UMass vs. Temple - 11/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Temple Owls (1-1) at UMass Minutemen (1-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Mullins Center)
The Line: UMass Minutemen -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: American Sports Network; NESN Plus; MASN 2; Comcast Network - PA
The Temple Owls will travel to the William D. Mullins Memorial Center to take on the UMass Minutemen this Thursday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Temple Owls fell to 1-1 on the season after being defeated by the New Hampshire Wildcats, 57-52, this past Monday. Temple had trouble offensively against the Wildcats throughout the night and allowed UNH’s Jaleen Smith to come up with a few big plays let in the game that secured the win for the Wildcats. Temple shot just 30.3% from the field and 22.2% (6-27) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for Temple was Obi Enechionyia who had 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks. On the season, Temple has been led by Obi Enechionyia (20.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 3.0 bpg), Daniel Dingle (17.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.5 spg), and Shizz Alston Jr. (10.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 5.0 apg). Temple finished last season with a 21-12 record and won the AAC Championship, however, Temple lost their two best players in Quenton DeCosey (15.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and Jaylen Bond (10.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg). The Owls will also be without a big part of their backcourt in Josh Brown and Trey Lowe for at least the beginning of the season due to injury. Temple will need to rely on Obi Enechionyia to produce and that that returning senior, Daniel Dingle and freshman Alani Moore can be impact players.
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The UMass Minutemen dropped to 1-1 on the season after they were defeated by the Ole Miss Rebels, 90-88, this past Monday. UMass had a 48-40 lead at halftime and led for the majority of the 2nd half, however, was held scoreless over the last 3:49 of the game which allowed the Rebels to come back and secure the victory. UMass shot 39.4% (13-33) from beyond the arc however, was outrebounded by Ole Miss by a 46-39 margin. Leading the way for UMass was Dejon Jarreau who had 25 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and a block. On the season, UMass has been led by Luwane Pipkins (16.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 6.0 spg), Dejon Jarreau (14.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 6.5 apg), and Donte Clark (13.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.5 spg). UMass finished with just a 14-18 record last season but brought in a great recruiting class headlined by freshman Dejon Jarreau and Canisius transfer. UMass lost two of the better guards in Trey Davis (18.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg) and Jabarie Hinds (14.4 ppg, 3.0 apg) however, does return Donte Clark who averaged 16.1 ppg and 3.8 rpg last season. UMass also returned Luwane Pipkins who missed off last season looks as if he will be leading the backcourt with Donte Clark for the Minutemen this season.
The Owls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss. The Minutemen are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
Temple shouldn’t hang their heads too much after falling to an above-average UNH team, however, injury and depth issues have the Owls playing short-handed to begin this season. UMass is one of the biggest question marks this season in the A-10 and although they are young, the Minutemen are a very talented team with a solid floor general in Donte Clark. UMass really let one slip through their fingers against Ole Miss, however, I see the Minutemen bouncing back strong in this one and covering this small home spread. Take UMass to cover.