Date/Time January 9, 7:00 p.m. EST
Since the college football season is over it is time to turn our complete focus to college basketball and the stage is set on Thursday night for the biggest game of the season. The Memphis Tigers will take on the Louisville Cardinals in a battle of two ranked teams vying to climb the rankings.
In college basketball it is a constant grind every night for teams to stay in the top 25, but it is extremely tough when the schedule is as daunting as it has been for Louisville and Memphis.
The Tigers may have been looking ahead to this game as they lost in the last outing against the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Bearcats may have provided a blue print on how to beat the Tigers. Bearcats coach Mick Cronin said the key was controlling Memphis point guard and leading scorer Joe Jackson, who had 13 points, but only two after halftime.
The defense contributed to Cincinnati outscoring the Tigers 42-27 in the second half and holding Memphis to 9 of 37 from the field (24.3 percent). The Cardinals could try and play a similar defensive posture to take down Memphis.
The college basketball betting trends reveal just how good both of these teams have been on the basketball court. The Tigers are 9-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last 13 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a double-digit loss at home and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a loss against the spread. The Cardinals are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games when going up against a team with a road winning percentage of greater than .600, 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games when going up against a team with a winning straight up record and 14-5 ATS in their last 19 home games.
However the series between these two fierce teams has belonged to the Tigers. The Tigers are 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall and 5-0-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Louisville. The underdog is 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings Underdog is 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the road team is 5-0-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Memphis Tigers know that if they can get this win it will erase the bad loss to the Bearcats. The Tigers will be focused and will come into this game and get a big win against a ranked opponent that will keep them among the best in the nation.
Free Pick: Memphis Tigers
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