Houston at Temple: 1/2/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Houston at Temple: 1/2/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by F. Carter Smith

Temple Owls (7-5) vs Houston Cougars (11-2)

Game Info: Sunday, January 2, 2022 at 5:00 pm (Liacouras Center)

Betting Odds: Temple Owls +13.5 -- Over/Under: 130 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Temple Owls will play host to the Houston Cougars in this college basketball matchup scheduled for Sunday afternoon. 

The Houston Cougars have lost their top scorer Marcus Sasser to a toe injury. He will miss the remainder of the season.  

The Cougars are coming off of a blowout win over Texas State in their last time out. Josh Carlton scored a season-high 20 points, Kyler Edwards added 14 points. Marcus Sasser had 13 points and Jamal Shead finished with 12 points and 10 assists for Houston as they moved to 11 and 2 on the year. 

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The Houston Cougars are led in scoring by Marcus Sasser who averages 17.7 points and 2.8 rebounds for this team. Kyler Edwards averages 12.5 points and 5.7 rebounds a night. Fabian White is the third leading scorer for the Cougars as he averages 10.2 points a game for this team.

The Cougars are averaging 79.4 points per game on 48% shooting from the field. They are allowing opponents to score 56 points per game. They are shooting 64.4% from the free throw line. 

The Owls are coming off of a blowout win over Delaware State in their last time out. Zach Hicks had a season-high 35 points in the win. Damian Dunn had 18 points and seven rebounds for Temple while Jeremiah Williams added nine assists and four blocks. 

The Temple Owls are led in scoring by Khalif Battle who averages 21.4 points and 3.9 rebounds for this team. Damian Dunn averages 13.6 points and 5.2 rebounds a game for this team. Jeremiah Williams is the third leading scorer for the Owls as he averages 9.2 points a game for this team.

The Owls are averaging 67.6 points per game on 40.2% shooting from the field. They are allowing opponents to score 66 points per game. They are shooting 69.1% from the free throw line. 

The Owls are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games but this should be a spot for them to get the cover as this is too many points for a Houston team who is missing their offensive star. Although the Cougars are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall, I think they begin to see a small decline without Sasser. They will win this one but I think Temple can keep it close so I’ll take the points with the Owls.

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Clayton’s Pick Temple +13.5

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