Villanova Wildcats (1-0) vs. Temple Owls (0-1)
November 11, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Temple Owls +4.5 / Villanova Wildcats -4.5; Over/Under: +135
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The Villanova Wildcats and Temple Owls meet Friday in college basketball action at the Liacouras Center. The Villanova Wildcats look for a 2-0 start. The Temple Owls look for their first win of the year.
The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 81 points on 55.8 percent shooting and allowing 68 points on 40 percent shooting. Caleb Daniels is averaging 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Eric Dixon is averaging 20 points and 2 rebounds. Brandon Slater is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Longino is dishing 0 assists. The Villanova Wildcats are shooting 65 percent from beyond the arc and 90.9 percent from the free throw line. The Villanova Wildcats are allowing 40 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30 rebounds per game.
The Temple Owls are averaging 73 points on 38.9 percent shooting and allowing 76 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Damian Dunn is averaging 29 points and 4 rebounds, while Khalif Battle is averaging 16 points and 6 rebounds. Nick Jourdain is the third double-digit scorer and Jamille Reynolds is grabbing 2 rebounds. The Temple Owls are shooting 25 percent from beyond the arc and 86.7 percent from the free throw line. The Temple Owls are allowing 28 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31 rebounds per game.
The Wildcats are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 Friday games. The Owls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games. The over is 4-0 in Wildcats last 4 road games. The under is 14-6-1 in Owls last 21 overall. The favorite is 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings.
The Temple Owls losing their season opener at home to Wagner doesn’t give you the warm and fuzzy feeling for this contest. The Villanova Wildcats are the obvious better side. However, this is a rivalry game where you can often throw the numbers out the window and if Temple can’t get up for this and put together a better effort, something is wrong. Villanova isn’t as talented as it’s been in past years. I’ll lean Temple and the points.