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The South Florida Bulls will be looking for their 13th win of the season when they travel to the Liacouras Center to take on the Temple Owls. South Florida enters this game with a 12-3 record after beating Tulane in its last game. Meanwhile, Temple is also 12-3 this season as it beat Houston in its last game. Now, both teams will be looking to keep their quality records intact this Saturday.
South Florida Looks For Quality Road Win
Last season, the South Florida Bulls went 10-22 and lost in the first round of its conference tournament to Memphis. This season, South Florida has looked like a completely different team as the team has won 12 of its first 15 games. However, the team has only played two road games this season so one has to wonder if this team will be able to handle the hostile environment in Temple. However, the team’s last game was at home and the team beat Tulane handily as a result. In that game, South Florida’s defense was great as the team only allowed 48 points on less than 39% shooting from the floor. With a much better team up next, the Bulls will need to play well defensively again.
South Florida is led by sophomore guard David Collins who has been good this season. This season, he is currently leading the team in scoring with 14.5 points per game. However, he is shooting a pathetic 38.7% shooting from the floor which is unacceptable moving forward. As one of the best player on this year’s team, he better be very efficient in this game against a very good defense if South Florida plans on winning.
Temple’s Guards Continue To Carry The Load
The Temple Owls entered the season with hopes of making the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2016. Last season was a tumultuous one for the Owls as the team barely went over .500 and did not participate in any postseason tournaments. However, the team brought back several key pieces which have helped the Owls rebound quite nicely this season. This season, Temple is 12-3 including a dominating performance an impressive victory over Houston in its last game. Temple was clicking defensively in that contest as the team won by four points and only allowed Houston to score 69 points. The Owls have looked great so far with most of their games coming at home. With another home game on deck, Temple will look to get its 13th win.
Temple is led by guards Quinton Rose and Shizz Alston Jr. who have looked fantastic once again like they did last season. Last season, Rose led the Owls with 14.9 points per game on 43.4% shooting. This season, Rose is averaging 16.8 points per game on 41.1% shooting. However, Rose has now become the second option offensively as Shizz Alston Jr. has taken that role upon himself. Last season, Alston Jr. averaged 13.3 points last season on 41% shooting. This season, he is leading the team in scoring with 18.9 points per game and looks like a stronger leader than he has been in recent years. Look for both of them to play well in this one.
- Owls are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Owls are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. American Athletic Conference.
- Owls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games.
- Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Simply put, these teams are conference rivals and I think that home-field advantage is a huge deal. South Florida might be the better team but it now has to travel to a hostile environment to take on a Temple team that is undefeated at home and is in great current form. Give me the home team as a result.
Full-Game Total Pick
Both teams have the ability to score points but I think that their respective defenses are elite. Both teams held their respective opponents to less than 70 points per game this season so I expect points to come at a premium in this one. I think this total is a bit too high as a result so I recommend the under in this matchup.