The Temple Owls will host the Missouri Tigers in an inter-conference tilt Saturday night from the Liacouras Center. The Tigers fell 68-60 to Charleston Southern in their previous action, and the Owls registered a 66-53 win against Davidson in their latest contest. The Owls posted a 79-77 road win against the Tigers last season.
Missouri Charged with Third Straight Loss
The Missouri Tigers will look to avoid their fourth straight defeat in this one. They were huge 26 point favorites against Charleston Southern in their latest game on Tuesday and they were stunned by a 68-60 score. They lost to Butler and Oklahoma in the first two games of their current slide due to poor offensive play.
Mark Smith is having an inconsistent season and went 2 for 12 from the field for only nine points in Tuesday’s defeat. The junior guard has come through a few big performances this season, and he is currently logging 12.4 PPG on 39% shooting. Dru Smith has only scored a combined 11 points in his last two games. The junior guard tallied 19 points in the loss to Butler, and he is averaging 11 points on a 43% clip from the field. Jeremiah Tilmon is playing well in the Tigers slide, and overall he is thriving, sporting a 66.7% field goal efficiency for 10.8 PPG.
The Tigers are positioned 65th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and they lost their lone road game in overtime to a ranked Xavier squad. Missouri is scoring an average of 66.8 points, ranking them 281st overall. They are playing solid defense, holding opponents to 59.6 points, good for 25th in DI.
Temple Beats Davidson, Eyes Third Straight Win
The Temple Owls are targeting their third consecutive victory. Overall they are looking good, winning six of their first seven games and their only loss came in a 76-69 decision to #5 Maryland. The Owls defense has been stellar and they have a few big wins to their name which included a victory against USC and they are coming off a 66-53 home win against Davidson.
Quinton Rose will attempt several shots per game and he is producing, compiling an average of 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. The senior guard is only shooting 35.5% from the field on the season. Nate Pierre-Louis has picked up three double-doubles on the season. The junior guard netted 15 points in the win against Davidson earlier this week, and he is averaging 12.7 PPG and 8.9 RPG. Alani Moore II was limited to five points against Davidson. The senior guard has reached double-digits in points in three of seven games and he is third in team scoring with 11.4 PPG.
The Owls are placed 62nd in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and hold a 3-1 home record. Temple is not a high scoring team. They are only averaging 69.3 points, ranking them 248th overall. The Owls defense has been a key to their strong start and they are limiting opponents to 59.4 points, pegging them 22nd in DI.
The Memphis Tigers are:
- 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games against a team with a winning home record.
- 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are: The Temple Owls are:
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.