NC State Wolfpack vs. Memphis Tigers
A matchup between two teams that are hanging out next to each other on the Kenpom ratings with the Wolfpack at 41 followed directly by the Tigers at 42.
Memphis has won three straight since losing prized big man James Wiseman, they have done it by working the ball inside. Precious Achiuwa and DJ Jefferies carried the load against Ole Miss putting in 25 each. Achiuwa and Jefferies will have a premier matchup as the Wolfpack have had their issues guarding the interior, allowing lesser competition to dominate them.
NC State is lead by a great player in guard Markell Johnson. Johnson is going to have to deal with some serious pressure from the Memphis defense which will force turnover which will lead to easy points that the Wolfpack won’t be able to make up for.
Pick: Memphis Tigers ML
Davidson Wildcats vs Marquette Golden Eagles
Marquettes lone loss on the season came at the hands of Wisconsin who was able to control the pace of the game. Davidson this season has not been able to hold down the pace of anyone, ranking near the bottom of division one in defensive efficiency. Davidson just gave up 81 and 92 on back to back games against Wake Forest and Nevada, two teams that don’t bring the potential firepower that Marquette will.
This game will come down to the easy factor of controlling the glass. Marquette has a clear advantage lead be Theo John on the inside. This one could be close but the Golden Eagles have clear advantages.
Pick: Marquette -3