College Basketball Picks: Memphis Tigers vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Jeff GrantContributor IJanuary 4, 2013

College Basketball Picks: Memphis Tigers vs. Tennessee Volunteers

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    Cuonzo Martin has compiled a dominating 21-4 record at home since taking over in Knoxville last year, which is important to consider when making your against-the-spread (ATS) Friday night, as the Tennessee Volunteers (8-3) take on the Memphis Tigers (9-3) at Thompson-Boling Arena.

    Sports bettors will find that the Volunteers are two-point home favorites in the NCAA basketball betting odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total has settled in at 129.

    Martin has led the Volunteers to a perfect 6-0 home mark to start the 2012-13 season, as they've outscored opponents by an average of 13.2 points per game, while holding a plus-5.0 rebounding margin in that situation.

    Let's take a closer look at this in-state rivalry from a betting perspective, while offering a prediction along the way. 

Memphis Tigers

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    The Memphis Tigers will be playing their first true road game of the 2012-13 college basketball season, which could drop them to 0-3 ATS when playing as underdogs this year.

    Sports bettors will also find that the Tigers are 2-4 ATS as road underdogs of three points or less since the 2010-11 campaign.

Tennessee Volunteers

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    The Tennessee Volunteers are a defensive-minded squad, as they've held all 11 of their opponents to under 70 points per game.

    Sports bettors will find that the Volunteers are 10-4 ATS at-home favorites of three points or less in their last 14 opportunities.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Tennessee Volunteers as one of their college basketball picks Friday night, as the Memphis Tigers are 2-4 ATS versus teams that allow 64 points or less this season.

    College Basketball Pick: Tennessee Volunteers -2

     

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