Tulsa at Temple
|Date & Time||Saturday February 23, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)|
Temple Owls -7 -- O/U: 145
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the Temple Owls meet in AAC college basketball action from the Liacouras Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will look to rebound after having their 3-game winning streak snapped after an 81-60 loss to Wichita State in their last outing. Martins Igbanu led the Golden Hurricane with 17 points on 7 of 8 shooting with 6 rebounds while DaQuan Jeffries added 10 points with team-highs of 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks. Jeffries leads Tulsa with an average of 13.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while Sterling Taplin leads the Golden Hurricane in assists with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Tulsa is averaging 71.6 points per game on 45.1% shooting from the field, 34.5% from behind the 3-point line and 68.5% from the foul line this season.
The Temple Owls will look to build on back-to-back wins and victories in 4 of their last 5 games following a 70-69 overtime win over USF last time out. Shizz Alston Jr. led the Owls with 24 points on 9 of 20 shooting along with 7 rebounds and a team-high 6 assists with a pair of steals while Nate Pierre-Louis chipped in 14 points with 4 steals as the only other Temple player to score in double figures in the winning effort. J.P. Moorman II added a team-high 8 rebounds while Quinton Rose had 8 points and 3 steals in the win. Alston Jr. leads Temple with an average of 18.7 points and 5 assists per game while Ernest Aflakpui leads Temple with 7.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Temple is averaging 74.6 points per game on 43.7% shooting from the field, 33.3% from behind the 3-point line and 72.6% from the foul line this season.
Tulsa is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games following a double-digit loss at home while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. Temple is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 conference games while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 home games. Tulsa is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Tulsa getting points like these is tempting considering how much success the Golden Hurricane have had in this matchup. However, Tulsa’s loss to Wichita State definitely dealt my confidence a major blow and now the Golden Hurricane go on the road, a place where they have played their best basketball as of late. Temple had a close call against USF but the Owls have been solid at home, winning 3 of their last 4 games by at least 8 points so with that said, I’ll lay the points with Temple in this one.