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Temple vs. Houston - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Cougars (11-2) at Temple Owls (6-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Liacouras Center)

The Line: Temple Owls -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNEWS

The Houston Cougars and Temple Owls play Saturday afternoon at the Liacouras Center.

The Houston Cougars look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Houston Cougars are averaging 83.2 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 69.7 points on 42 percent shooting. Rob Gray Jr. is averaging 18.5 points and 1.4 assists while Devonta Pollard is averaging 14.3 points and 6.5 rebounds. Damyean Dotson is grabbing 7.8 rebounds and Ronnie Johnson is dishing 3.2 assists. The Houston Cougars are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. Houston is allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep and grabbing 39.7 rebounds per game. The Houston Cougars have lost 10 of their last 12 road games.

Temple vs. Houston - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Temple Owls look for a statement win after winning five of their last seven games. The Temple Owls are averaging 71.3 points on 40.4 percent shooting and allowing 70.6 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Quenton DeCosey is averaging 15.5 points and 2.2 assists while Obi Enechionyia is averaging 10.1 points and 3.3 rebounds. Jaylen Bond is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Brown is dishing 4.5 assists. The Temple Owls are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. Temple is allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 37.4 rebounds per game. The Temple Owls have won 10 of their last 11 home games.

The Cougars are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. American Athletic Conference. The Owls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS win. 

Houston is a very good team but struggles to win or compete on the road. Temple is tough on both ends of the court and plays great at home. I'll take the Owls by double digits.

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Temple Owls -6.5

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