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Memphis vs Ole Miss Odds and Picks (Dec. 4)

John Perrotto

by John Perrotto in College Basketball

Dec 4, 2021 · 12:29 AM PST

Jalen Duren
Memphis center Jalen Duren (2) works against Georgia guard Braelen Bridges (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Memphis is a one-point road favorite over Mississippi on Saturday
  • Ole Miss has a 4-0 record at home this season
  • A look at odds and matchup can be found below with a prediction

#18 Memphis will try to get back to its winning ways when it visits Mississippi at 12:00 p.m. ET Saturday at the Pavilion at Ole Miss in Oxford.

Memphis (5-2/0-1 road) has dropped back-to-back games following a 5-0 start. On Wednesday, it fell 82-79 at Georgia. Ole Miss (5-2/4-0 home) has won two in a row, including handling Rider 75-51 on Tuesday. The Tigers are a slight road favorite in a game that will be televised by ESPN2.

Memphis vs Mississippi Odds

Team Moneyline Spread Total
Memphis N/A -1 (-115) Over 136.5 (-120)
Mississippi N/A +1 (-105) Under 136.5 (+100)

Odds as of December 3rd at DraftKings.

Memphis Outlook

When forward Emoni Bates and center Jalen Duren decided to reclassify in August and sign with Memphis, it stamped the Tigers as legitimate national championship contenders.

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Bates was unanimously considered the top high school player in the class of 2022 and Duren was the consensus No. 3. He is leading the team in scoring with an average of 12.1 points a game.

However, Duren has made the bigger impact. He has given Memphis a strong inside presence by averaging 11.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.6 blocked shots.

Senior forward DeAndre Williams has been a steadying force with 10.0 points and 5.6 rebounds a game. He helped Memphis win the NIT last spring.

Junior guard Landers Nolley II scored a season-high 17 points in the loss to Georgia. He was the Most Outstanding Player in the NIT.

Senior guard Alex Lomax also had a season-high point with 14 and contributed three steals. It was his first game in double figures this season.

Junior guard Lester Quinones had a solid all-around game with 12 points, five rebounds and five assists. Quinones matched his assist total from the first six games of the season combined.

Williams had 11 points and eight rebounds before fouling out. Bates also had 11 points while Duren finished with 10 points, five rebounds, three blocks and three steals.

Memphis led 77-75 with 2:39 left but was outscored 7-2 the rest of the way.

Mississippi Outlook

Hometown kid Jarkel Joiner, an Oxford native, has emerged as Ole Miss’ leader in his second season since transferring from Cal State Bakersfield.

Joiner is averaging 15.4 points and 3.1 assists a game. He has also scored in double figures in all seven games this season, including finishing 18 points and making four three-point field goals in the win over Rider.

Two transfers are providing help.

Sophomore forward Jaemyn Brakefield is scoring 9.9 points a game and senior center Nysier Brooks has averages of 8.0 points and 7.9 rebounds. Brakefield transferred from Duke and Brooks most recently played at Miami.

Sophomore guard Matthew Murrell scored a season-high 14 points in 23 minutes off the bench Tuesday. Senior forward Robert Allen matched his season-high with 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds and junior guard Austin Crowley chipped with 10 points and five rebounds.

While Brooks was held to three points, he tied a career-high with 15 rebounds and helped Ole Miss hold a substantial 57-36 on the boards.

Ole Miss shot just 39.4% (26 of 66) but held Rider to 30.2% (19 of 63), including 2 of 13 (15.4%) from three-point range.

The Rebels led by four points, 31-27, with 16:53 to go. They then ran off seven straight points and Rider never threatened.

Memphis vs Mississippi Prediction

The teams last met during the 2019-20 season and Memphis won 87-86 at home to snap a three-game losing streak against Ole Miss. Lomax had a big game off the bench with 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Look for Ole Miss to return the favor in Oxford in what should be another close game, taking advantage of a Memphis team that appears out of sync.

The Pick: Mississippi +1 (-105)

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