Cincinnati Bearcats vs Temple Owls Prediction, 2/4/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cincinnati Bearcats vs Temple Owls
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021
Location: Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Cincinnati (-3)
The Cincinnati Bearcats (3-7) head to Liacouras Center on Thursday where they'll take on the Temple Owls (4-5). The line on this matchup has Cincinnati as 3-point favorites. The total has been set at 140.
Cincinnati comes into this one with a record of 3-7 this season. They turn it over 15.0 times per contest and as a team they are committing 20.7 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Cincinnati is pulling in 35.8 boards per contest and has accounted for 152 dimes so far this season, which is 277th in college basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Bearcats are hitting 28.2% on shots from downtown (60 of 213) and 67.2% from the free throw line. They average 69.7 points per game (226th in college basketball) while going 43.1% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Bearcats are able to force 13.5 turnovers every game while drawing 18.0 personal fouls. The Bearcats defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 45.4% (251 of 553) and they relinquish 33.4 boards per contest as a group. They rank 47th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 138 relinquished on the campaign. They are surrendering 30.8% from 3-point land while they are 233rd in the country in PPG from their opponents (72.3).
The Cincinnati Bearcats faced the Wichita State Shockers and took a loss by a score of 82-76 in their last game. Cincinnati wrapped up the game having earned a 42.9% field goal percentage (27 of 63) and made 6 out of their 21 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Bearcats knocked down 16 of 23 attempts for a rate of 69.6%. In relation to grabbing rebounds, they earned 34 with 11 of them being offensive. They also recorded 15 dimes for the game while earning 6 steals and 2 blocks. In regard to defending, Cincinnati allowed 42.9% from the floor on 27 out of 63 shooting. Wichita State doled out 14 assists and had 9 steals in this contest. In addition, the Shockers grabbed 37 rebounds (13 offensive, 24 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Wichita State ended up going 67.6% at the charity stripe by converting 23 of 34 shots. They also made 3 out of their 12 tries from beyond the arc.
Keith Williams is someone who was a factor in this contest. He notched 14 points on 4 of 10 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 25 mins and also totaled 4 boards. Williams went 40.0% from the floor and also totaled 3 assists. An additional guy that played a role in this matchup for the Bearcats was David Dejulius. He grabbed 6 boards and also earned 7 assists. He finished shooting 36.4% from the floor for the matchup by shooting 4-of-11 (12 points). When the final whistle blew, Dejulius saw the court for 33 minutes.
Temple has a record of 4-5 for the season. The Owls are responsible for committing 16.9 fouls per contest and they shoot 67.0% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 13.7 times per game (154th in D-1) and they lose possession via turnover 13.2 times per contest. Temple has totaled 579 points on the year (64.3 per game) and they average 36.8 boards per contest. In terms of offensive execution, the Owls are hitting on 39.1% from the floor, which is 340th in D-1. The Owls on defense are ranked 154th in the nation in points per game surrendered with 69.1. They are forcing 11.2 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 41.9% from the field (123rd in college basketball). The Temple defense concedes 35.8% on 3-point attempts (72 of 201) and their opponents are converting on 72.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They have surrendered 14.1 dimes and 37.6 boards per game, which ranks 257th and 283rd in the country.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Temple Owls took a loss by a score of 81-64 against the Tulane Green Wave. The Owls recorded 21 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards for a total of 27 in the game. They also blocked 2 shots while getting 6 steals for the matchup. The Green Wave earned 14 fouls in the matchup which took the Owls to the charity stripe for a total of 19 shots. They were able to knock down 12 of those for a clip of 63.2%. Concerning shooting from downtown, Temple knocked down 6 out of their 27 attempts (22.2%). When all was said and done, the Owls finished shooting 23 out of 58 from the floor which had them shooting 39.7%. The Owls permitted the Green Wave to convert 29 of 58 attempts from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 50.0% for the game. They went 33.3% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 8 of 24 and walked away from this one shooting 15 of 18 from the charity stripe (83.3%). In relation to cleaning up the glass, Temple permitted Tulane to collect 39 in total (7 on the offensive side).
Damian Dunn ended up having an impact for the Owls for this game. He buried 4 out of 10 for the game giving him a field goal percentage of 40.0%, which had him sitting at 15 points. Dunn grabbed 4 boards in his 32 minutes and added 4 assists in this matchup. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Temple was Jake Forrester. He racked up 15 points in 24 minutes played by going 6 of 10 from the floor in the matchup. Forrester finished going 60.0% from the floor while earning 2 assists and 9 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cincinnati (-3)
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