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Temple vs. South Carolina - 11/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Carolina Gamecocks (5-1) at Temple Owls (3-1)

College Basketball: Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: Temple Owls PK -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The South Carolina Gamecocks and Temple Owls meet Thursday in college basketball action at Madison Square Garden.

The South Carolina Gamecocks look for another nice victory to build on their 5-1 record. The South Carolina Gamecocks are averaging 75.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 60.7 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Chris Silva is averaging 14 points and eight rebounds while Frank Booker is averaging 11 points and 1.5 assists. Maik Kotsar is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Minaya is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The South Carolina Gamecocks are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 66.2 percent from the free throw line. The South Carolina Gamecocks are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game. The South Carolina Gamecocks have won six of their last eight neutral site games.

Temple vs. South Carolina - 11/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Temple Owls look for another statement win to build on their solid 3-1 record. The Temple Owls are averaging 78.5 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 71.5 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Shizz Alston Jr. is averaging 18.3 points and 2.8 assists while Quinton Rose is averaging 17.5 points and 7.3 rebounds. Obi Enechionyia is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Brown is dishing four assists. The Temple Owls are shooting 41.8 percent from beyond the arc and 81.2 percent from the free throw line. The Temple Owls are allowing 27.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31 rebounds per game. The Temple Owls have won six of their last seven neutral site games.

The Gamecocks are 36-15-2 ATS in their last 53 non-conference games, 37-18-1 ATS in their last 56 neutral site games and 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Owls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Owls last 5 overall and the under is 13-6 in Gamecocks last 19 non-conference games.

Temple has always been a grind it out team that gets after it defensively and crashes the glass, but there's some offensive pop on this years squad, and the Owls have scored 76 or more points in three of their first four games. South Carolina is off a strong start that includes two road victories, but the lack of comp makes me question just how good the Gamecocks really are right now. Temple is a legit team in the AAC that has wins over Clemson and Auburn, and could make a run for the big dance if this play continues. I like this squad, and this game being in New York should give the Owls a home court advantage. I'll take the Owls in this pick em contest.

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