Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Temple Owls - 2/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Temple Owls (19-8) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (18-7)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Reynolds Center)
The Line: Tulsa Golden Hurricane -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane look to continue their strong play at the Reynolds Center versus the Temple Owls.
The end of the regular season is right in front of the Temple Owls which means they need to avoid a season ending slide which could knock them out of the top four. The Owls have to be on their guard after blowing a lead in a 67-58 loss at Southern Methodist on Thursday. The Owls were up eight at the break but their defense and scoring didn't show up over the final 20 minutes. The Mustangs held a 49%-41% shooting edge but this was all about foul shooting with SMU sinking 12 more. Will Cummings was the only player to reach double figures in the scoring column with 14 points while handing out seven assists and recording seven steals. Jesse Morgan followed with nine points while Josh Brown, Obi Enechionyia and Jaylen Bond scored eight points with Bond grabbing eleven rebounds.
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The Tulsa Golden Hurricane might fall short in their bid to capture the American Athletic but their first season in the conference has been wildly successful. The Golden Hurricane sit in second place after ending a two game slide with Wednesday's 69-58 victory against visitng East Carolina. This one was over fast with the home team storming to a 35-19 lead after 20 minutes before holding off a Pirates come back. Athe final horn the 51% marksmanship of the Golden Hurricane was too much for 35% shooting ECU. James Woodard led all scorers with 19 points and six pulls on 6-14 from the floor with Brandon Swannegan next in line with 16 points on 6-7 accuracy. Shaquille Harrison added 12 points, eight rebounds and six helpers while Rashad Ray chipped in with seven points.
The Owls are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. American Athletic Conference. Temple are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 21-9-1 ATS in their last 31 Sunday games. The Golden Hurricane are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. Tulsa are 16-6-1 ATS in their last 23 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Temple can't afford to let the season get away from in the final weeks so hopefully they come up big here...