Delaware Blue Hens vs. Temple Owls - 12/18/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Temple Owls (6-4) at Delaware Blue Hens (0-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Bob Carpenter Center)
The Line: Delaware Blue Hens +9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Temple Owls will travel to the Bob Carpenter Center to take on the Delaware Blue Hens this Tuesday night.
The Temple Owls fell to 6-4 on the season after an 85-62 loss to the 7th ranked Villanova Wildcats this past Sunday. Temple struggled from the floor as they only shot 34.6% from the field and allowed the Wildcats to shoot 60% (9-15 3PM-A) from long range. Leading the way for the Owls was Quenton DeCosey who had 18 points and 4 rebounds however, was just 4-16 from the field. Temple is ranked 53rd in the RPI standings and has the 13th ranked SOS. Temple has played two top-25 teams in Duke and Villanova, however, weren’t competitive in either game as they loss by a combined score of 159-116. On the season, the Owls have been led by Will Cummings (14.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.1 apg), Quenton DeCosey (14.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Josh Brown (8.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg). Temple has struggled on the offensive end this season as they are only averaging 62.4 ppg (ranked 281st) on 36.2% shooting (ranked 338th). The Owls struggle from long range as they are only making an average of 4.5 three-pointers a game which is ranked 312th in the country. Temple does a nice job protecting the ball as they only commit 11.0 turnovers per game (ranked 24th) Defensively, the Owls are holding their opponents to 63.0 ppg (ranked 118th) on 39.0% shooting (ranked 69th).
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The Delaware Blue Hens are still searching for their first win as they dropped to 0-7 on the season after a 66-53 loss to the Delaware State Hornets. Delaware shot a dismal 30.4% (17-56 FG) from the field and just 22.2% (6-27 3FG-A) from long-range. Leading the way for the Blue Hens was Chivarsky Corbett who had 15 points (6-13 FG) and 3 rebounds off the bench. Leading the way for Delaware on the season have been Cazmon Hayes (15.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg), Kory Holden (11.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.6 apg), and Chivarsky Corbett (8.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg). The Blue Hens have struggled on both ends of the ball throughout the season and are ranked 341st in the RPI standings. Offensively, Delaware is averaging 54.7 ppg (ranked 340th) on 32.0% (ranked 345th). The Blue Hens have trouble generating quality shots and only average 9.3 assists per game which ranks 323rd in the country. Defensively, Delaware is allowing 72.9 ppg (ranked 296th) on 43.4% shooting (ranked 225th). The Blue Hens haven’t been able to force many turnovers on defensive as they are currently averaging just 3.9 steals per game as a team (ranked 340th).
The Owls are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record however, just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Blue Hens are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following a double loss at home but is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.
As both teams struggle offensively, I can see this being a very slow-paced, defensive game. Temple has struggled a bit on offensive but they do have Will Cummings and Quenton DeCosey who can find ways to score and I think they don’t have any trouble covering this spread. Take the Owls to cover.