Tulane vs. Temple - 2/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Temple Owls (12-10) at Tulane Green Wave (13-8)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm (Devlin Fieldhouse)
The Line: Tulane Green Wave +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some AAC college basketball action on Sunday afternoon, as the Temple Owls take on the Tulane Green Wave.
The Temple Owls will look to build on wins in 4 of their last 5 games, including an 81-79 overtime win over Wichita State in their last outing. Quinton Rose led Temple with 19 points on 6 of 12 shooting with a pair of steals, while Josh Brown came 2nd with 15 points along with 3 assists and 3 steals. Shizz Alston Jr. added 12 points but shot a miserable 5 of 22 from the floor, while Obi Enechionyia and Nate Pierre-Louis each added 11 points. Ernest Aflakpui chipped in 5 points with a team-high 7 rebounds in the win. Rose leads the Owls with an average of 14.4 points per game while Brown leads Temple with 3.5 assists per game and Enechionyia leads the way on the glass with 6.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Temple is scoring 68.1 points per game on 41.7% shooting from the field, 33.8% from behind the arc and 68.1% from the foul line this season.
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The Tulane Green Wave will look to turn their momentum around after losing 4 of their last 6 games but took a step in the right direction with a 71-69 overtime win over East Carolina in their last outing. Melvin Frazier led Tulane with 22 points on 9 of 19 shooting with 8 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists with 3 steals and a pair of blocks. Cameron Reynolds came 2nd with 16 points along with 7 rebounds and 3 steals of his own while Jordan Cornish chipped in 10 points to round out the trio of double digit scorers for Tulane in the win. Blake Paul added 8 points to match his 8 rebounds with a pair of blocks in the winning effort for the Green Wave. Frazier leads Tulane in scoring with 17.3 points per game while Reynolds leads the way in rebounding with 6.3 rebounds per game and Ray Ona Embo is the Green Wave’s top assist man with 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Tulane is scoring 75.1 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field, 36.2% from behind the arc and 71.8% from the foul line this season.
Temple is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a win and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a game where they covered the spread while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 road games. Tulane is 15-33-3 ATS in their last 51 home games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall while the over is 36-16 in their last 52 conference matchups. Temple is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
The Owls have had the bulk of the success ATS as of late when these two meet and this game means a lot in terms of positioning as both are right in the middle of the pack in the AAC. With that said, Temple’s win over Wichita State was massive, perhaps their biggest since joining the conference in 2013. That has letdown written all over it in my opinion in this game. Tulane is not a great basketball program, but they’ve still had a decent season so far this season and are 9-3 SU at home this season, so I’ll take a shot with the free bucket and Tulane here.