Beleaguered Southern Miss Program Prompts a Bet on Memphis -19 With Your NCAA Basketball Picks

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, November 14, 2015 7:22 PM GMT

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 7:22 PM GMT

We’re going to preview Saturday’s contest between Southern Mississippi and Memphis. Go inside to read out informative betting article that concludes with an NCAA Basketball pick.

Season Opener for Golden Eagles and Tigers
Memphis will host Southern Mississippi on Saturday in what will be the season opener for both teams. The opening tip at the FedEx Forum in Memphis is slated for 8:00 PM ET. These teams last met in 2013 when Memphis was still a Conference USA member. The Tigers came away with a 91-79 win in that game which took place during the CUSA Tournament. According to current NCAA Basketball odds at 5Dimes, Memphis is a 19-point favorite in this contest.

 

Southern Miss Men’s Basketball Program a Mess
For the second consecutive season Sothern Mississippi has imposed a self inflicted postseason ban on their men’s basketball program. Former Nebraska head coach Doc Sadler has the unenviable task of trying to hold things together during this tumultuous period. The Golden Eagles return two starters from a team that went 9-20 a season ago, and that includes a miserable 1-13 on the road.

 

Pastner on the Hot Seat
Josh Pastner needs 11 wins to pass Dana Kirk for fourth on the school’s all time win list. However, Pastner find himself on the proverbial hot seat after Memphis failed to qualify for the postseason for the first time in 15 years a season ago. The Tigers had seven players transfer from last year’s squad but have plenty of reason for optimism. Memphis could be a potential surprise team this season if new arrivals such as Alabama transfer Ricky Tarrant (point guard) can make an immediate impact. Speaking of an immediate impact, highly touted freshmen brothers Dedric and K.J. Lawson will make their presence felt this season. Returning senior forward Shaq Goodwin will provide some much need experience and stability as well.

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Final Thoughts and Pick
Memphis should be able to get their season started with a decisive win against an opponent which has been overwhelmed by injuries, transfers and an NCAA investigation. I’ll take the large home favorite for one of my NCAA Basketball picks on Saturday.

NCAA Basketball Picks: Play on Memphis -19 (-105) at 5Dimes

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