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Temple vs Memphis Prediction Basketball Picks 2-8-24

Memphis Tigers (16-6) vs. Temple Owls (8-14)
February 8, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Temple Owls +6.5; Over/Under: 150
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The Memphis Tigers and the Temple Owls meet Thursday in college basketball action from Liacouras Center. Memphis is currently 16-6 overall following a win over Wichita State on Saturday. As for Temple, they’re coming off a loss to Tulane that dropped the Owls to 8-14 on the year. Let’s get into our Memphis vs. Temple prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.

Memphis Tigers

The Tigers got off to a great start this year, going 15-2 over their first 17 games. The only losses in that time came courtesy of Villanova and Ole Miss in late November/early December. Memphis would lose to South Florida, Tulane, UAB and Rice before another win over Wichita State, though. 

In the Wichita State matchup on Saturday, the Tigers were in trouble with a 30-24 deficit at the break. Memphis came back strong with a 41-33 second half in a 65-63 victory, however. Tops in scoring was David Jones with his 26 points, six rebounds and three assists.

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Temple Owls

Over on the Temple side, they hit a 6-3 run in their first nine games. The Owls have lost to VCU, Nevada, Old Dominion, South Florida, East Carolina, North Texas, SMU, Rice, South Florida again, East Carolina again and Tulane in a rough 2-11 run across their last 13 games.

Matched up against Tulane on Sunday, the Owls came out of the break with a 34-29 deficit. Temple rallied to force overtime, but got outscored 16-4 from there in a 92-80 defeat. Jordan Riley led the team in the losing effort with 23 points and six rebounds while Jahlil White doubled on 21 points and 15 boards.

Temple Owls Team Facts

  • Temple has lost each of its last seven games.
  • Each of Temple’s last eight home games against Conference opponents have produced a total of 146 or fewer points.
  • Temple has lost the first half in six of its last seven games against the American Athletic Conference.

Memphis Tigers Team Facts

  • Memphis has won each of its last seven night games following a home win.
  • Each of Memphis’ last seven road games have produced a total of 153+ points.
  • Memphis has won the first half in each of its last four games against Temple.


I’ll take a stab on Temple here. The Owls are having a pretty rough time these days and they’re coming off a rough shooting performance (37 percent) in another loss to Tulane over the weekend. That said, Temple has been competitive in the last four games with two losses by six points or fewer and two overtime finishes.

As for Memphis, they haven’t quite been themselves lately and just barely squeaked by Wichita State in their last outing. The Tigers should still have total control in Thursday’s matchup, but if Temple plays well I think they can power out a cover at home.

Andrew's Free Pick: Temple Owls +6.5

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Andrew has been writing about college, professional and fantasy sports betting since 2013. Andrew's goal is to break down the complicated numbers and trends into a language that's easily accessible to novice sports bettors and seasoned professionals alike.

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