The NCAAB action on Sunday, January 29, will conclude with this American tilt in Tulsa, so make sure to read the best Tigers vs. Golden Hurricane betting pick and odds.
Memphis is looking for the fifth straight win when they visit Tulsa at Reynolds Center. The Tigers are 12-point favorites on Jazz Sportsbook, while the total is set at 153.5 points. These American rivals will meet for the first time this season.
Tigers didn’t have problems with SMU at home
The Memphis Tigers (16-5, 9-12-0 ATS) recorded their fourth consecutive win after defeating the SMU Mustangs 99-84 at home. The Tigers had an 18-point lead at halftime and then maintained a comfortable lead with excellent offense and solid defense. Memphis shot 54.0% from the field and limited the visitors to 36.6% from the floor, while the hosts were better in assists (25-14). The Tigers are now 3rd in the American Conference behind Temple and Houston.
Senior guard Kendric Davis led the Tigers with a double-double of 25 points and a game-high 11 assists along with seven rebounds. Keonte Kennedy added 16 points and two steals, DeAndre Williams had 13 points, six boards, five dishes, and game-high three thefts, Chandler Lawson contributed 12 points and game-high nine dimes off the bench, while Jayden Hardaway also scored 12 off the bench.
G Alex Lomax (groin) and C Malcolm Dandridge (ankle) are out indefinitely and will not play on Sunday in Tulsa.
Golden Hurricane returned to losing ways at East Carolina
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane (5-14, 3-15-1 ATS) managed to snap a seven-game losing skid with an overtime win against Tulane but returned to losing ways in the very next game against the East Carolina Pirates on the road. The Golden Hurricane played very well in the opening half and limited the Pirates to just 27 points, but East Carolina scored 49 in the second 20 minutes and deservedly celebrated a 76-66 victory. Tulsa lost this one below the rims; the Pirates controlled the rebounds (40-23) and had four blocks opposite the Golden Hurricane’s zero.
Sophomore forward Bryant Selebangue led Tulsa with a double-double of 18 points and game-high ten rebounds. It was Selebangue’s eighth double-double of the campaign. Tim Dalger followed him with 15 points, while Anthony Pritchard posted ten points, game-high seven assists, and four boards.
- 2-8 ATS in the last ten games overall
- 2-5 ATS in the last seven road games
- 1-7 ATS in the last eight games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game
- 10-2 ATS in the last 12 games played on a Sunday when playing at home
- 7-0 ATS in the last seven games when playing at home against Memphis
Memphis Tigers vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane Pick
Although the Golden Hurricane are struggling at the moment and lost eight out of the last nine games, while Memphis won each of the previous four, I am backing the hosts to put up a fight here. Tulsa won five of the last seven H2H duels at home, and the Tigers are 3-5 on the road this season, so the Golden Hurricane can cause some problems for Memphis on Sunday. The Tigers are averaging 79.8 points per game, while Tulsa scores 69.3 ppg.
Pick: Take the Golden Hurricane at +13.5 (-133)
The Tigers have a top-40 offense but their defense has been leaky as it allows 72.4 points per game. Tulsa’s is even worse as it surrenders 76.1 ppg, and given that the Golden Hurricane failed to keep the rivals to below 73 points in each of their last nine games, I am backing Memphis to score around 80 here. Over is 9-4 in the Tigers’ last 13 overall; Over is 7-2 in Memphis’ previous nine road games, Over is 8-0 in the Golden Hurricane’s last eight overall, while Over is 4-0 in Tulsa’s previous four home games.
Pick: Go Over 151.5 points (-133)