Charlotte vs Temple Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/11/24

Temple (8-15) vs Charlotte (14-8)

Game Info: Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 2:00 pm (Liacouras Center)

Betting Odds: Temple +4.5 -- Over/Under: 132 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Charlotte 49ers will head up to Philadelphia to face the Temple Owls in AAC action this Sunday from the Liacouras Center on ESPN+. Temple leads the head-to-head series, 9-5, but Charlotte comes in as 4.5-point road favorites, with the total sitting at 132. Stay tuned for our Charlotte vs Temple Prediction. 

Charlotte 49ers Preview

Charlotte moved to 14-8 after losing to South Florida in Tampa by three, 72-69. The AAC’s two biggest surprises delivered in a back-and-forth affair, and the Niners will now attempt to respond here in Philly. Charlotte is scoring 69.2 points per game, on 45.5% shooting, while allowing 64.9 ppg, and they’re currently third in the AAC with a 8-2 record in league play. The Niners are 8-2 over their last ten games, and they’re 3-5 on the road this season. Charlotte will meet UTSA and Wichita State after this one.

Charlotte Team Profile

  • Aaron Fearne’s squad plays slow and leans on their defensive unit, averaging 65.1 possessions per game (357th), but they haven’t shot very well from deep, connecting on just 31.5% of their threes (282nd). 
  • Veteran guard Lu’cye Patterson led the way with 16 points in the win over East Carolina, and he leads Charlotte in scoring (14.3).
  • Junior forward Igor Milicic Jr. nearly posted a third straight double-double against USF, and he leads Charlotte in rebounding (8.4), while scoring 13.1 ppg. 
  • Sophomore center Dishon Jackson went for a team-high 16 points in the South Florida defeat, and he’s up to 11.2 ppg and 5.3 rpg. 
  • Durham native Nik Graves has reached double digits in seven of the previous nine games, and he’s averaging 10.2 ppg and a team-leading 3.0 apg. 

 

Temple Owls Preview

Temple fell to 8-15 after losing to Memphis at home, 84-77. The Owls managed to make the score look close in a lopsided game with the Tigers, and they’re in danger of taking a ninth straight loss here against the 49ers. Temple is scoring 70.9 points per game, on 38.0% shooting, while allowing 73.4 ppg, and they’re currently last in the AAC with a 1-9 record in league play. The Owls are 1-9 over their previous ten games, and they’re 4-6 in Philadelphia this season.

Temple Team Profile

  • Aaron McKie’s group operates at a balanced pace, averaging 71.7 possessions per game (157th), but they’ve shot poorly from the outside, connecting on just 29.8% of their threes (331st). 
  • Philly native Hysier Miller has struggled since a 24-point outing versus Rice, but he still leads Temple in scoring (15.7) and assists (4.2).
  • Georgetown transfer Jordan Riley hit the 20-point mark in both road spots against ECU and Tulane, and he’s second in the team at 12.7 ppg and 6.1 rpg.  
  • Junior guard Jahlil White grabbed a career-best 15 boards against the Green Wave, and he leads the Owls in rebounding (6.8), while scoring 12.3 ppg. 

Charlotte vs Temple Trends

  • CHA is 13-7-1 against the spread, with a 9-10-2 O/U record.
  • TEM is 8-13-1 ATS, with a 10-12 over/under record.

Charlotte vs Temple Prediction

Charlotte came up just short in Tampa last time out, but I believe they’ll have different results here in Philly. The 49ers have been a pleasant surprise in the AAC this season, and after losing to USF, they come into a bounce back spot against a struggling Temple team. The Owls are bound to sneak back into the win column at some point, but it’s unlikely that occurs against a strong Charlotte defense. The under always has a chance to clear when Charlotte plays, but I like moving the number, and trusting a swift response for the visitors this Sunday. 

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