Temple vs. UCF - 1/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Central Florida Knights (7-5) at Temple Owls (10-4)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Liacouras Center)
The Line: Temple Owls -14.5 -- Over/Under: 128 See the Latest Odds
TV: EPSN News
The Temple Owls and the Central Florida Knights face off on Sunday at the Liacouras Center in AAC college basketball action.
The Temple Owls are 10-4 this season and are coming off of a win at UConn in the American Athletic Conference opener which was their fourth win overall. Temple is averaging 64.7 points and they are shooting 43.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 60.9 points and their opponents are shooting 37.8 percent. Quenton DeCosey is averaging 14.2 points per game to lead the owls. Will Cummings is averaging 13.7 points and 5.1 rebounds, Josh Brown is averaging 6.9 points, and Jesse Morgan is averaging 16.2 points. Temple is a perfect 6-0 at home this season.
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The UCF Knights are 7-5 this season and they are coming off of a loss to Tulsa in the AAC opener. UCF is averaging 65.3 points and they are shooting 43.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.8 points per game and their opponents shoot 44.3 percent. B.J. Taylor leads the Knights averaging 13.5 points per game. Adonys Henriquez is averaging 11.7 points, Brandon Goodwin is averaging 8.0 points, and Staphon Blair is averaging 7.2 points. Central Florida is 0-2 on the road this season.
Temple is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 5-2 against the spread against the AAC, and 3-10 against the spread in their last 13 home games against a team with a losing home record. Central Florida is 4-0 against the spread against the AAC, 5-12-1 against the spread following a loss, and 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games.
With the total set at 128 this one stays well under and that is my free pick.