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Connecticut vs. Temple - 3/7/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Temple at Connecticut
Date & Time Thursday March 7, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Gampel Pavilion
Storrs, Connecticut
The Line
The Line: Connecticut -1 -- Over/Under: 145
TV Channel
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The Temple Owls and UConn Huskies meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Gampel Pavilion.

The Temple Owls look for another win after winning six of their last eight games. The Temple Owls are averaging 75 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 71.2 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Shizz Alston Jr. is averaging 19.1 points and 5.2 assists while Quinton Rose is averaging 16.6 points and 3.6 rebounds. Nate Pierre-Louis is the third double-digit scorer and Ernest Aflakpui is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Temple Owls are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. The Temple Owls are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.7 rebounds per game. The Temple Owls have split their last six road games.

The UConn Huskies need a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The UConn Huskies are averaging 74.4 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 70.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Jalen Adams is averaging 17 points and three assists while Christian Vital is averaging 13.6 points and 5.8 rebounds. Alterique Gilbert is the third double-digit scorer and Tarin Smith is dishing 2.4 assists. The UConn Huskies are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. The UConn Huskies are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32 rebounds per game. The UConn Huskies have won five of their last seven home games.

The Owls are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 18-6 ATS in their last 24 Thursday games. The Huskies are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 8-0 in Huskies last 8 overall. The over is 4-1 in Owls last 5 overall.

The Temple Owls have been the more consistent team this season and blasted UConn about a month ago. However, the home team has won six of the last nine meetings between Temple and UConn, and while the Huskies have been in full struggle mode, they've been solid at home where they're 12-5 ATS and are winning by an average of 13.1 points on 47.4 percent shooting. UConn has also played some of its best ball over the last week or so, giving itself chances to beat Cincinnati and Wichita State, and beating USF on Sunday. Throw in this being the last home game for five seniors, and I have to side with UConn at home in this toss-up.

Connecticut -1

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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