Temple vs. Connecticut - 2/20/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Temple vs. Connecticut - 2/20/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Connecticut Huskies (14-11) at Temple Owls (13-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Liacouras Center)

The Line: Temple Owls +1.5 -- Over/Under: 135 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UConn Huskies (14-11, 5-7 CONF) and the Temple Owls (13-12, 5-7 CONF) will meet on Thursday, February 20th for an American conference matchup at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. The game will be played at 7:00 PM eastern time. 

UConn is coming off a 64-61 home win over Memphis in their last game. UConn has now won three of their last five games overall, all of which being conference games. Temple is coming off a non-conference loss to Villanova at home, 76-56, in a game in which they were leading at halftime by four points. That loss snapped a two-game win streak for Temple, as they have also won three of their last five games overall. 

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UConn scores 70.8 points per game on 41.1% FG shooting this season. The Huskies’ leading scorer is G Christian Vital who scores 14.5 PPG. UConn allows 65.6 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +5.2 scoring differential so far this season. UConn also earns 38.2 rebounds, 12.8 assists, 6.5 blocks, and 6.9 steals per game. 

Temple scores 68.8 points per game on 40.9% FG shooting this season. The Owls’ leading scorer is G Quinton Rose who averages 16.4 PPG. Temple gives up 67.5 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +1.3 point differential so far this season. Temple also earns 37.6 rebounds, 14.0 assists, 2.8 blocks, and 7.9 steals per game. 

UConn is 16-9 ATS this season and 7-3 ATS in their last ten games. UConn is also 4-3 ATS on the road so far this season. Temple is 11-14 ATS this season and 4-6 ATS in their last ten games. Temple is also 5-7 ATS at home so far this season. UConn won the first meeting between these two teams, 78-63 at home. 

In the first meeting, Temple actually shot at a better percentage than UConn, yet they still lost by 15 points. They also were only outrebounded by 2 in that game. This makes me believe that the 15 point loss was the best-case scenario for Temple in that game, therefore I will side with UConn and lay the 1.5 points on the road. 

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Ronald’s Pick UConn -1.5

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