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Where: FedExForum, Memphis, TN
When: Friday, March 15, 9:00 PM. ET.
The Temple Owls will be going for their fourth consecutive win when they take on the Wichita State Shockers in the quarterfinals of the AAC tournament on Friday night.
Shockers Going For Sixth Consecutive Win
The Shockers got off to a slow start this season but were able to turn things around in the second half and finished sixth in the AAC, six games behind Houston. They have played well in this tournament and will be going for their sixth win in a row when they face the Owls on Friday.
Markis McDuffie had 15 points as coach Gregg Marshall guided @GoShockersMBB to a first round victory at the @AirForceReserve #AmericanHoops Championship with a victory over ECU. The @American_DN's @Halioughton caught up with the pair to discuss the win. pic.twitter.com/QkJYx8zbxA
— American MBB (@American_MBB) March 15, 2019
Wichita State is average offensively, scoring 70.6 points per game. The team is shooting 40 percent from the field and 31 percent from three-point range.
Markis McDuffie leads the way for the Shockers with 17.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Samajae Haynes-Jones is averaging 12.2 points and 2.7 assists per game, while Jaime Echenique is averaging 8.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
The Shockers have done well defensively, holding opponents to 69.5 points per game. They gave up 57 points in their last game and will need to keep playing well on defense if they want to beat the Owls on Friday.
Owls Going For Seventh Win In Eight Games
The Owls played well this season and finished third in the AAC, three games behind the Cougars. They have played well over the last two weeks and have won three straight games and six games in their last seven contests. They will try to pick up their fourth win in a row and seventh win in their last eight games when they play the Shockers on Friday.
— Temple University (@TempleUniv) March 14, 2019
Temple won the only regular-season meeting between the two teams 85-81, but they will try to make things easier on themselves by playing better defense this time around. The team is averaging 74.9 points per game on 44 percent shooting from the field and 33 percent from three-point range.
Shizz Alston Jr. leads the way for the Owls with 19.7 points and 5.1 assists per game. Quinton Rose is averaging 16.5 points and 3.7 rebounds per game, while Nate Pierre-Louis is averaging 13.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
The Owls are an average defensive team, giving up 70.9 points per game. They held their last three opponents to 67.3 points per game and will need to keep playing well to get past the streaking Shockers on Friday night.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- 14-5 ATS in their last 19 neutral site games.
Wichita State is:
- 11-23-1 ATS in their last 35 neutral site games.
- 2-10 ATS in their last 12 Friday games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Owls have played well against the spread, winning four of their last five games following a straight up win and four of their last five games against teams with winning records. The Shockers have struggled against the spread, losing 23 of their last 35 neutral site games and 10 of their last 12 Friday games.
Prediction: Temple Owls
Full-Game Total Pick
The Shockers have played over the total in their last five games against teams with winning records and in three of their last five games following an ATS win. The Owls have played over the total in their last five games against teams with winning records and in 15 of their last 21 neutral site games.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Shockers will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Owls in the first half of their last three games. The two team even out offensively with the Shockers averaging 37.3 points per game and the Owls averaging 37.7 points per game. The Shockers have the edge on defense where they are holding opponents to 26 points per game while the Owls are giving up 31.3 points per game.
Prediction: Wichita State Shockers
Half-Time Total Bet
The Owls and Shockers are averaging 75 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and they will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.