Belmont vs. Temple - 3/19/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Temple vs. Belmont

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 8:10 PM (University of Dayton Arena)

The Line: Belmont -3.5 -- Over/Under: 155.5

TV: TruTV

The Temple Owls and Belmont Bruins meet Tuesday in the first round of the college basketball NCAA Tournament at the University of Dayton Arena.

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The Temple Owls enter this tournament winning eight of their last 11 games. The Temple Owls are averaging 74.8 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 71.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Shizz Alston Jr. is averaging 19.7 points and five assists while Quinton Rose is averaging 16.5 points and 3.8 rebounds. Nate Pierre-Louis is the third double-digit scorer and Ernest Aflakpui is grabbing seven rebounds. The Temple Owls are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Temple Owls are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.7 rebounds per game. The Temple Owls have split their last eight non-home games.

The Belmont Bruins lost the OVC Championship, but they’ve lost just two games overall since January 5. The Belmont Bruins are averaging 86.9 points on 49.7 percent shooting and allowing 74.7 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Dylan Windler is averaging 21.4 points and 10.7 rebounds while Kevin McClain is averaging 16.3 points and 4.1 assists. Nick Muszynski is the third double-digit scorer and Grayson Murphy is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Belmont Bruins are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Belmont Bruins are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game. The Belmont Bruins have won nine of their last 10 non-home games.

The Owls are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss, 14-6 ATS in their last 20 neutral site games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The Bruins are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 non-conference games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Bruins last 4 non-conference games. The over is 6-2 in Owls last 8 overall. The over is 16-4-1 in Owls last 21 neutral site games. The under is 5-1 in Bruins last 6 neutral site games.

The Temple Owls are a tough defensive minded team that plays physical and defends the three ball well, allowing just 32.7 percent shooting from deep. The Belmont Bruins are arguably the best offensive team in this tournament when you look at the numbers, and they can bury their opponent when those shots are falling at the percentages they shoot on average. Belmont comes into this game shooting 51.4 percent from the field in its last five games and if those numbers keep up even a little bit, Temple simply doesn't have the horses to keep up. The Belmont Bruins are also a team that's used to winning in non-home games and has two senior guards who will be able to keep the rest of the team levelheaded in a pressure filled game. I'll lay the bucket with the Bruins.

Randy’s Pick Belmont -3.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.