A five-game home winning streak is on the line for the South Florida Bulls (8-8, 1-2 AAC) when they meet the No. 21 Memphis Tigers (12-3, 1-1 AAC) at Yuengling Center. Action starts at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 12, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
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In the Tigers’ last game, they fell to the No. 23 Wichita State Shockers, 76-67. With 22 points on 8-for-11 shooting, Precious Achiuwa was the game’s leading scorer. Wichita State had a turnover percentage of 10.8 (better than their season average of 14.5). Memphis, meanwhile, had a free throw rate of 0.411 (above their season average of 0.263).
The Bulls are trying to rebound after their 62-59 loss to the East Carolina Pirates in their last game. Laquincy Rideau led South Florida in scoring with 16 points on 5-for-14 shooting. East Carolina had an effective field goal percentage of 0.530 (above their season average of 0.472). South Florida, meanwhile, held the Pirates to an offensive rebounding percentage of 16.1 (below their season average of 30.3).
The inefficient offense of South Florida (282nd in the nation with an offensive efficiency of 96.7) will battle against the elite defense of Memphis (sixth in the NCAA with a defensive efficiency of 84.1). The Tigers should have the advantage on that side of the ball. It will also be a tale of two tempos as the aggressively-paced Tigers rank 20th in possessions per game, while the more methodical Bulls rank 316th.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Bulls won the lone game last season, 84-78. One of South Florida’s largest strengths was getting to the charity stripe. They made 44 trips to the line, while Memphis went just 24 times.
Memphis Tigers at South Florida Bulls Betting Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – South Florida, ATS Winner – South Florida, O/U – Over
The Bulls rank 25th in steals per game (8.9) while the Tigers rank 167th in steals allowed per game (7.9).
Memphis ranks fifth in rebounds per game (42.7) while South Florida ranks 210th (34.1).
The Tigers rank 58th in assists per game (14.9) while the Bulls rank 241st (10.1).
Memphis ranks second in blocks per game (6.9) while South Florida ranks 166th (2.3).
The Bulls have been outscored by an average of 2.0 points in their last five games. On the season, South Florida has defeated opponents by an average of 2.1 points.
During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 77.4 points per game (1.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 63.6 points per game (0.4 above their season average).