Temple Owls vs. Louisville Cardinals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/14/14
Louisville Cardinals (19-4) at Temple Owls (6-16)
College Basketball: Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Liacouras Center)
The Line: Temple Owls -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Louisville Cardinals travel to the Liacouris Center to take the floor with the Temple Owls on Thursday.
Thanks to Southern Methodist's upset of Cincinnati, Louisville is one loss behind the frontrunning Bearcats in the AAC. The Cardinals have had a week off to focus on the stretch run after throttling Houston 77-62 on the road. A 19 point lead after 20 minutes was enough to secure the victory with UL improving to 8-2 in the conference. Houston did shoot the ball at a respectable 45.8% but did give the ball away 14 times while the visitors burned up the nets at 55.5% including a 20-13 edge at the foul line. Russ Smith was high scorer with 17 points and six assists followed by the duo of Montrezl Harrell and Luke Hancock with 15 points each and 12 boards while Chris Jones added 14.
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A rebuilding Temple squad has found the AAC battles too much with just a single win to their credit with the season end coming in to sight. The Owls have had a few games where the shots were not falling and the offense stalled but the glaring problem has been defensively where opponents are averaging nearly 78 points. Those struggles continued in an 88-74 defeat at Houston on Sunday where an eleven point deficit at the half set the tone. The Cougars blasted away at 54% including eleven makes from distance which made the Owls 45% accuracy a losing number. Dalton Pepper led the offense with 17 points with Quenton DeCosey and Anthony Lee netting 14 points each with Lee grabbing nine boards. Will Cummings followed with 12 while Devontae Watson scoring 11 points and adding eleven points and 11 rebounds.
Obviously Louisville will need this game to stay on the heels of Cincinnati and keep pace with the rest of the contenders in the AAC. No line on this yet so please check back...