Temple vs. East Carolina - 2/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
East Carolina Pirates (11-13) at Temple Owls (18-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Liacouras Center)
The Line: Temple Owls -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The East Carolina Pirates and Temple Owls play Saturday afternoon at the Liacouras Center.
The East Carolina Pirates look for a big win after splitting their last eight games. On the season, ECU is averaging 64.7 points on 42.5 percent shooting and are allowing 65 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Terry Whisnant is averaging 12.9 points and 2.3 rebounds while B.J. Tyson is averaging 12.8 points and 4.3 rebounds. Caleb White is the third double-digit scorer and Michel-Ofik Nzege is five rebounds. The East Carolina Pirates have four players averaging at least six points, and they’re shooting 67.8 percent from the line and 34.4 percent from downtown. Defensively, East Carolina is allowing 29.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in four straight games.
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The Temple Owls hope to keep things rolling with six straight wins. On the season, Temple is averaging 65.2 points on 38.5 percent shooting and is allowing 60.3 points on 38.7 percent shooting. Will Cummings is averaging 13.5 points and four assists while Quenton DeCosey is averaging 13 points and 4.2 rebounds. Jesse Morgan is the third double-digit scorer and Jaylen Bond is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The Temple Owls have four players averaging at least 8.3 points, and they’re shooting 68.4 percent from the line and 31.4 percent from deep. Defensively, Temple is allowing 30.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 62 or less points in eight straight games. Obi Enechionyia is questionable with an ankle injury.
The Pirates are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Owls are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
The East Carolina Pirates are playing some of their best ball of the season right now. And while Temple is still the better team in this matchup, the Owls aren't good enough offensively to blow teams out. I like the value of the points in this matchup, especially with ECU starting to find its groove.