The USF Bulls will host the Temple Owls in the back end of a home-and-home series in AAC action on Wednesday evening. The Owls continue to struggle and are second-last in the conference as a result.
USF was able to collect an 83-76 road win against this Temple squad in Sunday’s meeting but haven't been able to win games with consistency.
Temple Hit with 10th Conference Loss
The Temple Owls continue to stumble. They have now lost six consecutive games to plummet to 3-10 in conference play on the season. The Owls scoring has been their biggest problem in the majority of their defeats. They have been involved in several close games in conference play which continued in Sunday’s loss to this USF team. Temple has covered the points in six of their 13 conference bouts this season.
Khalif Battle came through with a big 32 point performance in Sunday’s loss. The sophomore guard has now surpassed the 20 point mark in two straight games and has improved his season average to 13.9 PPG. Damian Dunn did not play in Sunday’s loss. The freshman guard has missed the last two games with a knee injury and is listed as questionable for this game. Dunn is averaging a solid 13.8 PPG. Jake Forrester has scored a combined 20 points in his last two clashes. The junior forward has filed an average of 9.7 PPG and 6.1 RPG.
Still working! pic.twitter.com/W5ih8UOICZ— Temple Men's Basketball (@TUMBBHoops) February 21, 2021
The Owls are placed down at 144th in DI in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and have lost three straight road games. Temple is averaging 65.5 points on the year, pegging them 304th in the country. They are conceding an average of 70.1 points, landing them 182nd overall.
USF Eyes Sweep of Temple
The USF Bulls are looking to complete the season series sweep over Temple. They were tabbed two-point favorites in Sunday’s decisive 83-76 win over the Owls to end a three-game losing streak. USF is inconsistent from an offensive standpoint and stands in seventh place in the AAC with a 4-6 record. They have covered the spread in only five of their 10 conference tilts.
David Collins has shot 45% or lower in three straight clashes. The senior guard is consistently producing, sinking 13 or more points in four out of his last five performances, and is averaging 12.6 PPG. Alexis Yetna has earned three double-doubles on the season. The junior forward has lifted his season average to 10.1 PPG along with a team-best 7.7 RPG. Caleb Murphy has tallied eight or fewer points in four out of his last five bouts. The freshman guard owns an average of 9.1 PPG and 3.1 APG.
The Bulls are placed 125th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and have lost three straight home games. USF is scoring an average of 68.4 points, landing them 257th in DI. They are allowing an average of 69.8 points, positioning them 166th overall.
The Temple Owls are:
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games.
The USF Bulls are:
- No Key Trends