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Houston vs. Temple - 2/21/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Temple Owls (16-9) at Houston Cougars (19-7)

College Basketball: Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Hofheinz Pavilion)

The Line: Houston Cougars -5 -- Over/Under: 141 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNN

The Houston Cougars and the Temple Owls face off on Sunday in AAC college basketball action.

The Houston Cougars are 19-7 this season and they have won their last three games and six of their last seven. Houston is averaging 78.7 points per game and they are shooting 46.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 69.6 points and their opponents are shooting 41.9 percent. Rob Gray Jr. leads the Cougars averaging 17.1 points per game. Devonta Pollard is averaging 13.7 points and 5.4 rebounds, Damyean Dotson is averaging 13.2 points and 6.7 rebounds, and Ronnie Johnson is averaging 10 points. Houston is 14-2 at home and 9-5 in AAC games.

Houston vs. Temple - 2/21/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Temple Owls are 16-9 this season and they are coming off of a loss to number one ranked Villanova that ended a five game winning streak. Temple is averaging 69.3 points per game and they are shooting 40.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68 points and their opponents are shooting 41.9 percent. Quenton DeCosey leads the Owls averaging 16.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Obi Enechionyia is averaging 10 points, Jaylen Bond is averaging 9.8 points and 8.1 rebounds, and Devin Coleman is averaging 9.3 points. Temple is 6-3 on the road and 10-3 in AAC games.

Houston is 4-0 against the spread in their last four home games, 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 3-1-1 against the spread following a win. Temple is 13-3 against the spread following a double digit home loss, 7-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games. Houston has covered the point spread in their last four games against Temple.

I just can’t trust Houston enough to lay this number so Temple is my play. 

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Temple Owls +5

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