UAB vs Temple Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/7/24

Temple (11-18) vs UAB (18-11)

Game Info: Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Liacouras Center)

Betting Odds: Temple +2.5 - Over/Under: 148.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UAB Blazers will head up to Philadelphia to face the Temple Owls in AAC play this Thursday from the Liacouras Center on ESPN2. UAB comes in as 2.5-point road favorites, with the total hovering 146.5. Stay tuned for our UAB vs Temple Prediction. 

UAB Preview: Blazers Skidding At the Wrong Time

UAB dropped to 18-11 after losing to Memphis on the road, 106-87. The Blazers were blitzed after the break by the Tigers, and they’ll attempt to respond swiftly here in Philly. UAB is currently 6th in the AAC with a 10-6 record in league play, they’re 6-4 over their last ten games, and they’ve gone 6-5 on the road this season.

UAB Team Analysis 

  • Junior forward Yaxel Lendeborg led the way with 26 points in the road win over Tulane, and he now leads North Texas in scoring (13.2) and rebounding (10.0).
  • Veteran guard Eric Gaines has struggled from the field over the last three games, but he’s still posting a solid line of 11.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, and a team-leading 5.2 apg. 
  • Sophomore guard Efrem Johnson went for a game-high 20 points against SMU, and he’s third on the team at 10.8 ppg.  
  • Senior forward Javian Davis posted a 14-point double-double in the Tulsa victory, and he’s averaging 10.2 ppg and 6.3 rpg. 

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Temple Preview: Owls Seeking Respect on Senior Night

Temple fell to 11-18 after losing to Tulsa at home by five, 72-67. The Owls had their rally shortened by the Golden Hurricane, and they’ll look to show more fight here on Senior Night. Temple is currently 13th in the AAC with a 4-12 record in league play, they’re 3-7 over their previous ten games, and they’re 5-8 in Philly this season.

Temple Team Analysis

  • Philly native Hysier Miller went for a team-high 20 points in the UTSA victory, and he leads Temple in scoring (15.7) and assists (4.0).
  • Georgetown transfer Jordan Riley posted a 15-point double-double in the win over Wichita State, and he’s second in the team at 12.4 ppg and 6.0 rpg.  
  • Junior guard Jahlil White leads the Owls in rebounding (6.0), while scoring 11.2 ppg. 

UAB vs Temple Team Facts

  • UAB is scoring 76.6 points per game, on 44.5% shooting, while allowing 75.0 ppg.
  • The Blazers are averaging 72.0 possessions per game (108tha), while shooting 31.3% from deep, and 75.1% from the line. 
  • Temple has scored 70.9 points per game, on 38.8% shooting, and they’ve allowed 73.2 ppg.
  • The Owls are averaging 71.2 possessions per game (151st), while shooting 30.5% from the outside, and 72% from the stripe. 

UAB vs Temple Game Trends

  • UAB is 15-12-1 ATS, with a 16-12 over/under record.
  • TEM is 12-15-1 against the spread, with a 13-15 O/U record.

UAB vs Temple Prediction  

UAB had Memphis where they wanted them last time out, and after blowing a sizable lead only to be blown out by a bigger one, we should see a sharper effort from them here against Temple. The Owls ripped off three straight wins to close February, but they’ve struggled over this season, and it’s an ideal spot for the Blazers to bounce back and respond. Temple’s recent play warrants the close margin, but I like backing a traditional win by two here for UAB on AAC play.

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