Saint Joseph's vs. Temple - 12/1/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Saint Joseph's vs. Temple - 12/1/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Temple Owls (6-1) at Saint Joseph's Hawks (4-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 5:30 pm (Hagan Arena)

The Line: Saint Joseph's Hawks -5 -- Over/Under: 147.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Temple Owls will travel to Hagan Arena to take on the Saint Joseph’s Hawks this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Temple Owls won their 2nd straight game and improved to 6-1 on the season after defeating the Missouri Tigers, 79-77, this past Tuesday. Temple used a 9-0 run to take a 64-52 lead midway through the 2nd half and held off a late Missouri charge to hang on for the victory. Temple shot 51.6% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 15-5 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Owls was Quinton Rose who had 18 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound and 4 steals.

On the season, Temple is averaging 75.1 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Owls are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 31.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Temple has been led by Shizz Alston Jr. (17.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.6 spg), Quinton Rose (17.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.4 spg), Nate Pierre-Louis (11.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.4 spg), and De’Vondre Perry (6.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.4 spg).

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Defensively, Temple is holding their opponents to an average of 67.3 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Owls have a rebound margin of 2.6 and a turnover margin of 5.7.

The Saint Joseph’s Hawks snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 4-3 on the season after defeating the UIC Flames, 89-75, this past Wednesday. Saint Joseph’s trailed by a 55-42 margin with 15:39 left in regulation, however, was outstanding on the offensive end the rest of the way and pulled away after a 12-0 Hawks run gave Saint Joseph’s an 81-68 lead with 2:16 left in regulation. Leading the way for the Hawks was Lamarr Kimble who had 31 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, and 2 steals.

On the season, Saint Joseph’s is averaging 81.0 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Hawks are averaging 10.3 three-pointers per game on 40.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Saint Joseph’s has been led by Charlie Brown (24.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg), Lamarr Kimble (18.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg), Jared Bynum (11.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.9 spg), and Taylor Funk (11.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.6 apg).

Defensively, Saint Joseph’s is allowing their opponents to average 76.0 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Hawks have a rebound margin of -1.6 and a turnover margin of 4.1.

The Owls are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following an ATS win however, just 4-9-2 ATS in their last 15 non-conference games. The Hawks are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.

I’m looking forward to this game as it’s always fun to watch a rivalry game from two schools in the Big 5. Temple has had a nice start to their season with wins agianst Georgia & Missouri and have been great on the defensive end as they rank 98th in scoring defense, 7th in steals per game and 19th in turnover margin. Saint Joseph’s has struggled a bit defensively, however, they are a very dangerous offensive team that ranks 74th in scoring offense & 30th in three-pointers made per game. Saint Joseph’s is a good team at home, however, Temple has won 13 of their last 17 games agianst the Hawks and as I think this one will come down to the wire, I’m taking the Owls and the points.

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Brett’s Pick Temple Owls +5

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

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