Uconn +6.5 vs. Memphis for NCAA Basketball Picks

Jeff Grant

Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:29 PM GMT

The Memphis Tigers have enjoyed great success against opponents that make their first -ever trip to the FedExForum, as they prepare to host the Connecticut Huskies Thursday night. Find out why we are backing the dog with our NCAA Basketball picks here.

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this American Athletic Conference matchup, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. 

Avoided disaster 

Connecticut was able to avoid a 0-3 start in conference play, as it picked up a 84-61 victory over the UCF Knights as 11-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for the third time in four contests. 

The Huskies are 56-40 SU against ranked opponents over the last 10-plus seasons, but have dropped nine of their last 12 road games versus top-25 foes. 

College basketball handicappers will find that the program is 3-13 SU and 7-7 ATS as an underdog since the start of the 2011-12 campaign. 

Returning home 

Memphis is coming off a tremendous road trip, as it picked up victories over Louisville and Temple, with each affair going UNDER the betting total. 

The Tigers are a dominating 22-1 SU when hosting newcomers to this venue under head coach Josh Pastner, but he seemed a little worried that tonight’s crowd would be a late arrival due to the early start time. 

Over the last two-plus seasons, the team is 56-7 SU and 35-28 ATS as favorites. 

Pounding the glass 

The Huskies must continue their upward trend in rebounding if they plan to win outright or stay within this number, as they grabbed a season-high 50 rebounds last time out. 

Connecticut ranks last in the conference in grabbing just 35.9 boards per game, which could prove troublesome against an athletic opponent. 

Jackson 

Memphis has six players averaging 8.5 points or more per game, with senior guard Joe Jackson leading the charge in scoring 14.7 points a contest. 

Sophomore forward Shaq Goodwin is another player to keep an eye on, as he’s coming off season highs of 23 points and 11 rebounds versus the Owls.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Huskies with their college basketball picks, as the Tigers are just 18-19 ATS in their last 37 home games versus lined opposition. 

College Basketball Pick:  Connecticut Huskies +6.5