CBB Picks: Look for Memphis To Bounce Back From Losing Run

The Memphis Tigers have not won a basketball game since November 24.

It feels like it's been that long since I've won a college basketball bet.

So what better time to reverse both losing runs than tonight?

Memphis is back home against Murray State on a Friday slate that acts as a small appetizer for the 10-course meal of a schedule we get on Saturday.

The Tigers are my favorite play on the small card and there are two other picks that I'm running with as well to start the weekend.

Friday CBB Picks

Overall Record: 42-55

Murray State at Memphis (-10.5) (8 p.m. ET, ESPN+)

Memphis' three-game losing streak looks bad on paper.

The loss to undefeated Iowa State is fine, but back-to-back defeats to Georgia and Ole Miss put an eye sore on the team's resume.

Memphis needs to get back on track on Friday night because it has Alabama and Tennessee ahead in the next week.

Murray State comes into FedEx Forum with a 7-1 mark, but its best victory is over James Madison, who is 168th in the KenPom rankings.

Memphis' five-star talent could provide Murray State with more of a reality check before it embarks on a trip to Auburn in 12 days.

There is not much of an analytical breakdown here. It's more of an emotional get-right pick in favor of the Tigers in a spot where they need it badly.

Appalachian State at Furman (Over 138.5) (7 p.m. ET, ESPN+)

Furman is one of the best over teams in Division 1.

The Paladins are 7-0-1 to the over. Louisiana Tech and Saint Francis (PA) are the only other D1 programs with better marks to the over.

Furman averages 85.1 points per game and it gives up 77.1 points per game. It ranks in the top 50 on KenPom in offensive effective field goal and three-point percentage. It also sits in the bottom 100 in a handful of defensive metrics.

Appalachian State averages 70.3 points per game and its matchup against Furman's defense could have it fly over that average in a contest that could easily see both sides record team totals in the 70s.

DePaul at Louisville (-7.5) (8 p.m. ET, ACC Network)

Everyone at Louisville needs this game to happen tonight.

The Cardinals experienced a tumultuous week off the court, as their university president and athletic director departed. Louisville has not played since Saturday so those moves have been the talk of the town.

Louisville can beat DePaul with its defensive strengths. It ranks 22nd in two-point defense on KenPom and it is 19th in defensive adjusted efficiency.

Chris Mack's team gives up four fewer points per game than DePaul and it has not allowed an opponent to score more than 70 points this season.

I'm also a big Louisville supporter tonight because I picked the Cardinals and Wake Forest in my survivor pool this week. I haven't lost yet and I don't want to tonight.

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