College Basketball Predictions: Memphis Tigers vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Memphis Tigers vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Tuesday, 11/19/13, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Oklahoma State -6
Current Betting Line:  Oklahoma State -6.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys have dominated opponents in the early going during the 2013-14 season

The Oklahoma State Cowboys have dominated opponents in the early going during the 2013-14 season

Memphis is 36-8 in November in the last nine seasons, but will be playing just its fourth true road game in the month since the 1973-74 campaign.  The average margin of victory in the five meetings in this series is 20.8 points per game, with only once contest being decided by single digits.  The program returned three starters, but only five letterwinners from last year’s squad, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Memphis is 3-7 SU and 3-6-1 ATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 7-3 in that situation.

The Tigers have six players averaging in double figures, with senior guard Joe Jackson leading the way.  Memphis has an all-time 37-16 SU record against members of the Big 12 Conference, which is important to consider when making your college basketball predictions Tuesday night.  Under head coach Josh Pastner, the team has compiled an 11-7 record in regular-season tournament/classics.

Oklahoma State concludes its four-game homestand to open the 2013-14 season, as it comes into this affair averaging 102.3 points per game with six players averaging double figures.  The Cowboys are leading the Big 12 in six statistical categories, including outscoring opponents by an average of 47.3 points per game.  There’s no doubt that the team possesses one of the best backcourts in the country, with Markel Brown and Marcus Smart combining to average 29.0 points and 7.0 assists per game.  Oklahoma State is 18-14 ATS as a favorite the last two-plus seasons.

The Cowboys are 8-5 SU in their previous 13 games inside Gallagher-Iba Arena when taking on a ranked non-conference opponent.  Oklahoma State has made at least 10 three pointers in each of the first three games this season, with the last occurrence of that nature coming during the 2009-10 campaign.  Smart is certainly the key player to watch in this matchup, as he was considered a Player of the Year candidate in every preseason publication.

Sports bettors will likely back the Cowboys due to the Tigers being 0-7 ATS versus teams that average 77-plus points per game.

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