Connecticut vs Temple Predictions, College Basketball Picks, Odds 2/20/2020
Game: Connecticut Huskies vs Temple Owls
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Location: Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA
TV: ESPN, ESPN2
Odds/Point Spread: Temple +1.5
The Connecticut Huskies travel to Liacouras Center to play the Temple Owls on Thursday, February 20, 2020. The opening line for this matchup has Connecticut as 1.5 point favorites.
Connecticut comes into this game with an overall record of 14-11. They currently have a point differential of 5.2 as they are averaging 70.8 points per game while giving up 65.6 per contest. Temple has an overall record of 13-12. They are averaging 68.8 points per game and surrendering 67.5, good for a point differential of 1.3.
Valuable Connecticut Huskies Betting Trends
The Connecticut Huskies are 16-9-0 against the spread
The Connecticut Huskies are 11-14-0 against the over/under
Important Temple Owls Betting Trends
The Temple Owls are 11-14-0 against the spread
The Temple Owls are 9-16-0 against the over/under
Key Connecticut Huskies Injuries
02/16/20 F Akok Akok Achilles is out for season
01/12/20 F Tyler Polley ACL is out for season
Key Temple Owls Injuries
02/19/20 F Arashma Parks Shoulder is questionable Thursday vs Connecticut
01/08/20 G Damian Dunn Foot is out indefinitely
Christian Vital comes into this contest averaging 14.5 points per game while playing 31.1 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 6.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 39% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 91%. James Bouknight averages 12.2 points per game in 24.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.1 assists per contest and 3.5 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%.
Quinton Rose averages 16.4 points per game while playing 32.8 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 4.9 rebounds per game and has 3.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 39% and his free throw percentage is at 79%. Nate Pierre-Louis averages 11.4 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 8.2 rebounds per contest and 3.0 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is 66%.
Useful Team Statistics
Connecticut averages 70.8 points per contest this season, which ranks them 194th in the NCAA. Their average scoring margin is 5.2 and their shooting percentage is 41% as a team, which has them ranked 302nd. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 207th in the nation. They average 38.2 rebounds per game and 12.8 assists per game, which ranks them 61st and 211th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 80th with 14.2 per game. The Huskies allow 65.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 76th in the country. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc, ranking them 75th and 204th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 35.8 rebounds a game which ranks 219th and they give up 11.9 assists per contest, which puts them in 124th place in Division 1. They force 15.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 311th in D-1.
Useful Team Statistics
Temple is 244th in the country with 68.8 points per game this year. They are 312th in Division 1 in shooting at 41%, while their average scoring margin is 1.3. They shoot 32% from 3-point range, which is good for 244th in the nation. They are 83rd in the NCAA in rebounding with 37.6 boards per game, and 109th in assists per contest with 14.0. The Owls are 217th in turnovers per game with 12.8. The Owls surrender 67.5 points per contest, which ranks them 129th in D-1. Their defense allows a 40% shooting percentage and a 31% average from 3-point range, ranking them 35th and 79th in those defensive statistics. They rank 232nd with 13.4 assists allowed per contest and 309th with 38.1 rebounds surrendered per game. The Owls are 182nd in country in forcing turnovers with 13.5 per game.
The Huskies are 211th in the nation in offensive rating with 100.1. In terms of pace they are 233rd in the country with 68.6 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 47% is 303rd. As a team they are 292nd in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 51% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shots, ranking 218th in Division 1. Connecticut is 146th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 17 times per 100 possessions.
Temple is 240th in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.7 times per 100 possessions. The Owls have an offensive rating of 96.4, which is ranked 290th. They are 99th in D-1 in pace with 71 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 47% is 313th. As a unit they are 316th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 50% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 240th in the country.
Who will win tonight's Connecticut/Temple college basketball game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Temple +1.5
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