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UCF vs. Temple - 1/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Temple Owls (10-2) at Central Florida Knights (10-2)
Date & Time Wednesday January 2, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Central Florida Knights -6.5 -- Over/Under: 135
TV Channel
ESPNN
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NCAA BB | Temple Owls (10-2) at Central Florida Knights (10-2)
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The Temple Owls and the UCF Knights meet in AAC conference college basketball action from CFE Arena on Wednesday night.

The Temple Owls will look to build on their current 3-game winning streak after an 82-64 win over Drexel in their last outing. Shizz Alston Jr. led the way with 25 points on 8 of 16 shooting with 5 threes and 3 steals while Nate Pierre-Louis added 22 points on 9 of 11 shooting with 9 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists and Quinton Rose added 14 points. Ernest Aflakpui added 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds for the double-double to round out the foursome of double-digit scorers for Temple in the winning effort. Alston Jr. leads Temple with an average of 19.3 points and 5.4 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 73.8 points per game on 44.1% shooting from the field, 29.7% from behind the 3-point line and 72.1% from the foul line this season.

The UCF Knights will look to build on their current 4-game winning streak after a 77-56 win over Illinois State in their last outing. Aubrey Dawkins led the Knights with 18 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 5 threes while B.J. Taylor added 15 points and a team-high 5 assists. Collin Smith chipped in 12 points and Tacko Fall added 11 points on a perfect 5 of 5 from the floor along with 12 rebounds for the double-double to finish off the foursome of double-digit scorers for UCF in the win. Taylor leads UCF in scoring with 17.5 points per game while Fall leads the Knights in rebounding with 6.9 rebounds per game and Terrell Allen leads the Knights in assists with 4.7 assists per game this season. As a team, UCF is averaging 76.3 points per game on 47.8% shooting from the field, 37.1% from behind the arc and 63.3% from the foul line this season.

Temple is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. UCF is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 10-4 in their last 14 conference games. Temple is 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

Both of these teams come into this game in solid form so the points could be worth a look here. However, UCF is a solid team at home and have gotten the upper hand over the Owls in recent years and have won the last two meetings at Central Florida by a combined 45 points, so I’ll lay the points with the Knights here.

Pick:
UCF -6.5

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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