294th in the nation. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 15.8 times per contest (76th in the country) and they turn it over 15.0 times per contest. The Tigers on the defensive end are ranked 84th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 64.9. The Memphis defense allows 29.3% on three-point shots (60 of 205) and their opposition makes 67.0% of their foul shots. They concede 11.6 assists and 35.6 rebounds per game, which is ranked 99th and 183rd in the nation. They are able to force 16.8 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 38.8% from the field (49th in D-1).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Memphis Tigers went home defeated by a final of 56-49 when they faced the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. The Tigers collected 33 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards for a total of 45 in the matchup. They also blocked 5 shots while recording 7 steals for this game. The Golden Hurricane had 18 personal fouls for the game which took the Tigers to the free throw line for 21 attempts. They were able to knock down 10 of the free throws for a clip of 47.6%. Regarding shots from distance, Memphis knocked down 5 of 19 attempts (26.3%). When this game wrapped up, the Tigers finished shooting 17 out of 53 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 32.1%. The Tigers allowed the Golden Hurricane to convert 17 of 49 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 34.7% for this contest. They wrapped up this game 22.7% from distance by going 5 of 22 and walked away from this one shooting 17 of 28 at the charity stripe (60.7%). Regarding cleaning the glass, Memphis permitted Tulsa to collect 31 in total (4 offensive).
Deandre Williams ended up being important for the Tigers for the game. He knocked down 4 out of 8 in this matchup giving him a rate of 50.0%, which gave him 13 points. Williams snagged 9 boards in his 38 mins played and earned 3 assists for this contest. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Memphis was Lester Quinones. He finished with 8 points in his 22 minutes played by going 3 out of 8 from the floor in the game. Quinones walked away from this one going 37.5% from the field in addition to contributing 2 assists and 7 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take South Florida (+6.5)
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