NCAA Betting Pick - Monmouth Hawks vs Memphis Tigers

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Joe Catalano

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 7:56 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 7:56 PM UTC

The Memphis Tigers and the Monmouth Hawks have both had successful seasons thus far and have been lighting up the scoreboard. With a betting total of 151 on the board, we could be witnessing a high scoring affair as defense takes a back seat.

Monmouth Hawks (8-2) vs Memphis Tigers (7-2) 

Offensive is not an issue as the Tigers are averaging 82.1 points per game with 2-100 point efforts to their credit while Monmouth has managed 80 points or more in 6 out of their last 7 games during their 7 game winning streak. Monmouth comes into this game with a ton of momentum and find themselves a slight 3 1/2 point betting underdog. "Are the Hawks good value in this spot" is the question?

"Cupcake City?"

This is the one problem that I have with Monmouth's winning streak. They're coming off of back to back wins over Army and Wagner. While North Carolina is coming up on their schedule shortly, we do have to question the validity of Monmouth's talent as their schedule has been a "cakewalk" recently. Memphis has also lacked a difficult schedule, but they come from a higher level conference than Monmouth and this does come into play in a game such as this.

Dedric Lawson

Another edge for the Tigers is that they possess a legitimate star in forward Dedric Lawson. Lawson nearly missed a triple double "the hard way" as he checked in with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 blocks in a 62-55 victory over UAB. Lawson also lit the Iowa Hawkeyes up for 35 points and 11 rebounds on November 26th in a 100-92 victory.

He's got the size and the talent to play at the next level. For the season, Lawson is averaging 20.7 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks. The Monmouth defense will have their hands full with Lawson as they can't stop him, they can only hope to contain him to a degree.

As for the Monmouth offense, the combination of Justin Robinson and Micah Seaborn lead the way as they combine for a collective 31.8 points, 7.8 assists, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.3 steals per game. Both players are offensive forces that can play both ends of the court. The one issue that I have with this tandem is forcing shots as both players are shooting below 40% from the field. With that said, they're going to continue to hoist up shots as the senior Robinson averaged nearly 20 point per game in his junior season last year. 

I go back to the total as I see enough firepower, whether it be efficient shooting or not. Look for a high scoring affair between two offensive-minded basketball squads.


Free NCAAB Pick: Over 151 Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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