Temple Owls vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/29/14
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (8-12) at Temple Owls (5-13)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Liacouras Center)
The Line: Temple Owls -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights visit the Liacouris Center to battle the Temple Owls in AAC action.
Rutgers has been trying to get their program back to the level where they can be competitive on a consistent basis which hasn't been happening in AAC action. The Scarlet Knights fell to 1-6 in the conference following an 82-71 loss to visiting Connecticut on Saturday. The Huskies turned back several rallies fom the home team with the only real difference being UConn's 48% shooting turning in to five more field goals versus the 40% accuracy of Rutgers. Kadeem Jack and Jerome Seagears netted 19 points with Jack hauling in eleven rebounds while Junior Etou and JJ Moore added 19 points.
Temple appeared to be poised for the upset of #16 Cincinnati as they erased a double digit hole to tie the Bearcats at 76-76 in the final seconds before falling by an 80-76 count. In the process the Owls dropped number eight in a row and are now staring at an 0-7 start in the AAC. Temple did not set the world on fire with 38% marksmanship but rallied on the strength of ten bombs and a 24-15 edge at the free throw line. The defense continued to have problems with Cincinnati connecting at nearly 55% from the floor. Dalton Pepper exploded for 33 points and five yanks followed by a 14 point effort from Will Cummings with Anthony Lee tossing in 12 points.
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If you want to play the revenge card then Temple is the choice after Rutgers beat them the first time out. I just don't have much confidence in the Owls who should be favored rarely but I'll dig deeper in to this...