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Connecticut Huskies vs. Temple Owls - 12/31/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Temple Owls (9-4) at Connecticut Huskies (6-4)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Gampel Pavilion)

The Line: Connecticut Huskies -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 2 HD

The Temple Owls and Connecticut Huskies will face off at the XL Center this Wednesday evening.

The Temple Owls have won their third straight game after defeating the Delaware St. Hornets 66-56 this past Sunday to improve to 9-4 on the season. The Owls forced the Hornets to shoot 29.0% from the field and commit 13 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for Temple was Jaylen Bond who had a double-double with 12 points and 18 rebounds. Temple is ranked 41st in the RPI standings and has played the 30th ranked SOS. On the season, the Owls have been led by Jesse Morgan (16.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 spg), Quenton DeCosey (14.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Will Cummings (14.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.9 apg). Offensively, Temple is averaging 65.3 ppg (ranked 239th) on 37.8% shooting (ranked 331st). The Owls only commit an average of 10.3 turnovers per game (ranked 10th). Temple is currently shooting 71.4% from the free-throw line (ranked 92nd). Defensively, the Owls are holding their opponents to 61.5 ppg (ranked 83rd) on 37.7% (ranked 32nd). Temple averages 26.08 defensive rpg (ranked 79th) and 38.0 total rpg (ranked 70th).

Connecticut Huskies vs. Temple Owls - 12/31/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Connecticut Huskies improved to 6-4 on the season after defeating the Central Connecticut St. Blue Devils 81-48 this past Sunday. UConn shot 53.3% from the field and outrebounded the Blue Devils 42-28 in the victory. Leading the way for the Huskies was Ryan Boatright who had 18 points, 5 assists, and 3 steals. UConn is ranked 85th in the RPI Standings and has played the 29th ranked SOS. On the season UConn have been led Ryan Boatright (19.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.9 spg), Amida Brimah (12.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.7 bpg) and Daniel Hamilton (11.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.3 spg). Offensively, the Huskies are averaging 69.5 ppg (ranked 151st) on 46.8% shooting (ranked 63rd). UConn commits 12.3 turnovers per game (ranked 89th) and average 16.0 fouls per game (ranked 36th). Defensively, the Huskies are allowing 61.6 ppg (ranked 89th) on 39.5% shooting (ranked 78th). UConn currently block 4.3 shots per game (ranked 99th). The Huskies pull down 25.8 defensive rpg (ranked 91st).  

The Owls are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Wednesday games. The Huskies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU win of more than 20 points and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.

Temple has started to find more ways to score the basketball over the past week while playing their usual tough defensive and even knocked off the 10th ranked Kansas Jayhawks just over a week ago. Connecticut struggled through a tough non-conference schedule however, I think Kevin Ollie and Ryan Boatright will be ready to start off conference play with a big victory. I’m going to take UConn to cover the spread in this one. 

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