Temple Owls vs. George Washington Colonials NIT Tournament - 3/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
George Washington Colonials (22-12) at Temple Owls (24-10)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 11:00 am (Liacouras Center)
The Line: Temple Owls -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Temple Owls battle former Atlantic Ten rival the George Washington Colonials in round two of the NIT.
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The George Washington Colonials turned to their defense to eliminate Pittsburgh from the NIT with a 60-54 first round decision. The Colonials only connected at 34% from the floor but forced 16 turnovers which paved the way to 16 more looks at he basket while a 14-28 effort at the stripe still added up to six more free throws. On the flip side the Panthers clearly laid out how you can lose this type of game when shooting at 49% as this was literally given away. Kethan Savage saved George Washington with a contest high 17 points on 6-13 from the floor while Patricio Garino added 14 points and six pulls. Joe McDonald and Kevin Larsen followed with seven points apiece with seven and nine rebounds.
The Temple Owls got all they bargained for and almost too much in a 73-67 victory in round one of the NIT. This game was nip and tuck for the majority of the contest before a late Owls spurt was just enough to advance. The Bison were held to 34% accuracy but stayed close thanks to eleven more looks. Temple connected at 39% and made their living at the charity stripe where they turned 20 Bucknell personals in to a decisive 20-10 advantage. Will Cummings saved his team from a huge upset with an explosive 30 point explosion with seven boards on 9-14 from the floor. Quenton DeCosey added 13 points, seven pulls and five helpers while Josh Brown netted eleven points with nine players scoring.
These teams should be familiar with one another as Temple was in the Atlantic Ten and was a perennial favorite. The defensive minded Owls will go as far as their defense takes them because they no longer score a ton of points and don’t shoot the ball very well. George Washington is similar to their former rivals in that they need to defend well to succeed. I have a few days to look this over while I wait for a line to come out so please check back…