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#629 Temple -1.5 vs.
#630 Penn 140.5
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2:00pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Saturday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the Temple Owls and the Penn Quakers. This game will take place at The Palestra at approximately 2:00 P.M EST.

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Temple Looks To Get Back On Track

The Temple Owls have looked like a slightly above average basketball team so far this season. The Owls have a 10-8 record and they enter this game off a loss to Cincinnati at home by seven points. In that game, Temple's defense was terrible as it gave up 89 points while allowing the opposition to shoot 52.0% from the floor. To make matters worse, Temple enters this game in terrible form as it has lost five of its last six games. Now, the Owls will be looking to get back on track with a road game up next. Luckily, Temple has won five of its first seven road games up to this point so it has played well in hostile environments.

Leading the Owls offensively is senior guard Quinton Rose who has been good this season. He is averaging a team-high 15.1 points per game along with 4.5 rebounds. In addition, he is averaging a team-high 2.0 steals per game so he has been very active on both sides of the ball.

Temple's most underrated player is junior guard Nate Pierre-Louis who has been pretty good this season. He is averaging 11.2 points per game along with a team-high 8.5 rebounds. However, he is shooting just 40.8% from the floor so he has been a bit inefficient offensively.

Temple's most underrated player is junior guard Nate Pierre-Louis who has been pretty good this season. He is averaging 11.2 points per game along with a team-high 8.5 rebounds. However, he is shooting just 40.8% from the floor so he has been a bit inefficient offensively.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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Even though Penn is at home for this game, it has been very underwhelming lately having lost each of its last three games so I cannot trust the Quakers in this spot. At the same time, Temple has been solid on the road this season having won five of its first seven road games so I think that the Owls should be poised to get itself another road victory on Saturday. Plus, Temple is the much better defensive team so Penn should struggle scoring enough points in order to cover this spread. Give me the road team as a result.

Prediction: Temple -1

Full-Game Total Pick

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Both of these two teams have been pretty good defensively so I think that this total should be a bit lower. Temple  is only allowing 64.8 points per game while Penn is allowing 74.6 points per game so I think that this game will not be that high-scoring. Plus, Temple ranks 25th in adjusted defensive efficiency according to Kenpom rankings so I think that the Owls should be able to shutdown Penn's offense for all 40 minutes. Penn will struggle to get any momentum going on the offensive end as it will score around 60 points which bodes well for the under.

Prediction: Under 142.5

Half-Time Side Pick

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Penn enters this game in the midst of a three-game losing streak so I can see the Quakers coming out extremely flat over the first 20 minutes of this home game. Temple has also played really well on the road this season so it should be able to handle an inferior opponent pretty well for at least the first half of this game. Plus, Temple is averaging roughly two more rebounds per game so it should be able to bully Penn on the interior early on as it will be able to generate a ton of second-chance points which gives the Owls a great chance at covering this first half spread. Give me the road team.

Prediction: Temple 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.