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Memphis vs. Temple - 2/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Temple at Memphis
Date & Time Tuesday February 26, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
FedExForum
Memphis, Tennessee
The Line
The Line: Memphis -4 -- Over/Under: 159.5
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The Temple Owls and Memphis Tigers meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the FedExForum.

The Temple Owls look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Temple Owls are averaging 74.9 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 70.9 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Shizz Alston Jr. is averaging 18.9 points and 5.1 assists while Quinton Rose is averaging 16.5 points and 3.6 rebounds. Nate Pierre-Louis is the third double-digit scorer and Ernest Aflakpui is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Temple Owls are shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Temple Owls are allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.4 rebounds per game. The Temple Owls have won four of their last six road games.

The Memphis Tigers need a win here after splitting their last 10 games. The Memphis Tigers are averaging 82.3 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 76.8 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Jeremiah Martin is averaging 19 points and 4.4 assists while Kyvon Davenport is averaging 13.7 points and 7.7 rebounds. Tyler Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Kareem Brewton Jr. is dishing 2.5 assists. The Memphis Tigers are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 70.9 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Tigers are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game. The Memphis Tigers have won nine of their last 10 home games.

The Owls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. American Athletic Conference, 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Tigers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Owls are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Memphis and 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings. The over is 15-7-1 in Tigers last 23 overall. The over is 11-4 in Owls last 15 overall.

Temple beat Memphis in the first meeting this season by nine points and has actually won six of the last eight meetings. And while Temple is playing better basketball in terms of consistent results, Memphis enters this contest shooting 48.2 percent from the field and is winning by an average of 7.8 points in its last five games. Still, I'm going to side with the under in this contest, as this total is too large for teams that have defensive roots and usually play a physical, low-scoring game. The over has been a strong trend for Memphis and Temple overall this season, but five of the last seven games against each other have gone under 150 points. Give me the under. 

Pick:
Under 159.5

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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