Temple vs Cincinnati Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/10/23

Cincinnati Bearcats (20-11) vs Temple Owls (16-15)

Game Info: Friday, March 10, 2023 at 3:00 pm (Dickies Arena)

Betting Odds: Cincinnati Bearcats -4.5 -- Over/Under: 141.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Temple Owls will play the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Quarterfinals of the AAC Tournament on Friday afternoon at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.

Temple Preview

The Temple Owls are 16-15 (10-8) this season after they lost to Tulane by a score of 83-82 in their last game. Temple shot 43.8% from the field and was +6 in rebounding margin in the game. The Temple Owls are averaging 70.1 points per game, 69.8 points against per game, 35 rebounds per game, and 13.9 assists per game. Damian Dunn has led the Owls this season with 15.4 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game, and 3.1 assists per game. Temple is shooting 42.8% from the field, 75.9% on free throws, and 33.2% on three pointers this year.

Cincinnati Preview

The Cincinnati Bearcats are 20-11 (11-7) this season after they defeated SMU by a score of 97-74 in their last game. Cincinnati shot 55.6% from the field and made 11 three pointers in the win. The Cincinnati Bearcats are averaging 77.9 points per game, 69.7 points against per game, 36.9 rebounds per game, and 15.9 assists per game. Landers Nolley II has led the Bearcats this season with 16.5 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game, and 2.7 assists per game. Cincinnati is shooting 45.5% from the field, 70.2% on free throws, and 36% on three pointers this year. 

Trends

Temple is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win. The over is 8-2 in Temple’s last 10 games. Cincinnati is 18-7 ATS in their last 25 games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS win. The over is 6-1-1 in Cincinnati’s last 8 games. The underdog is 15-5-1 ATS in these two teams last 21 head to head meetings. 

Pick

These two teams finished fourth and fifth in the AAC regular season standings, with Cincinnati being a game ahead of Temple. Cincinnati has won three of their last four games, including an 88-83 overtime win against Temple on February 22. Temple has alternated losses and wins over their last five games and they have allowed at least 79 points in three of their last five. I think we are going to see another tight game between these two teams, so I am going to take Temple with the points. 

David’s Pick Temple +4.5

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