Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#861 Delaware vs.
#862 Temple
Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Ben the Pen

Delaware faces Temple on Saturday night at 7pmET in a non-conference clash. These two teams are just within about an hour-and-a-half up I-95.

The Blue Hens are coming off an 81-73 loss to Oakland in the Gulf Coast Showcase from Estero, Fla. The Owls broke a three-game losing streak by defeating Elon 75-57 in the Charleston Classic last Sunday.

Success on the road

Delaware has played all over the place this season and that's what you want to do to test your team before conference play. They opened with a 93-71 loss at Davidson, but since then, have played very beating the likes of Siena by 20 on the road, La Salle at home in overtime and then defeating Appalachian State (75-68) and Fordham (81-71) in the Gulf Coast Showcase.

The Blue Hens are a veteran team, but in their loss to Oakland, may have found a new rotation member in 6-6 freshman Gianmarco Arletti, who played just four games last season. Arlettis scored 16 points and grabbed six boards in 21 minutes in the Hens' loss to Oakland. Delaware shot 45% from the field and 32% (9-28) from beyond the arc. They also turned the ball over 15 times and allowed the Golden Grizzlies to shoot 51% from the field.

Delaware is averaging 78 points per game on 49.1% shooting and 33.3% from beyond the arc. They are allowing 76.3 points per game (301st) on 45.2% shooting and 40.1% from beyond the arc. Senior guard Ryan Allen (16.8ppg, 52.4%, 47.4% 3pt) is having an excellent start to his final season. Center Dylan Painter (6-10, 235) is averaging 14.7 points per game and 7.0 rebounds, while GW transfer Jameer Nelson Jr. adds 12 points on 42.9% shooting and 2.0 assists per game.

Owls fly against Elon

In their last game, Temple beat up on one of Delaware's CAA rivals in Elon by 17 on the road in the Charleston Classic on Nov. 19. Junior Khalif Battle led the way with 28 points and eight rebounds, while 6-5 Jeremiah Williams added 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists on 4-of-13 shooting. The Owls won this game on the boards (+18) and this was a game the Owls needed after dropping a 27-point loss to Clemson and a 20-point defeat to Boise State on Nov. 19.

Battle leads Temple with 19.8 points per game on 53.2% shooting (45.7% 3pt). He's the only player averaging in double figures so scoring is not very balanced right now. They need Damian Dunn (13.5ppg last year) to improve his 31% shooting from the field and 25% from long range. He's averaging 9.8 points and 4.2 rebounds this season.

The Owls are averaging just 65.6 points per game (291st) on 41.2% shooting and 32.3% three-point shooting. They allow 68 points per game on 44.1% shooting and 38.5% from 3-point range.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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Temple is just not very good. They have one productive offensive player in Battle. Delaware has a plethora of good players in Ryan Allen, Kevin Anderson and Jameer Nelson Jr., who have good all been around for years. They all can shoot and have solid experience, while the Owls are allowing teams to shoot 38.5% from the three-point line. That's pretty horrible. Take the Hens to cover and probably win outright.

Prediction: Delaware +4.5

Full-Game Total Pick

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All of Delaware's games have gone over this season. All six. So defensively, they have some issues, but so does Temple. It's funny that they've gone over and under in seven straight games. They went under in their last game against Elon and now it's their turn to go over. In terms of pace, neither team is the 80's Lakers, but their lack of defense, especially against the 3-point shot will allow this game to go over.

Prediction: Over 141.5

Written By Ben Hayes , "Ben the Pen"

Ben has been a sports writer for over 35 years, dabbling in college and pro basketball, college and pro football, baseball, college lacrosse, minor league baseball and even college gymnastics. He's also been involved in the gaming industry for nearly 30 years and has been looking to beat the books since he was 13! Ben has had great success in handicapping college football, the NFL, college basketball, the NBA and MLB for 27+ years. His Twitter handle is @BenHayesWAW