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Memphis Tigers vs. Connecticut Huskies (-5.5, 139.5)

Two teams that endured many ups and downs in the regular season will
meet for the American Athletic Conference tournament title Sunday when
fifth seeded Connecticut takes on No. 6 seed Memphis in Orlando, Fla.
UConn lost four of seven before winning its last three and the Tigers
have won four of five after a stretch in which they slumped to 3-8.

The Huskies, who beat Memphis twice during the regular season, followed
up their heart-stopping four-overtime triumph against Cincinnati on
Friday with a solid effort in a 77-62 win over top seed Temple on
Saturday. “(The players) were focused and determined to get to this
championship game,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie, whose team has lost in the
final two straight years, told reporters. “. … These young men came out
and played with resilience. They were tough. They played with heart.”
Memphis has raised its level of play on offense a few notches, averaging
82 points in the last three games after routing both Tulsa and Tulane
in the tournament. The Huskies might have sealed at least an at-large
invitation to the NCAA Tournament already, but the Tigers definitely
need a victory to gain a bid.

TV: 3:15 p.m. ET, ESPN


Memphis – 19-14 SU, 13-17 ATS, 15-15 O/U
Connecticut – 23-10 SU, 15-13-1 ATS, 13-15-1 O/U

COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Memphis Tigers (-0.523) – Connecticut Huskies (-4.89) = Connecticut -4.367

ABOUT MEMPHIS (19-14): The Tigers have gotten contributions from many different players on the
offensive end in the first two games of the tournament and forced Tulane
into 18 turnovers in the semifinals. Freshman Dedric Lawson is
averaging 19.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and three assists in the tournament
while senior Shaq Goodwin scored 16 on Saturday while making 8-of-14
from the field. Guard Avery Woodson, who is scoring 9.6 per game and has
made 77 from 3-point range this season, is doubtful after suffering a
shoulder injury Friday.

ABOUT CONNECTICUT (23-10): Daniel Hamilton is playing some of his best basketball at the right time
in the tournament while averaging 25.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, five
assists and turning the ball over just three times in two games.
Freshman Jalen Adams, who drained a 62-foot shot to send Friday’s game
to a fourth overtime, has poured in 33 points in the tournament and
forward Shonn Miller scored 19 on Saturday. The Huskies need a big game
from 7-0 center Amida Brimah, who boasts 16 rebounds and eight blocked
shots in the tournament.



* Tigers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win.

* Over is 4-1 in Tigers last 5 neutral site games.

* Over is 4-0-1 in Huskies last 5 neutral site games.

* Over is 5-1 in Huskies last 6 vs. American Athletic Conference.



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