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Houston vs. Temple - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Temple Owls (7-5) at Houston Cougars (11-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Health and PE Arena)

The Line: Houston Cougars -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Temple Owls will travel to H&PE Arena to take on the Houston Cougars this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Temple Owls lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 7-5 (0-1 AAC) on the season after defeating the Tulane Green Wave, 85-75, this past Thursday night. Temple had no answers on the defensive end for the Green Wave and couldn’t fight back after Tulane took a 73-62 lead with 3:53 left in regulation. Temple allowed Tulane to shoot 54.4% from the field and only shot 19.0% (4-21) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Owls was Quinton Rose who had 17 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Temple is averaging 72.3 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Owls are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 35.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Temple has been led by Quinton Rose (16.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2.0 spg), Shizz Alston Jr. (14.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.3 apg), Obi Enechionyia (11.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Josh Brown (9.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.3 apg). Defensively, Temple is allowing their opponents to average 72.2 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Owls have a rebound margin of -2.8 and a turnover margin of 1.3.

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Houston vs. Temple - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Cougars won their 3rd straight game and improved to 11-2 (1-0 AAC) on the season after defeating the South Florida Bulls, 79-60, this past Thursday. Houston was strong on the defensive end throughout the game and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 42-33 halftime lead. Houston held South Florida to just 31.6% shooting from the field and outrebounded the Bulls by a 43-35 margin. Leading the way for the Cougars was Corey Davis Jr. who had 15 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, Houston is averaging 81.0 ppg on 48.2% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 40.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Houston has been led by Rob Gray (19.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.0 spg), Devin Davis (11.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.6 apg), Corey Davis Jr. (11.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.8 apg0, and Wes VanBeck (9.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.5 apg). Defensively, Houston is holding their opponents to an average of 66.2 ppg on 39.2% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of 8.5 and a turnover margin of 1.0.

The Owls are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games following a double-digit loss at home however, are 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cougars are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

Temple had a great start to their season with quality wins against Old Dominion, Auburn, Clemson and South Carolina however, the Owls have lost 3 of their last 4 games and currently rank just 229th in scoring offense and 183rd in scoring defense. Houston has piled up the wins during their non-conference schedule and has been solid on both sides as the Cougars rank 69th in scoring offense, T-60th in scoring defense, and 22nd in rebound margin. Houston has a great duo in Rob Gray and Devin Davis and as the Cougars always seem to play tough at home, I’m taking Houston to cover in this one. 

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