Temple Owls vs. South Florida Bulls - 1/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
South Florida Bulls (7-11) at Temple Owls (12-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm (Liacouras Center)
The Line: Temple Owls -11 See the Latest Odds
The Temple Owls will be hosting the South Florida Bulls on Thursday night on ESPN.
The Temple Owls are currently sitting at 12-7, and the Owls are ranked sixth in the AAC right now. Temple is getting their wins with solid defense and rebounding, as their offense sure isn’t leading the charge. The Owls are shooting just 38 percent form the field this year, giving them an offense that is scoring just over 64 points per game on average. The Owls are limping into this meeting with the Bulls, having dropped three straight. Temple’s last outing was against the Bearcats, and Temple fell to Cinch 84-53.
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The South Florida Bulls are struggling this season, as the Bulls are below the .500 mark this year, having a record of 7-11. The Bulls have also dropped three straight heading into his meeting on Thursday, but prior to that, South Florida was just 2-9 in their previous 11 games. The Bulls are shooting better than the Owls are this season, but the defense just hasn’t been there, and even though Temple is far from lighting up the scoreboard this season, the Bulls are going to need a strong defensive effort to get the win here on Thursday.
I have to back the Owls at home here. Laying double digits with an offense as poor as Temple's is always a risk, but I just can't see any reason to back the Bulls on the road in this spot.