Temple vs UAB Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/17/24

UAB (22-11) vs Temple (16-19)

Game Info: Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 3:15 pm (Dickies Arena)

Betting Odds: UAB -7.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Temple Owls and the UAB Blazers meet Sunday in the college basketball AAC Tournament Championship at the Dickies Arena. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Temple vs. UAB Prediction.

  • The Temple recent form and recent player performance 
  • The UAB recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Temple
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving UAB
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Temple vs UAB
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Temple vs UAB

Temple Owls Betting Preview

The Temple Owls recently beat SMU, Charlotte and FAU. The Temple Owls are averaging 71.3 points on 39.3 percent shooting and allowing 73.9 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Hysier Miller is averaging 15.5 points and 3.5 rebounds, while Jordan Riley is averaging 12 points and 5.8 rebounds. Jahlil White is the third double-digit scorer and Steve Settle III is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Temple Owls are shooting 31.2 percent from beyond the arc and 71.7 percent from the free throw line. The Temple Owls are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.5 rebounds per game.

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. 

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UAB Blazers Betting Preview

The UAB Blazers recently beat SMU, Wichita State and USF. The UAB Blazers are averaging 77.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 75.7 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Yaxel Lendeborg is averaging 13.7 points and 10.4 rebounds, while Eric Gaines is averaging 12 points and 3.8 rebounds. Alejandro Vasquez is the third double-digit scorer and Efrem Johnson is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The UAB Blazers are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The UAB Blazers are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.3 rebounds per game.

UAB Team Analysis 

  • Junior forward Yaxel Lendeborg led the way with a 19-point double in the win over Temple, and he leads UAB in scoring (13.8) and rebounding (10.3).
  • Veteran guard Eric Gaines dished out ten dimes against the Owls, and he leads the Blazers in assists (5.5), while scoring 11.6 ppg.  
  • Junior guard Alejandro Vazquez has hit the 18-point mark in three straight games, and he’s  third on the team at 10.8 ppg.
  • Huntsville native Efrem Johnson went for a game-high 20 points in the February 4th matchups with SMU, and he’s posting an identical 10.7 ppg. 
  • Senior forward Javian Davis has reached double figures in five of the last six games, and he’s averaging 10.0 ppg and 5.9 rpg. 

UAB Blazers Team Facts

  • UAB has won seven of its last eight Conference Tournament games.
  • Seven of UAB's last eight games against Conference opponents have produced a total of 140+ points.
  • UAB has won the first half in 11 of its last 12 Conference Tournament games.

Temple Owls Team Facts

  • Temple has won each of its last five games.
  • Four of Temple's last five games at a neutral venue have produced a total of 135 or fewer points.
  • Temple has lost the first half in 13 of its last 15 games against the American Athletic Conference.

Matchup/League Facts

  • UAB ranks T8th among Division 1 teams for free throws made per game this season (17.8).
  • UAB ranks T13th among Division 1 teams for free throw attempts per game this season (23.7).
  • Temple ranks 356th among Division 1 teams for field goal percentage this season (39.3%).
  • Temple ranks 19th among Division 1 teams for turnover percentage this season (12.4%).

Temple vs UAB Prediction  

Temple’s run to the title game is admirable, and although it could make things very complicated for the selection committee, this is a game UAB should be able to win. Unlike the Owls, the Blazers have been one of the stronger teams in the league over the final two months of action, and it should culminate here with a victory. Let’s back UAB to become AAC champions today.

Corey’s Pick UAB TO COVER

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