Temple vs. Tulsa - 3/4/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Tulsa Golden Hurricane (20-9) at Temple Owls (14-15)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Liacouras Center)
The Line: Temple Owls -2.5 -- Over/Under: 128.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane (20-9, 12-4 AMER) travels to Philadelphia, PA to face the Temple Owls (14-15, 6-10 AMER) in an American Conference match-up at the Liacouras Center. The last time these two teams played Tulsa pounded Temple 70-44 as a 2-point home underdog.
Tulsa is 7-3 straight up and 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 games. Tulsa is 4-3 both straight up and against the spread in conference road games this season. Tulsa has scored 63.7 points per game and given up 68.9 points per game in road games this season, and they have shot 40.9% from the field, a meager 24.6% from 3 and 69.6% from the free-throw line in those games.
Tulsa has won 5 of its last 6 games, and they won their last game against Central Florida 64-54 as 6-point home favorites. Tulsa is ranked 81st by KenPom, with the 165th ranked offense and 42nd ranked defense in the country. Tulsa is led by Senior forward Martins Igbanu, who averages 13.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, Junior guard Brandon Rachal, who averages 12.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, and Junior forward Jeriah Horne, who averages 11.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
Temple is 4-6 straight up and 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 games. Temple has split their 8 home games this season and is 4-4 against the spread in those games as well. Temple averages 74.9 points per game and gives up 70.1 points per game to opponents in games played at Liacouras Center this season, and they shoot 44.9% from the field, 33.7% from 3 and 68.6% from the free-throw line in those games.
Temple has lost its last 3 games, and in their last game, they were beaten by South Florida 58-64 as 4-point home favorites. Temple is ranked 113th by KenPom, with the 213th ranked offense and 51st ranked defense in the country. Temple is led by Senior guard Quentin Rose, who averages 16.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, and Junior guard Nate Pierre-Loius, who averages 11.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
Tulsa is 7-3 in their last 10 match-ups against Temple and they have gone 8-2 against the spread in those games. The under is 8-2 in the last 10 games between these programs. The under is 6-4 in Tulsa’s last 10 and the over is 6-3-1 in the last 10 for Temple.
Tulsa has been the better team all year, and though I’m tempted to take Temple at home on Senior night, I have to side with the better team in this one.