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Cincinnati vs. Temple - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Temple Owls (12-6) at Cincinnati Bearcats (11-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Fifth Third Arena)

The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Temple Owls and Cincinnati Bearcats square off Saturday night at the Fifth Third Arena.

The Temple Owls have won six of their last eight games and play their sixth true road game. On the season, Temple is averaging 64.7 points on 37.5 percent shooting and is allowing 61.7 points on 38.6 percent shooting. Quenton DeCosey is averaging 13.9 points and 3.9 rebounds while Will Cummings is averaging 12.9 points and 3.9 assists. Jesse Morgan is the third player averaging double-digit points and Jaylen Bond is grabbing 8.5 rebounds. The Temple Owls rely heavily on their defense that’s allowing 30.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in seven of their last eight games. Offensively, Temple is shooting 70.4 percent from the line and 29.9 percent from beyond the arc. Temple is 3-2 SU on the road.

Cincinnati vs. Temple - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cincinnati Bearcats have split their last four games and look for their third AAC win. On the season, Cincinnati is averaging 61.7 points on 43.3 percent shooting and is allowing 55.2 points on 38.4 percent shooting. Troy Caupain is averaging 9.8 points and 3.5 assists while Octavius Ellis is averaging 9.3 points and 6.9 rebounds. Gary Clark is grabbing 7.7 rebounds and Farad Cobb is shooting 34.8 percent from the field. The Cincinnati Bearcats are also an elite defensive team that’s allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in six straight games. Offensively, Cincinnati is shooting 68 percent from the line and 29.8 percent from downtown.

The Owls are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Bearcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. American Athletic Conference. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

Cincinnati will be hungry to bounce back from a tough loss to Memphis and has the advantage here. Both teams struggle to score the basketball, but Cincy has the better athletes and plays better defense. Look for the Bearcats to cruise. 

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Cincinnati Bearcats -6

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