Louisville Cardinals vs. Temple Owls Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/27/14
Temple Owls (7-19) at Louisville Cardinals (23-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:00 pm (KFC Yum! Center)
The Line: Louisville Cardinals -21 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: not listed
The Temple Owls go on the road to tangle with the Louisville Cardinals at the KFC Yum! Center.
Temple hasn't had very much to cheer about during the 2013-14 campaign but they have played very well over the past three times out although a 1-2 record says it wasn't all that great. I disagree after a super effort in an 82-79 overtime defeat at Memphis on Saturday where the defense continued to struggle with thigers firing away at 57% from the floor. The Owls stayed close despite 40.5% accuracy with 13 more shots and eleven bombs almost getting the job done. Will Cummings led a trio of DD scorers with 24 points, six pulls and six assists with Quenton DeCosey and Dalton Pepper tossing in 23 and 20 points.
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Louisville perhaps came up witheir biggest victory of the conference schedule when Russ Smith knocked down the winning shot with seconds remaining for a 58-57 decision at Cincinnati on Saturday to sit in a virtual tie atop the standings. Montrezl Harrell kept his team alive with 21 points and ten rebounds but was just 5-12 at the line. Terry Rozier added eleven points and six boards on 5-8 accuracy followed by the duo of Russ Smith and Chris Jones with 18 combined points with Smith posting five helpers. Overall seven players out of the eight man rotation scored on a collective 40% from the field while the Bearcats were held to 28%.
Not much to say here except Louisville wins big if they play their type of game and just win otherwise. I'm not keen about laying the big chalk but I'll back the Cardinals potential...