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Temple vs UTSA Basketball Picks 2-18-24

UTSA Roadrunners (8-17) vs. Temple Owls (8-17)
February 18, 2024 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Temple Owls -6; Over/Under: +156
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The UTSA Roadrunners and the Temple Owls meet in college basketball action from the Liacouras Center on Sunday afternoon. Who comes out ahead in this AAC showdown? Let’s dive in and find out with our UTSA vs. Temple Prediction.

UTSA Team Preview

The UTSA Roadrunners come into this one looking to snap a five-game losing streak after a 79-70 loss to Charlotte last time out. Jordan Ivy-Curry has 16.7 PPG with 5.3 RPG and 3.4 APG in 15 games while Christian Tucker has 12 PPG with a team-high 5.2 APG and 3 RPG, rounding out the pair of double-digit scorers for UTSA up to this point in the year. Carlton Linguard Jr. has 9.8 PPG with a team-high 5.9 RPG to lead the Roadrunners on the glass while Adante’ Holiman and Dre Fuller Jr. each have 9+ PPG as well this season. As a team, UTSA is averaging 78.9 PPG on 41.4% shooting from the field, 33.7% from three and 71.4% from the foul line this season.

Temple Team Preview

The Temple Owls come into this one looking to snap a ten-game losing streak after an 80-68 loss to FAU last time out. Hysier Miller leads the Owls in scoring and assists with 15.4 PPG and 4.1 APG while Jahlil White has 12 PPG with 6.8 RPG in 17 games so far this season and Jordan Riley has 12.5 PPG with a team-high 6 RPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Temple so far this season. As a team, Temple is averaging 70.7 PPG on 38.4% shooting from the field, 29.7% from three-point range and 73.3% from the foul line this season.

UTSA vs. Temple Prediction

I’m on UTSA here. I get a team being favored because they’re at home, but Temple’s offense is terrible and there’s no reason that they should be laying points against anyone. UTSA is far from a world-beater, but they’re the better offense in this matchup and Temple’s advantage on the defensive end isn’t enough to make up for their lack thereof on offense. Give me UTSA and the points.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: UTSA +6

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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