West Virginia vs. Temple - 11/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Temple Owls (3-2) at West Virginia Mountaineers (4-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 25, 2016 at 3:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line:West Virginia Mountaineers -13 -- Over/Under: 147 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Temple Owls and 19th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers will square off at the Barclays Center this Friday afternoon in the NIT Season Tip-Off.
The Temple Owls improved to 3-2 on the season after they upset the 25th ranked Florida State Seminoles, 89-86, yesterday afternoon. Temple used a strong 2nd half to overcome a 41-31 halftime deficit and secure the come from behind victory. Temple was outstanding offensively as they shot 46.8% from the field and 52.4% (11-21) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Owls was Shizz Alston Jr. who had 22 points, 4 assists, and 2 rebounds. On the season, Temple is averaging 78.6 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field and 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Temple has been led by Obi Enechionyia (19.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.6 bpg), Daniel Dingle (13.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.0 apg), Shizz Alston Jr. (13.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 5.0 apg, 3.0 spg), and Quinton Rose (13.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.2 bpg). Temple has been solid on the defensive end and is allowing their opponents to average 74.4 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field
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The 19th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers improved to 4-0 on the season after they easily defeated the Illinois Fighting Illini, 89-57, last night. West Virginia was outstanding on both sides of the court and used a 12-0 run to start of the 2nd half to take a commanding 60-29 lead and go on for the victory. West Virginia held Illinois to just 23.5% (4-17) shooting from beyond the arc and won the turnover battle by a 24-6 margin. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was Jevon Carter who had 10 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 6 steals. On the season, West Virginia is averaging 95.8 ppg on 49.3% shooting from the field and 38.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Mountaineers have been led by Nathan Adrian (13.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 4.0 apg), Jevon Carter (10.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.5 apg, 3.8 spg), Esa Ahmad (10.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Tarik Phillip (8.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.3 apg). West Virginia brings a tremendous amount of the pressure on the defensive end and is holding their opponents to an average of 55.8 ppg on 36.7% shooting from the field whle ranking 1st in College Basketball with 13.7 spg.
The Owls are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Mountaineers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.
Temple, after some tough losses to start their season against UNH and UMass, played outstanding against Florida State and showed us that they can generate some offensive. West Virginia hasn’t played much in competition however, has been outstanding on both sides of the ball as entering Thursday, the Mountaineers ranked in the top-10 in both scoring offense and defense. Temple played great against Florida State but this is also the same team that lost to UNH, a team that West Virginia beat by a 100-41 margin, and I just think the Mountaineers will have to much fire power for the Owls to handle. This line has yet to be released however, unless Temple is getting a huge number (15+), I’m leaning on taking West Virginia in this one.
Update: West Virginia is favored by about the number I was expecting and I'm going to stick with West Virginia in this one.