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Wichita State vs. Temple - 01/06/2019 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Temple at Wichita State
Date & Time Sunday January 6, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Charles Koch Arena
Wichita, Kansas
The Line
The Line: Wichita State Shockers -1 -- Over/Under: 140
TV Channel
ESPNEWS
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The Temple Owls and Wichita State Shockers meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Charles Koch Arena.

The Temple Owls look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Temple Owls are averaging 73.8 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 68.5 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Shizz Alston Jr. is averaging 19.2 points and 5.2 assists while Quinton Rose is averaging 16.4 points and 3.1 rebounds. Nate Pierre-Louis is the third double-digit scorer and De'Vondre Perry is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Temple Owls are shooting 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Temple Owls are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.3 rebounds per game. The Temple Owls have won three of their last five road games.

The Wichita State Shockers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last six games. The Wichita State Shockers are averaging 70.4 points on 40.8 percent shooting and allowing 70.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Markis McDuffie is averaging 18.8 points and 5.1 rebounds while Samajae Haynes-Jones is averaging 12.3 points and 3.3 assists. Erik Stevenson is dishing 2.2 assists and Jaime Echenique is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Wichita State Shockers are shooting 30.9 percent from beyond the arc and 66.5 percent from the free throw line. The Wichita State Shockers are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game. The Wichita State Shockers have won their last five home games.

The Owls are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. American Athletic Conference and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Shockers are 21-5-1 ATS in their last 27 Sunday games, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Owls are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Shockers last 8 overall. The under is 13-5 in Owls last 18 road games. The under is 4-1 in Shockers last 5 home games.

The Temple Owls have seen all three of their losses come away from home this season and can be limited at times offensively. The Wichita State Shockers aren't the same team they've been in years past, but they're still a well coached team that plays well at home. At home this season, Wichita State is allowing just 64.6 points on 40.8 percent shooting and are outscoring teams by an average of 9.8 points. The home team has also won three of the four meetings between Temple and Wichita State. Give me the home team in this toss-up.

Pick:
Wichita State Shockers -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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