SMU vs. Temple - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

SMU vs. Temple - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Temple Owls (14-17) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (19-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Dickies Arena)

The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs -3.5 -- Over/Under: 132

TV: ESPNU

The Temple Owls and SMU Mustangs meet Thursday in the college basketball AAC Tournament at the Dickies Arena.

The Temple Owls need a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Temple Owls are averaging 68.3 points on 40.4 percent shooting and allowing 67.9 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Quinton Rose is averaging 16.4 points and five rebounds while Nate Pierre-Louis is averaging 10.9 points and 8.5 rebounds. Alani Moore II is dishing 2.6 assists and Jake Forrester is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Temple Owls are shooting 32.2 percent from beyond the arc and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. The Temple Owls are allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.1 rebounds per game. The Temple Owls have lost three straight non-home games.

The SMU Mustangs need a win after losing five of their last six games. The SMU Mustangs are averaging 72.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 68.5 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Tyson Jolly is averaging 14.5 points and 2.3 assists while Kendric Davis is averaging 14.2 points and 4.1 rebounds. Isiaha Mike is the third double-digit scorer and Feron Hunt is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The SMU Mustangs are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The SMU Mustangs are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game. The SMU Mustangs have lost six straight non-home games.

Will update with trends once they're released. 

Both of these teams are in sloppy form entering this tournament, so I'm not thrilled to lay chalk with either side. However, the Temple Owls have been poor for majority of the season, mainly on the offensive end, and they're shooting just 36.5 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from deep in their last five games. The SMU Mustangs have issues of their own, but we've seen far more bright spots and they have a pair of wins this season over ranked teams. SMU is the better team, and if a team must win this game, it's probably going to be the Mustangs. I'll lay the small number with SMU.

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Randy’s Pick Southern Methodist Mustangs -3.5

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