Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-0) vs. Temple Owls (1-2)
November 18, 2022 5:00 pm EDT
The Line: Temple Owls +5.5 / Rutgers Scarlet Knights -5.5; Over/Under: +134.5
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The Temple Owls and the Rutgers Scarlet knights meet in college basketball action from Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday afternoon.
The Temple Owls will look to rebound from an 89-87 OT loss to Vanderbilt last time out. Damien Dunn leads Temple in scoring with 29.7 PPG while Khalif Battle has 13 PPG as well this season. Jamille Reynolds has 12 PPG with a team-high 7 RPG to lead the Owls on the glass while Zach Hicks has 10 PPG with 4.7 RPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for the Owls up to this point in the year. Hysier Miller also has a team-high 4 APG to lead the Owls in assist department this season. As a team, Temple is averaging 76 PPG on 41.7% shooting form the field, 33.3% from three and 78.4% from the foul line this season.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will try to build on a 73-65 win over UMass last time out. Cam Spencer leads Rutgers in scoring and assists with 16.7 PPG and 4 APG while Clifford Omoruyi has 16.3 PPG and a team-high 10.3 RPG to lead the Scarlet Knights on the glass by averaging a double-double per game this season. Aundre Hyatt has 14.3 PPG with 6.3 RPG and Derek Simpson has 10.3 PPG to finish off the scoring in double figures for Rutgers so far this season. As a team, Rutgers is averaging 78.7 PPG on 42.8% shooting from the field, 34% from three and 74.3% from the foul line this season.
Temple is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 games following a loss. Rutgers is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Friday games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400.
I get the reasoning for backing either side in this game, but I’m looking at the Owls here. Temple’s played in a lot of close games this season, and even if they play another one here, we’re getting more than enough points to cover us off. Rutgers hasn’t been all that impressive so far this season and I just get the feeling that this will be a tight one. Give me the points.