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SMU vs Temple Basketball Picks 3-14-24

Temple Owls (13-19) vs. SMU Mustangs (20-11)
March 14, 2024 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: SMU Mustangs -11.5; Over/Under: +141.5
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In this article we will formulate a Temple vs SMU betting prediction for this college basketball game on Thursday, March 14th at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

  • The Temple recent form and recent player performance 
  • The SMU recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Temple
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving SMU
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Temple and SMU
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Temple and SMU

Temple Preview

The Temple Owls are 13-19 (5-13) this year after they defeated UTSA by a score of 64-61 in their last game. Temple led 35-21 at halftime and they were able to get the win, despite being out scored 40-29 in the second half. The Owls shot 36.1% from the field and were -5 in rebounding margin in the game. Temple defeated UTSA on the road by a score of 84-82 in the game prior to this win, but lost to UAB and Tulsa before that. The Owls are scoring 71.3 points per game with 36.5 rebounds per game and 11 assists per game, while allowing 73.9 points against per game this year. Hysier Miller is averaging 15.4 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, and 3.9 assists per game. Temple is shooting 39.3% from the field, 71.7% on free throws, and 31.2% on three pointers this season. 

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SMU Preview

The SMU Mustangs are 20-11 (11-7) this season after they lost to UAB by a score of 74-70 in their last game. SMU trailed 33-29 at the half and came up just short in the second half for the loss. The Mustangs shot 40.9% from the field and were -1 in rebounding margin in the game. SMU defeated ECU by a score of 80-77 in the game prior to UAB, but did lose the previous three games. The Mustangs are scoring 76.9 points per game with 40.2 rebounds per game and 15.8 assists per game, while giving up 67.6 points against per game this season. Zhuric Phelps is averaging 14.8 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, and 2.7 assists per game. SMU is shooting 44.8% from the field, 68.4% on free throws, and 34% on three pointers this year. 

Temple vs SMU Betting Prediction

Temple comes into this game after a very bad regular season, but they were able to win their first game in the tournament and will try to keep the season alive here. The Owls are only shooting 39% from the field and they have allowed 82 and 100 points in their last two games. SMU started conference play very well, but they didn’t finish the season strong and ended up tied for fifth. SMU won the only regular season meeting with Temple by a score of 77-64, but I think we are going to see a closer game here. SMU has really struggled down the stretch and they have some losses to bad teams. Take the points with the Owls. 

David Racey's Free Pick: Temple +11.5

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David Racey

David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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