(15) Cal State Northridge 17-13 vs. (2) Memphis 31-3
2009 NCAA Tournament Round 1 Action
Thursday March 19, 12:25 PM ET
Kansas City, MO Sprint Center – West Region
The Matadors are champions of the Big West conference. They are 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games. They have a balanced scoring attack with 7 players averaging over 8 point per contest. Their defense gives up 70.2 points a game.Cal St. Northridge doesn’t travel outside California all that much so a pro Memphis crowd in Kansas City could be tough to overcome.
The Tigers are 22-0 SU and 16-5 ATS in the last 22 games. That includes a 4-1 ATS in the last 5. Memphis holds opponents to 56.9 pts per game on the year and 47.2 pts per game in the last 5. They have an average margin of victory of 21.8 over the last 4 games. The under is 8-1 in the last 9.
I look for Memphis to put a full court press on Cal St. Northridge and use their superior athleticism and size to their advantage. Memphis is fairly deep themselves with 9 players averaging double figure minutes. I don’t think there will be too big of a dropoff when the starters are pulled at the end of the game.
Last Game Out:
Last game for Memphis: Win 64-39 vs. Tulsa
Last game for Cal State Northridge: Win 71-66 vs. Pacific
Line – Memphis -19.5
Line – Over/Under 130.5
No recent meetings
My first round FREE PICK for Cal St. Northridge vs. Memphis
Lean – UNDER 130.5
Pick – Memphis -19.5
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