Temple vs. Memphis - 3/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Memphis Tigers (16-13) at Temple Owls (18-10)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Liacouras Center)
The Line: Temple Owls -3.5 -- Over/Under: 145 See the Latest Odds
The Temple Owls and the Memphis Tigers face off on Thursday in AAC college basketball action.
The Temple Owls are 18-10 this season and they have won seven of their last nine games as the try and hunt down a NCAA Tournament bid. Temple is averaging 68.6 points per game and they are shooting 40.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 67.9 points and their opponents are shooting 41.6 percent. Quenton DeCosey leads the Owls averaging 15.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Obi Enechionyia is averaging 11.2 points, Jaylen Bond is averaging 9.5 points and 7.9 rebounds, and Devin Coleman is averaging 9.2 points. Temple is 10-3 at home and 12-4 in AAC play.
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The Memphis Tigers are 16-13 this season and they are coming off of a win over Tulsa that ended a two game losing skid. Memphis is averaging 77.1 points per game and they are shooting 41 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 71.4 points and their opponents are shooting 40 percent. Dedric Lawson leads the Tigers averaging 15.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Shaq Goodwin is averaging 15.1 points and 8.1 rebounds, Ricky Tarrant Jr. is averaging 11.8 points, and Trashon Burrell is averaging 10 points and 6.4 rebounds. Memphis is 1-7 on the road and 7-9 in Conference USA.
Temple is 1-4 against the spread following a win, 1-4 against the spread in their last five games, and 8-3 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Memphis is 7-19 against the spread following a game that covered the point spread, 8-17 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four road games. The underdog has covered the point spread in six of the last eight meetings of these two teams.
The total in this one is set at 145 but I see this one coming up short so my free pick is the under.