SMU Mustangs vs Temple Owls Prediction, 2/16/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: SMU Mustangs vs Temple Owls
Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Location: Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA
Liacouras Center is the site where the Temple Owls (13-9) will play the SMU Mustangs (18-5) on Wednesday.
The SMU Mustangs faced off with East Carolina and earned the victory with a final of 80-66 in their last contest. SMU walked away from the game with a 46.3% field goal percentage (25 of 54) and converted 14 of 30 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Mustangs converted 16 of their 23 attempts for a percentage of 69.6%. With regard to hauling in boards, they earned 34 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 20 dimes for this contest as well as forcing the opposition into 13 turnovers and having 6 steals. When talking about defending, SMU allowed the other team to go 37.9% from the field on 25 of 66 shooting. East Carolina dished out 14 assists and had 7 steals for the game. On top of that, East Carolina had 35 boards (12 offensive, 23 defensive), but didn't have a block. East Carolina finished 71.4% when shooting free throws by making 10 of their 14 attempts. They also buried 6 out of their 22 attempts from long range. In the matter of personal fouls, the Mustangs ended up walking away with 15 while East Carolina recorded 15 personal fouls.
Michael Weathers is someone who was a major contributor for the contest. He left the arena with 13 points on 5 of 7 shooting. He played 30 minutes played and also pulled down 5 rebounds. He went 71.4% from the floor and also earned 3 assists.
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SMU enters this matchup with a record of 18-5 this year. They are losing possession via turnover 12.8 times per game and as a squad are committing 15.3 personal fouls every game. As a unit, SMU is grabbing 38.1 rebounds per game and has accumulated 328 dimes this season, which has them ranked 162nd in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Mustangs are shooting 37.3% on shots from distance (209 of 560) and 74.5% from the free throw line. They are averaging 75.8 pts per game (71st in D-1) while hitting 45.2% from the floor.
On the defensive end, the Mustangs are forcing their opponents into 11.9 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.8 fouls. They surrender 31.0% from beyond the arc and they rank 142nd in college basketball in points per game allowed (67.7). The Mustangs defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 40.2% (583 of 1,449) and they surrender 35.8 boards per contest as a unit. They rank 157th in college basketball in allowing assists with 295 relinquished for the season.
The last time they took the court, the Temple Owls took a defeat with a final score of 92-83 when they faced Tulane. The Owls collected 25 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 35 in this contest. They also gave up possession 8 times, while getting 3 steals for the game. Tulane had 19 personal fouls in this contest which took the Owls to the charity stripe for 20 tries. They were able to knock down 13 of the free throws for a rate of 65.0%. Regarding three-point attempts, Temple made 14 of 39 attempts (35.9%). In all, the Owls went 28 out of 68 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 41.2%. The Owls permitted Tulane to knock down 29 out of their 60 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 48.3% for the game. They finished the game shooting 50.0% from beyond the perimeter by going 9 of 18 and ended up shooting 25 of 32 at the free throw line (78.1%). In relation to cleaning the glass, Temple allowed Tulane to grab 39 in total (7 offensive).
Zach Hicks was important for the Owls for the matchup. He knocked down 7 out of 13 in this game for a rate of 53.8%, and had 7 rebounds. He earned 21 points in his 27 mins on the court, but wasn't able to get an assist.
Temple has a mark of 13-9 for the season. The Owls are committing 18.5 personal fouls every game and they shoot 67.2% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 12.5 times per contest (226th in D-1) and they cough up possession 12.2 times per contest. Temple has earned 1,477 points on the year (67.1 per contest) and they pull in 38.7 boards per contest. As an offensive unit, the Owls are connecting on 40.5% from the field, which is ranked 331st in the country.
The Owls on the defensive side of the court are 86th in college basketball in points allowed per game with 66.0. They are forcing their opponents into 11.7 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 39.8% from the field (25th in college basketball). The Temple defense gives up 29.9% on 3-point shots (142 of 475) and opponents are knocking down 71.6% of their free throw shots. They give up 13.1 dimes and 36.3 rebounds per game, which ranks them 224th and 277th in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take SMU
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