Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Temple Owls Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/14/14
Temple Owls (5-9) at Cincinnati Bearcats (15-2)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Fifth Third Arena)
The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Temple Owls shoot for the upset of the Cincinnati Bearcats at Fifth Third Arena Tuesday.
This is not the same Temple squad that was a fixture at the top of the Atlantic Ten as they lost the majority of their production to graduation and are trying to rebuild on the fly. The Owls score first mentality kept them stride for stride with Memphis for 20 minutes before the defense struggled in the second half of a 79-69 home loss. The Tigers hit at over 45% and mustered 13 more looks to out distance the 41% shooting Owls. Dalton Pepper carried the scoring load with 24 points and eight yanks Quenton DeCosey and Will Cummings tossing in 18 and eleven points respectively.
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Cincinnati has been riding their dominating defense to eight consecutive victories where this unit has not allowed more then 62 points. The defensive end of the floor held upset minded Rutgers to a mere 19 second half points on the way to an easy 71-51 victory as the Scarlet Knights were limited to only 34% from the floor. The Bearcats connected at 43% but rode 31-11 advantage at the charity stripe to the win. Sean Kilpatrick paced the offense with a 16 point, seven board performance with Troy Caupain adding 14 while the twosome of Justin Jackson and Shaquille Thomas netted eleven points apiece with Jackson snagging seven rebounds.
I have watched both teams a lot in the early going and the numbers point to Cincinnati. I am a Temple fan and hope for a huge surprise but right or wrong I'm picking with the numbers...