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Florida State vs. Temple - 11/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Temple Owls (2-2) at Florida State Seminoles (4-0)

College Basketball: Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 12:30 pm (Barclays Center)

The Line: Florida State Seminoles -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Temple Owls and Florida State Seminoles will square off at the Barclays Center this Thursday afternoon in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

The Temple Owls snapped a two game losing streak and improved to 2-2 on the season after defeating the Manhattan Jaspers, 88-67, this past Sunday. Temple was outstanding on the defensive end in the 1st half and was easily able to cruise to victory after taking a 39-20 halftime lead. Temple shot 53.4% from the field and forced Manhattan into committing 22 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Owls was Daniel Dingle who had 22 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals. On the season, Temple is averaging 76.0 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Owls average 7.5 three-pointers per game on 31.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Temple has been led by Obi Enechionyia (20.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.8 bpg), Daniel Dingle (15.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.3 spg), Shizz Alston Jr. (11.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 5.3 apg), and Quinton Rose (9.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.5 bpg). Defensively, Temple is allowing their opponents to average 71.5 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. Temple has done a nice job on the defensive end early in the season and ranks 14th in the country in bpg (6.8) and T-60th in turnover margin (+3.5).

Florida State vs. Temple - 11/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 25th ranked Florida State Seminoles improved to 4-0 on the season after defeating the Detroit Titans, 100-71, this past Sunday. Florida State led by a 48-35 margin at halftime and after Detroit got within single-digits midway through the 2nd half,  the Seminoles went on a 32-4 run secure the blowout victory. Florida State shot 57.1% from the field however, did struggle from beyond the arc as the Seminoles shot just 7.1% (1-14) from three-point range. Leading the way for the Seminoles was Dwayne Bacon who had 22 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, and 2 steals. On the season, Florida State is averaging 96.8 ppg on 53.0% shooting from the field. The Seminoles are averaging just 5.0 three-pointers per game on 27.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Florida State has been led by Dwayne Bacon (17.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.0 apg), Jonathan Isaac (14.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.5 spg), Terance Mann (9.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Xavier Rathan-Mayes (9.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.5 apg). Defensively, Florida State is allowing their opponents to average 75.5 ppg on 40.5% shooting from the field. Florida State has been outstanding on the glass this season and rank 28th in the country in rebound margin at +11.0.

The Owls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. ACC opponents. The Seminoles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.

Temple has struggled a bit on the offensive end as they rank 235th in the country in FG% and is currently without two of their more important players in Josh Brown and Trey Lowe who have missed the beginning of this season due to injuries. Florida State has been outstanding on the offensive end and although they no longer have Malik Beasley, Dwayne Bacon is looking like he’ll be one of the better players in the AAC this year. Florida State doesn’t shoot the ball well outside of the arc however, as long as the Seminoles doesn’t settle on the outside shot, they should have a huge advantage in the frontcourt and on the boards and will cover this spread. Take Florida State to cover. 

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Florida State Seminoles -11.5

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