South Florida Bulls (6-15 SU, 7-11-0 ATS, 11-7-0 OU) vs Temple Owls (12-11 SU, 11-8-2 ATS, 15-6-0 OU)
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, February 5, 2017
Where: Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Lines: Temple -16
Atlantic Athletic Conference hoops action on Sunday afternoon and the South Florida Bulls will grapple with the Temple Owls at Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Bulls have really struggled this year and they have lost their last 10 games in a row, which were all in the conference, while the Owls have started out league play at 3-7, but they are off a 79-71 road win over Tulane. The Owls have won the last six games in this series.
Bulls Bitten By Tigers, Skid Now At 10 In A Row
The South Florida Bulls were 6-5 at one point this year, but then league play started and they have lost all 10 of those games so far. On the road in league play, they have gone 0-5 and have been outscored by 19.8 ppg in those games. This is a very bad team right now. In their last game, they fell at home to Memphis by a score of 85-75. Their offense has been a real struggle for them all year, but they did shoot 51.9% from field overall and the 75 that they scored was eight points better than any other game during their losing streak. They were led in the game by Malik Fitts, who had 28 points, while Tulio Da Silva and Michael Bibby each had 13 to round out their double-digit scorers in the game. The defense has not been great for them this year and it struggled in this game as they allowed the Tigers to hit 46.7% of their shots overall, including 45% from long range.
South Florida has averaged 62.0 ppg and have allowed 75.8 ppg in true road games this year, while in league play they have put up 61.2 ppg and have allowed 78.3 ppg. The Bulls enter this contest ranked 323rd in the nation in scoring, putting up 65.8 ppg, while also ranking 243rd in FG% (43.1%), 138th in 3-point shooting (36.0%) and 325th in free throw shooting (64.1%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been solid as they come in ranked 224th in points allowed, giving up 73.6 ppg, while also ranking 77th in defensive FG% (41.5%) and 292nd in 3-point defense (37.3%).
Rose Leads Owls To Road Win Over Green Wave
The Temple Owls have not had a good year in the AAC so far as they are just 3-7 in league, but they may be starting to turn things around as they have won two of their last three games, including taking a 79-71 decision from Tulane on the road. Their offense has not been great this year, but they shot 50.9% from the field and hit 16 of their 21 free throws in the game. They were led in the game by Quinton Rose, who had 18 points, while Shizz Alston Jr. had 15 and Obi Enechionyia and Mark Williams each had 13 to round out their double-digit scorers in the game. The Owls have struggled overall on the road, but here at home they are 7-4 on the year. The defense for Temple played really well in the game as they allowed the Green Wave to hit just 43.5% of their shots overall and just 22.7% of their shots from long range.
The Owls come in having averaged 67.2 ppg and have allowed 71.4 ppg in conference play so far, while here at home overall they have averaged 72.5 ppg and have allowed 67.1 ppg. Temple enters this game ranked 241st in the nation in scoring, putting up just 71.3 ppg, while also ranking 284th in FG% (42.3%), 184th in 3-point shooting (35.1%) and 100th in free throw shooting (72.3%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been very average as they come in ranked 168th in points allowed, giving up 71.6 ppg, while also ranking 154th in defensive FG% (43.0%) and 177th in 3-point defense (34.6%).
South Florida is:
- 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 games following an ATS win
- 1-4 ATS in their last five vs. the American Athletic Conference
- 5-1 ATS in their last six home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- 5-1 ATS in their last six home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
The South Florida Bulls are a bad team, but the Owls have not been that good in league play right now. Still, Temple has won two of their last three games and the Bulls have been outscored by 19.8 ppg on the road in league play. Temple has a chance to really blow this team out and that will help their confidence continue to grow. The Bulls just don’t have the offense or the defense to hang in this game. Lay the lumber with the Owls in this one.