Tulsa Golden Hurricane (8-7 SU, 9-5 ATS, 6-8 O/U) at Temple Owls (10-8 SU, 9-6-1 ATS, 11-5 O/U)
When and Where: Saturday, Jan. 14, Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pa., 4pmET
Line: Temple -5.5
Both teams have had difficult starts. Tulsa is 2-1 in the AAC, while Temple is a disappointing 1-4. Tulsa upset Memphis at home in their last game, 81-71 on Wednesday. The Owls fell at UConn, 73-59 on Jan.11. Last season, these team split the season series with both teams winning on its home court.
Etou and Free Throws the difference against Memphis
Junior Etou set career highs with 23 points on 6-of-13 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Tulsa over Memphis at home on Wednesday. Sterling Taplin chipped in with 17 points and six assists. The Golden Hurricane made 25 of 30 free throws (83.3%), while Memphis mad just 56.5 percent (13-23) of their free throw attempts. Taplin has been really struggling for Tulsa, averaging 8.4 points this season. He came into the Memphis game, shooting just 6-of-24 in his previous three games. Etou, who averages 12 points per game, has had his own shooting struggles.
Tulsa averages 68.4 points per game and shoots 43 percent from the field (33.6% 3pt). They allow 68.4 points per game and 42.2 percent from the field (33.4% 3pt).
Shooting woes continue for Owls
Temple scored just 59 points against Connecticut and have now scored 65 or less points in four of their last five games (all losses). Shizz Alston Jr. led the Owls with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Obi Enechionyia struggled with just seven points on 3-of-17 from the field and 1-of-10 from beyond the arc. He’s averaging 14.2 points and 6.7 rebounds but the junior forward is now 19-of-70 in his last six games. A bright spot was the play of senior Mark Williams, who scored 10 points off the bench. He now has scored in double figures in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.
Temple is averaging 70.8 points per game and shooting just 41 percent from the field. They are allowing 71.1 points per game and 42.2 percent from the field (35.3% 3pt).
College Basketball Trends:
- 5-1 ATS last 6 after an ATS win.
- 7-2 ATS last 9 overall.
- 1-4-1 ATS last 6 vs. AAC.
Tough to go with Temple right now as a favorite the way they are shooting. Tulsa shouldn’t have much of a letdown for a nice home win over Memphis. They are barely above .500 on the season. That win could spark them for the season.