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Temple vs. Penn - 1/19/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Penn at Temple
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)
Liacouras Center
Philadelphia, PA
The Line
Temple Owls -9 -- Over/Under: 140.5
TV Channel
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The Penn Quakers and the Temple Owls meet in a non-conference college basketball matchup from Liacouras Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Penn Quakers will be out to snap a 4-game losing streak after 62-53 loss to Princeton in their last outing. AJ Brodeur led the Quakers with 16 points along with a game-high 12 rebounds with a pair of steals and 5 blocks for the double-double while Antonio Woods added 12 points as the only other Quaker to score in double figures as well in the losing effort. Devon Goodman added 4 points with 6 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists as well in the defeat. Brodeur leads Penn with an average of 14.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Penn is averaging 74.3 points per game on 45.8% shooting from the field, 36.5% from 3-point range and 62.2% from the foul line this season.

The Temple Owls will look to build on their current 4-game winning streak after an 85-74 win over East Carolina in their last outing. Shizz Alston Jr. led the Owls with 23 points on 8 of 13 shooting with 7 threes, 4 assists and 3 steals while Quinton Rose added 19 points with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and a pair of steals. Nate Pierre-Louis added 16 points on 6 of 12 shooting with 5 rebounds, 4 assists and a pair of steals while Ernest Aflakpui contributed 12 points to match his game-high 12 rebounds for the double-double to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Temple in the winning effort. Alston Jr. leads Temple with an average of 19.2 points and 5.3 assists per game while Aflakpui leads the Owls on the glass with 7.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Temple is averaging 75.5 points per game on 44.6% shooting from the field, 32.7% from 3-point range and 73.8% from the foul line this season.

Penn is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 8-0 in their last 8 road games. Temple is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 home games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. Penn is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams and 8-0 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams at Temple.

Temple has been solid this season and look like they’re going all out in head coach Fran Dunphy’s final season at the helm of the Owls’ bench. However, Temple hasn’t been the best home team in terms of covering this season, as the Owls have covered just once in their 7 lined home games and are outscoring opponents by 7.1 points per game at home this season. Penn looks like they get up for this game every year and have an extensive history of covering against Temple so I’ll take a shot with the Quakers and the points in this one.

Penn +9

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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