Colorado State at Memphis: 3/27/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Colorado State at Memphis: 3/27/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis Tigers (18-8) vs Colorado State Rams (20-6)

Game Info: Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Comerica Center)

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The Memphis Tigers and Colorado State Rams will square off this Saturday afternoon at the Comerica Center in the Semifinals of the NIT.

The 1-seed Memphis Tigers (18-8) advanced to the Semifinals after defeating the 2-seed Boise State Broncs, 59-56, on Thursday night. Memphis allowed Boise State to fight back later after holding a 54-45 lead with 5:20 left in regulation, however, the Tigers were able to still escape with a victory after a Lester Quinones layup gave the Tigers the lead for good with just :33 seconds left in regulation. Memphis shot 42.9% from the field and 25.0% form beyond the arc while Boise State shot 37.7% from the field and 29.2% from beyond the arc. Memphis outrebounded Boise State by a 39-35 margin and won the turnover battle by a 15-14 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was D.J. Jeffries who had 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, & 2 blocks.

On the season, Memphis is averaging 71.5 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 35.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Memphis has been led by Landers Nolley II (12.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.2 spg, DeAndre Williams (11.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.2 spg), Boogie Ellis (9.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.1 spg), & D.J. Jeffries (9.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg).

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Defensively, Memphis is holding their opponents to an average of 62.5 ppg on 39.0% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 7.1 and a turnover margin of 0.2.

The 1-seed Colorado State Rams (20-6) was able to advance to the Semifinals after defeating the 3-seed NC State Wolfpack, 65-61, on Thursday night. Colorado State did a great job of forcing turnovers and was able to hold off the Wolfpack for the victory after taking a 55-47 lead with 5:08 left in regulation. Colorado State shot 44.1% from the field and 13.0% from beyond the arc while NC State shot 43.9% from the field and 22.7% from beyond the arc. Colorado State outrebounded NC State by a 36-31 margin, however, won the turnover battle by a 17-10 margin. Leading the way for the Rams was David Roddy who had a double-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, & 1 steal.

On the season, Colorado State is averaging 74.3 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Rams are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Colorado State has been led by David Roddy (16.1 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.6 apg), Isaiah Stevens (15.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.1 spg), Kendle Moore (10.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.4 spg), & Adam Thistlewood (9.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg).

Defensively, Colorado State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.6 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Rams have a rebound margin of 1.8 and a turnover margin of 0.4.

The Tigers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games.

Both Memphis and Colorado State really know how to keep opponents off the scoreboard as the Tigers rank 17th in scoring defense while the Rams rank 50th in scoring defense and I think we are going to see a low-scoring battle, like what we saw in the Memphis/Boise State game. Colorado State is going to have it’s hands full on the offensive end, however, they do have a solid duo in David Roddy & Isaiah Stevens and between the fact that I think this one comes down to the final possession and that the Tigers are one of the worst FT shooting teams in College Basketball (ranked 335th in CBB at 60.9%), I’m taking Colorado State and the points. Good Luck!

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