Missouri vs. Temple - 11/27/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Missouri vs. Temple - 11/27/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Temple Owls (5-1) at Missouri Tigers (3-2)

College Basketball: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Mizzou Arena)

The Line: Missouri Tigers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 133 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Temple Owls will travel to Mizzou Arena to take on the Missouri Tigers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Temple Owls improved to 5-1 on the season after defeating the California Golden Bears, 76-59, in the 3rd place game of the Legends Classic at the Barclays Center this past Saturday. Temple was outstanding on the offensive end agianst the Golden Bears and pulled away for the victory after a 9-0 run gave the Owls a 72-54 lead with 2:04 left in regulation. Temple shot 54.4% from the field and 42.9% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Owls was Quinton Rose who had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, and a block.

On the season, Temple is averaging 74.5 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Owls are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 30.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Temple has been led by Shizz Alston Jr. (17.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.7 spg), Quinton Rose (17.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.2 spg), Nate Pierre-Louis (12.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.8 spg), and De’Vondre Perry (6.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg).

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Defensively, Temple is holding their opponents to an average of 65.6 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Owls have a rebound margin of 2.4 and a turnover margin of -2.2.

The Missouri Tigers dropped to 3-2 on the season after being defeated by the 12th ranked Kansas State Wildcats, 82-67, in the championship game of the Paradise Jam Tournament on November 19th. Missouri had no answers for the Kansas State offense and couldn’t fight back after a 13-0 Wildcats run to end the 1st half gave Kansas State a 40-27 halftime lead. Missouri allowed Kansas State to shoot 54.5% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Jordan Geist who had 24 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Missouri is averaging 63.6 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Missouri has been led by Jordan Geist (12.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.6 apg), Mark Smith (11.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.2 apg), Kevin Puryear (10.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Jeremiah Tilmon (8.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.2 bpg).

Defensively, Missouri is holding their opponents to an average of 65.6 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 2.4 and a turnover margin of -2.2.

The Owls are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win however, are just 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Tigers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Temple has one of the best backcourts in the AAC with Shizz Alston Jr. & Quinton Rose and has been great on the defensive end this season, ranking 72nd in scoring defense and T-7th in turnover margin. Missouri suffered a huge blow prior to the season, losing Jontay Porter to an ACL injury, and although they have a decent defense, the offense has struggled this season as they rank just T-324th in scoring offense and 291st in FG%. Temple is a well-coached team with solid experience and as I think their defense will continue to give the Tigers offense trouble, I’m taking the Owls and the points in this one.

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Brett’s Pick Temple Owls +4.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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