Gonzaga & Memphis College Basketball Picks

Jeff Grant

Friday, February 7, 2014 3:07 PM GMT

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 3:07 PM GMT

The Gonzaga Bulldogs and Memphis Tigers are definitely not strangers in non-conference play, as the two programs prepare to face off Saturday night. Find out why we believe this game begs basketball bettors to look at the total.

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this high-profile affair at the FedExForum, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

West Coast powerhouse  

Gonzaga has become one of the West Coast powers in college basketball over the last two decades, as the program is well on its way to capturing or sharing the WCC regular-season title for the 15th time in its last 17 opportunities. 

The Bulldogs are 21-3 SU and 11-10-1 ATS through 24 games of the 2013-14 campaign, as it comes off a 71-66 victory over the Portland Pilots as 15.5-point home favorites Wednesday. 

College basketball handicappers will find that the squad is 6-0 ATS in its last six games versus foes with a .600 or better winning percentage. 

Trending upward 

The Memphis Tigers have won and covered the number in four of its last five games, as it comes off a 101-69 blowout victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights as 14.5-point home favorites Tuesday. 

The Tigers are 10-2 SU at home this season and are led by senior guard Joe Jackson, who is averaging 14.6 points a contest. 

It’s important to point out that the program is 3-7-1 ATS in its last 11 home games versus a team with a road winning percentage of .600 or better. 

Accurate shooting 

The Bulldogs have built a reputation of being one of the best offensive teams in the country, as they enter the weekend ranked third nationally in shooting 50.4 percent from the field. 

Gonzaga has plenty of weapons on the bench and in the starting lineup, with junior guard Kevin Pangos being the biggest one in scoring 15.4 points a game. 

Familiar series

These two teams met on a yearly basis from 2007-11, with Memphis picking up a 62-58 upset victory over Gonzaga as 9.5-point road underdogs in the last game played in the series on Feb. 5, 2011. 

Both teams shot under 39 percent from the field in that affair—a number that will be hard to reach once again with both sides being solid on the defensive end.

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers take a look at the team receiving points as one of their college basketball picks, as the underdog has covered the number in the last five installments of this series.

NCAA Basketball Pick:  Underdog before the opening tip

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