Temple Owls vs South Florida Bulls Prediction, 2/24/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Temple Owls vs USF Bulls
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Location: Yuengling Center in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Temple (+4)
Yuengling Center is the venue where and the USF Bulls (8-8) will play the Temple Owls (4-10) on Wednesday. South Florida opens this matchup as 4-point favorites. The O/U opens at 135.
Temple will enter this contest with a mark of 4-10 for the campaign. They are averaging 65.5 pts per contest (305th in Division 1) while going 39.8% from the field. The Owls are shooting 32.8% on 3-point shots (97 of 296) and 71.5% from the free throw line. As a unit, Temple is pulling in 36.1 rebounds per contest and has racked up 183 dimes this season, which is 305th in the country in terms of passing. They are turning it over 13.8 times per contest and as a team are committing 17.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Owls are forcing their opponents into 10.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.5 fouls. They are surrendering 34.6% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 182nd in D-1 in points per game from their opponents (70.1). The Owls are giving up a shooting percentage of 41.7% (344 of 825) and they relinquish 36.4 boards per game as a squad. They are 56th in Division 1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 190 conceded so far this season.
The Temple Owls faced off with the USF Bulls and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 83-76 in their last contest. Temple finished the game having earned a 44.0% field goal percentage (22 out of 50) and made 10 of their 22 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Owls made 22 of their 28 attempts for a percentage of 78.6%. With respect to hauling in rebounds, they earned 29 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 14 assists for the matchup while earning 2 steals and 3 rejections. Regarding defense, Temple allowed the other team to go 44.0% from the floor on 22 of 50 shooting. South Florida dished out 14 dimes and had 7 steals for the matchup. In addition, the Bulls collected 33 rebounds (14 offensive, 19 defensive) and had 3 rejections. South Florida went 69.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 20 of 29 attempts. They converted 9 out of their 23 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Khalif Battle is someone who was a major factor in this matchup. He was able to score 32 points on 9 of 22 shooting. He played 38 mins and also grabbed 10 boards. Battle finished the contest at 40.9% from the floor and earned 5 assists. Someone else that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Owls was Jake Forrester. He pulled down 3 rebounds and also accounted for 2 assists. He shot 50.0% from the field for the contest by shooting 2-of-4 (10 points). In all, Forrester saw the court for 25 minutes.
South Florida has a mark of 8-8 on the year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Bulls are hitting on 41.7% from the floor, which has them ranked 297th in the nation. South Florida has accounted for 1,095 pts on the season (68.4 per contest) and they pull in 38.1 boards per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 11.8 times per contest (291st in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 14.0 times per game. The Bulls are responsible for committing 18.0 fouls per contest and they connect on 64.0% from the charity stripe. The Bulls on defense are ranked 166th in college hoops in PPG given up with 69.8. They give up 14.2 dimes and 32.8 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 264th and 79th in those categories on the defensive end. The South Florida defense gives up 31.4% from downtown (114 of 363) and their opposition knocks down 70.8% of their free throw shots. They are able to force 12.9 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 44.3% from the field (226th in college basketball).
In their win over Temple, the Bulls collected 19 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds for a total of 33 for this contest. They also blocked 2 tries while recording 7 steals in this matchup. The Owls committed 23 fouls for the game which took the Bulls to the free throw line for a total of 29 attempts. They were able to convert 20 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 69.0%. With respect to shots from distance, South Florida made 9 out of their 23 attempts (39.1%). When all was said and done, the Bulls finished shooting 27 out of 67 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.3%. The Bulls permitted the Owls to bury 22 out of 50 tries from the floor which had them shooting 44.0% for the game. They finished 45.5% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 10 of 22 and finished the contest at 22 of 28 at the free throw line (78.6%). With respect to rebounds, South Florida allowed Temple to collect 29 in total (8 on the offensive side).
David Collins ended up being a major contributor for the Bulls for this contest. He buried 4 of 9 in the game for a rate of 44.4%, which gave him 14 points. Collins totaled 3 rebounds in his 26 minutes played and accounted for 4 dimes in this game. One more player who came through for South Florida was Alexis Yetna. He ended up finishing with 12 points in 31 minutes played via 4 of 8 from the floor in this contest. Yetna wrapped this one up going 50.0% from the field while also contributing 2 dimes and 7 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Temple (+4)
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