Temple Owls vs South Florida Bulls Prediction, 3/11/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Temple Owls vs USF Bulls
Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Location: Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Temple (-2)
The Temple Owls (5-10) are headed to Dickies Arena on Thursday where they'll meet the USF Bulls (8-12). South Florida opens this matchup as 2-point underdogs. The O/U opens at 131.
Temple enters this contest with a win-loss record of 5-10 this year. They cough up possession 13.5 times per contest and as a group they are committing 17.3 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Temple is snagging 35.9 boards per contest and has racked up 198 dimes so far this year, which is 322nd in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. The Owls are hitting 33.9% on 3-point shots (108 of 319) and 71.3% from the free throw line. They average 65.5 pts per game (301st in D-1) while shooting 40.1% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Owls are forcing 11.2 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.2 personal fouls. The Owls defensively are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 40.9% (359 of 877) and they concede 36.5 rebounds per game as a squad. They are 27th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 200 surrendered on the campaign. They relinquish 34.6% on shots from downtown and they are 129th in college basketball in opponents points per game (68.5).
The Temple Owls faced off with the USF Bulls and took home the win by a score of 65-47 in their last game. Temple ended the game having earned a 45.1% field goal percentage (23 out of 51) and made 11 of 23 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Owls knocked down 8 of their 12 attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. With respect to hauling in boards, they compiled 28 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 15 assists in this contest in addition to forcing the other team into 15 turnovers and earning 8 steals. In the matter of defense, Temple let their opponent shoot 28.8% from the field on 15 out of 52 shooting. South Florida earned 10 dimes and had 5 steals for the matchup. Additionally, South Florida snagged 29 boards (11 offensive, 18 defensive) and added 4 rejections. South Florida finished the contest at 58.8% at the charity stripe by making 10 of 17 attempts. They knocked down 7 of their 20 attempts from distance.
Khalif Battle is one player who had an impact in the game. He left the arena with 22 points on 9 of 15 shooting. He played for 35 mins played and also grabbed 6 boards. Battle went 60.0% from the floor and also totaled 4 dimes. An additional guy that played a role in the matchup for the Owls was Jeremiah Williams. He pulled down 3 rebounds in 34 minutes on the hardwood. He finished shooting 27.3% from the field in the matchup by shooting 3-of-11 (11 points). Overall, Williams tallied 3 assists.
South Florida has a mark of 8-12 this season. South Florida has totaled 1,309 pts for the season (65.5 per contest) and they snag 37.3 boards per contest. The Bulls are committing 17.3 fouls every game and they connect on 64.2% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Bulls are hitting on 40.3% from the field, which ranks 329th in college basketball. They are assisting teammates 11.4 times per contest (300th in the nation) and they lose possession via turnover 14.5 times per contest. The Bulls on the defensive side of the court are 217th in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 71.6. They are able to force 12.6 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.3% from the floor (262nd in college hoops). The South Florida defense gives up 34.4% on shots from 3-point land (162 of 471) and opponents are converting on 70.5% of their free throw attempts. They allow 15.0 dimes and 33.5 rebounds per contest, which is 297th and 106th in college basketball.
The last time they took the hardwood, the USF Bulls took a loss by a final score of 80-63 against the Wichita State Shockers. The Bulls pulled down 24 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive boards for a total of 37 in this matchup. They coughed up the ball 15 times, while getting 5 steals for this contest. The Shockers had 17 personal fouls in the game which took the Bulls to the free throw line for a total of 19 attempts. They were able to convert 14 of them for a rate of 73.7%. In reference to 3-point shots, South Florida buried 5 out of their 25 attempts (20.0%). In all, the Bulls finished 22 for 57 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 38.6%. The Bulls permitted the Shockers to knock down 29 out of 61 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 47.5% in the matchup. They wrapped up this game 40.7% from 3-point land by going 11 of 27 and ended up going 11 of 14 at the charity stripe (78.6%). When discussing attacking the glass, South Florida allowed Wichita State to collect 27 overall (8 offensive).
Michael Durr pitched in for the Bulls for this game. He made 6 out of 10 in this contest giving him a rate of 60.0%, and had 9 rebounds. Durr tallied 18 points in his 30 mins on the hardwood, but wrapped up this contest with no dimes. One more player who came through for South Florida was David Collins. He came away with 2 dimes in his 34 minutes on the hardwood, and he put in 6 out of 12 from the floor. Collins finished going 50.0% from the floor and also totaling 14 points and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Temple (-2)
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