Memphis is now a top-10 program for the second time in three years as Penny Hardaway’s club has won 10 consecutive games. The Tigers are coming off a 112-86 road win over Wichita State. Will Memphis keep rolling in the American Conference when the Bulls come to town?
USF has won seven of eight games following a 2-4 start to the season. The Bulls are trying to build momentum in the AAC coming off an 81-73 victory over Rice. They are double-digit underdogs on Thursday at FedEx Forum.
Here’s the betting preview for the conference clash.
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South Florida vs. Memphis odds, spread and total
South Florida vs. Memphis betting trends
- USF is 8-5-1 ATS this season
- Memphis is 7-10 ATS this season
- USF is 2-2-1 ATS as an underdog this season
- Memphis is 3-8 ATS as a favorite this season
- The OVER is 4-10 in USF games this season
- The OVER is 11-5-1 in Memphis games this season
South Florida vs. Memphis how to watch
- Date: Thursday, Jan. 18
- Game time: 7 p.m. EST
- Venue: FedEx Forum
- How to watch (TV): ESPN
- South Florida record: 9-5 (2-1 AAC)
- Memphis record: 15-2 (4-0 AAC)
South Florida vs. Memphis key players to watch
Kasean Pryor: The 6-foot-10 junior forward averages 10.5 points per game but scored just 15 points combined in his last two games before tallying a season-high 29 points on 50% shooting against Rice. Pryor was an overall stat-stuffer against the Owls, logging 5 blocks, 4 rebounds, and 5 steals.
Jaykwan Walton: The senior guard averages 9.8 points per game but is coming off a season-high 23 points against Wichita State to give Memphis its highest-scoring night since 2001 and its second-straight 100-point outing. Walton has now scored in double figures in four straight games, hitting 15 three-pointers in that stretch.
South Florida vs. Memphis prediction and pick
Will USF’s struggling offense contribute enough to this total? The Bulls shoot just 33.1% from the perimeter and rank No. 217 in shooting from 2-point range.
The Memphis defense is vulnerable against the glass, but USF ranks only No. 224 in KenPom in offensive rebounding. USF has played the 324th-hardest schedule of opposing defenses and Memphis is a step up in class at No. 55 in overall efficiency.
Memphis, with its up-tempo attack, should be able to score and get margin, but the Tigers have not been profitable as a favorite this season, going just 3-8 ATS. Memphis has scored 100-plus in two straight games, going under the inflated total in this matchup.
Game odds update periodically and are subject to change