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#679 Missouri 126 vs.
#680 Temple -3.5
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:30pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino

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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.

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I expect a convincing home win from Temple in this one. Missouri is struggling right now, losing three consecutive games which included a 68-60 upset loss to Charleston Southern in their previous clash in a tilt that had Missouri favored by 26 points. The Tigers are not generating significant offense and this particular matchup is not a good matchup for them. Temple is playing stifling defense. They have limited their last two opponents in Texas A&M and Davidson to only 42 and 53 points respectively.

Furthermore, Temple’s only loss this season was against an outstanding Maryland team. They defeated USC on the road and their defense is regularly shutting down opponents.

Prediction: Temple Owls

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This contest has the makings of a defensive battle. Temple’s defense has been among the best in all of DI. They are limiting opponents to 35% shooting from the field and I expect their excellence to resume against a slumping Missouri team, plus the under is 7-1 in the Tigers' last eight games overall. 

In addition, Temple is not a high scoring team themselves. They are shooting a poor 39% as a team and one area Missouri has thrived is in the defensive end. The Tigers are holding opponents to 38% shooting. The under has been a very common theme for the Owls as it has cashed in six of their seven games on the season.

Prediction: Under

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The Owls should resume their remarkable defensive play and the under on the Missouri team total is another good play. Missouri only has one starter shooting above 44% on the season. They have been held to 60 or fewer points in two out of their last three games and I don’t see that changing against the Owls. Missouri has also been awful from beyond the arc and Temple has silenced teams from deep as well. Opponents are only shooting 28.3% from three-point range against the Owls.

Prediction: Missouri Team Total Under

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I expect Temple to have a solid lead at the half. The Owls feature great first-half numbers. They are averaging a decent 33 points which is solid considering they are holding opponents to an average of 27.1 points in the opening half. Moreover, the Tigers have only averaged 27.7 points in the first half in their last three games.

Prediction: Temple
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.