La Salle vs. Temple - 11/26/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Temple Owls (3-0) at La Salle Explorers (3-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm (Tom Gola Arena)
The Line: La Salle Explorers +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
A pair of old A-10 rivals renew pleasantries as the Temple Owls take on the La Salle Explorers in a college basketball matchup on Sunday afternoon.
The Temple Owls come into this one looking to remain unbeaten after starting the year 3-0 with a 67-60 victory over Clemson last time out. Shizz Alston Jr. led the team with 14 points on 3 of 6 shooting with a pair of threes and 3 assists. Josh Brown came 2nd with 13 points on 5 of 13 shooting with 3 triples, while Obi Enechionyia and Alani Moore II tied with 12 points apiece. Enechionyia added 6 rebounds, while Moore II added a team-high 3 steals. Quinton Rose rounded out the scoring in double figures for the Owls with 10 points, along with team-highs of 11 rebounds, 4 assists and a pair of steals in the win. Alston Jr. leads the Owls in scoring with 18.3 points per game while Enechionyia is the team’s top rebounder with 7.3 boards per game and Rose leads the way in assists with 4 assists per game this season. As a team, Temple is scoring 77 points per game on 42.9% shooting from the field and 41.1% from behind the arc while also boasting the 7th-best free throw percentage in the country at 81.7% this season.
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The La Salle Explorers will look for a big win to climb above .500 and snap a 3 game losing streak following a 57-46 loss to Miami in their last outing. Pookie Powell led the team with 17 points on 5 of 15 shooting, while B.J. Johnson matched his 16 points with 16 rebounds for a monster double-double as the only two Explorers to finish in double figures scoring in the loss. Tony Washington added 5 points and 9 rebounds, while the Explorers as a team shot just 28.8% from the floor, while also going 0 for 15 from behind the arc. Johnson leads the Explorers by averaging a double-double per game this season with 21.7 points and 10.7 rebounds, while Powell is the team’s top assist man, averaging 2.7 helpers per game. As a team, La Salle is scoring 66.3 points per game on 40.9% shooting from the field, 24.4% from behind the arc and 81.1% from the foul line, the 11th-best free throw percentage in the country.
Temple is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the over is 11-4 in their last 15 road games. La Salle is 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 non-conference games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss. Temple is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Temple are no strangers to playing away from home after winning the Charleston Classic and although the Explorers can make their free throws, last game showed their ineptitude from behind the 3-point line, a shot that Temple makes with some consistency. Also the Owls covered all 3 of their games so far this season, something that the Explorers have done just twice in their 6 games this year. All in all, I think this is Temple’s game to lose and I think they cover here in a big way.