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The Memphis Tigers Championship Odds shift with Bates, Duren signing

by Vaughn Dalzell
Updated On: August 26, 2021, 1:25 pm ET

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Memphis Tigers NCAAB Championship Odds

Memphis is reloading and making a run to be the National Title contenders of old. 

Penny Hardaway is rebuilding Memphis and has them on the brink of something special if they can piece it together. 

On his staff alone, Hardaway has a former NBA Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown, former Pistons' great Rasheed Wallace and Cody Toppert, who is known for his work in the G League.

That is a staff a high school recruit can buy into -- and they have.

The Tigers brought in Emoni Bates.

Bates is a 6-foot-8 five-star recruit from Michigan that selected Memphis over the G-League, Michigan State and Oregon. We can expect a one-and-done season for Bates, so he is clearly all-in on the staff and Memphis' championship aspirations.

That's not it, though. Memphis signed 6-foot-10 five-star recruit Jalen Duren too.

Duren and Bates were teammates in AAU ball, so the chemistry is already there. Both players reclassified for the 2021-22 season, making them eligible to play right away for Hardaway's squad. 

Hardaway also signed top 100 recruits Johnathan Lawson and Josh Minott, giving them four total in the top 100. Bates was the top recruit on some boards for the class of 2022, so his early arrival is welcomed with open arms by Memphis.

Bettors all over are now aware of Memphis in the market after the line movement and Bates/Duren signings.

On PointsBet alone, Memphis' odds for the Final Four and NCAA Championship have dwindled +700 for the champs and +300 for the Final Four in the last month, per NBC's Future Model.

After being as low as +4000 to win it all, Memphis now sits at +1800 -- an insane move. The Final Four opened at +1300 and is down to +500, so both losing over 50% in profit. 

Memphis' National Title Odds
Memphis Final Four

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While I will not jump to conclusions on a National Championship, I do think a Final Four bet is intriguing on Memphis.

Playing in the American Athletic Conference, we have to imagine Memphis will be the favorites with Houston's Quentin Grimes now in the NBA.

The Tigers were a win or two away from making the big dance last season, and I believe they could have made a run given a chance. As a result, Memphis won the NIT, winning by 11 or more in three of four games.

Memphis' defense, length and athleticism will be worth betting on throughout this upcoming season.

They return Nolley Landers (13.1 PPG, 4.1 RPG), Lestor Quintones (9.5 PPG, 5.1 RPG) and Deandre Williams (11.7 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.3 APG). 

The three of them are 6-foot-5 or taller, giving Memphis phenomenal all-around size with Bates and Duren. 

Their size will also make them one of the tallest teams heading into the 2021-22 season, which has led us to success like USC's last year. 

USC's size was a major issue for opponents behind the combination of Evan and Isaiah Mobley. Mix that with stellar guard play and the Trojans made the Final Four. 

Memphis could be similar, so yes, I am buying into the Tigers' hype.

I think a Final Four bet on Hardaway's squad could end up being my first future of the 2021-22 College Basketball season, or at least an AAC Championship, depending on how much juice we have to take on. I will wait for AAC odds, but keep an eye on the Tigers' odds.


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Vaughn Dalzell

Vaughn Dalzell is a former Division I SID, two-time IUP Alumnus and former contributor for numberFire, FantasyPros and Bet The Prop. You can follow him on Twitter for more insight @VmoneySports.