South Florida vs. Memphis Prediction, Odds, Key Players for Thursday, Jan. 18 (Bet Under)

Memphis is rolling and is top-10 in the country. Will the Tigers keep rolling against USF? 

Jan 14, 2024; Wichita, Kansas, USA; Memphis Tigers guard Jaykwon Walton (10) brings the ball up the court.
Jan 14, 2024; Wichita, Kansas, USA; Memphis Tigers guard Jaykwon Walton (10) brings the ball up the court. / William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports

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

South Florida

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