Temple at Southern Methodist - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

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Temple Owls (14-17) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (19-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Dickies Arena)

The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs -3.5 -- Over/Under: 132

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The Temple Owls square off against the SMU Mustangs in the American Athletic Conference Tournament.  The Owls are (14-17), coming off a 64-63 loss to Cincinnati. The Mustangs are (19-11), after falling to South Florida, 61-60.

In the Owls loss to Cincinnati, Temple was guided throughout the game by Quinton Rose.  Rose recorded 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. Temple connected on 37 percent from the floor and 47 percent from 3-point range.  The Owls allowed Cincinnati to shoot 38 percent from the floor. The difference came from the foul line, as Cincinnati out scored Temple from the foul line, 15 to 10.  Temple blew a halftime lead, as the Owls led 31-17. 

Rose has paced the Owls this year, recording 16.4 points, 5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game.  Nate Pierre-Louis is averaging 10.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per contest. Temple is registering 68.3 points, while converting on 32.2 percent from the floor.    

In the Mustangs loss to South Florida, SMU was led offensively by Ethan Chargois.  Chargois registered 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists. SMU converted on 39 percent from the floor and 26 percent from deep.  SMU played great perimeter defense, holding South Florida to 15 percent on 20 attempts. The Mustangs gave the game away, by turning the ball over 18 times.  The 18 turnovers led to South Florida attempting 11 more shots from the floor. SMU led 27-24 at the half.  

Tyson Jolly is averaging 14.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game for the Mustangs.  Kendric Davis is registering 14.2 points and 6.7 assists on the year. SMU is totaling 72.9 points and connecting on 45.1 percent from the floor on the season. 

Recent Betting Trends:

Temple is 0-5 SU in their last 5 games.

Temple is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday Thursday games.

The under is 4-1 in Temple’s last 5 games.

SMU is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games.

SMU is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games.

The under is 4-1 in SMU’s last 5 games.

Neither team is entering this tournament playing the way they had hoped.  The two teams did split with each other in the regular season. The Owls have lost 3 of their last 5 games by 4 points or less.  The Mustangs have lost 3 of their last 5 games by 4 points or less as well. SMU has not played at a neutral site this season, whereas Temple is 2-2 in such games and 3-1 against the spread.  These two teams have played close games recently, therefore I’ll side with Temple to cover. Temple has a solid chance to win this game, but I’ll be safe and take the points. Final score prediction, SMU will win, but Temple will cover against the spread, 68-66.    

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Chris’s Pick Temple Owls +3.5

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