Duke vs. Temple - 11/21/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Temple Owls (2-0) at Duke Blue Devils (3-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 21, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Duke Blue Devils and Temple Owls square off Friday night at the Barclays Center.
The Duke Blue Devils are a perfect 3-0 and coming off a convincing 10-point victory over Michigan State. On the season, Duke is averaging 101 points on 60.2 percent shooting and allowing 58 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Freshman Jahlil Okafor has been as good as advertised with 17.7 points and 6.7 rebounds, while Quinn Cook is averaging 16.7 points on 55.6 percent shooting from downtown. Amile Jefferson leads Duke with 7.7 rebounds and Justise Winslow is averaging 16 points on 48.5 percent shooting from the field. Duke is shooting nearly 38 percent from three and more than 60 percent from the field, showing early on that this is one of the more talented teams in the league. Regardless of comp, the Blue Devils are going to be tough to beat this season.
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The Temple Owls are 2-0 with wins over American and Louisiana Tech. On the season, Temple is averaging 61 points on 33.3 percent shooting and allowing 56 points on 36.8 percent shooting. The Temple Owls are a scrappy team that relies on defense and rebounding to grind games out. Will Cummings leads Temple with 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds, while Quenton DeCosey is averaging 11 points and two steals. Josh Brown has been a spark for the Owls with 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, and Mark Williams is shooting 50 percent from deep. The Temple Owls aren’t a pretty basketball team but will continue to find ways to hang around with an underrated defense that puts a ton of pressure on its opponent. Jaylen Bond is questionable for this game with an ankle injury.
The Blue Devils are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The Owls are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 vs. Atlantic Coast. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
I like those scrapy defensive teams that put a lot of pressure on an offense, and that's what the Temple Owls do. While Duke has the better athletes and should win easily, look for Temple to compete and keep the game within the crazy number.