The Cincinnati Bearcats (19-10, 12-5 AAC) and Temple Owls (14-16, 6-11 AAC) will clash at Fifth Third Arena to wrap up the regular season. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 7, 2020, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
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In the Owls’ last matchup, they fell to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 61-51. Damion Moore had a solid performance for Temple, finishing with nine points and 10 rebounds. Tulsa held the Owls to an effective field goal percentage of 0.351 (below their season average of 0.464). Temple, on the other hand, held the Golden Hurricane to an offensive rebounding percentage of 18.2 (below their season average of 27.1).
The Bearcats hope to keep it rolling after topping the South Florida Bulls in their last matchup, 79-67. Cincinnati was lifted by Keith Williams, who was the top scorer from either team with 30 points on 12-for-18 shooting. Cincinnati played a nearly perfect game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.294 (above their season average of 0.267) and a turnover percentage of 18.6 (worse than their season average of 17.8). South Florida was 0.204 and 23.4, respectively, for those same stats.
Cincinnati could dominate on defense as they clash against one of the NCAA’s worst offenses. The Bearcats rank 31st in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.457), while Temple is 332nd in effective field goal percentage (0.460).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Bearcats won 89-82. Cincinnati did a great job of getting and making free throws (28-34; 82.4 percent). Temple, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (14.3 vs. 15.6). Quinton Rose was the top overall scorer in the game with 26 points.
Temple Owls vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Betting Prediction
Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Cincinnati, ATS Winner – Temple, O/U – Over
The Bearcats rank 52nd in assists per game (14.6) while the Owls rank 181st in assists allowed per game (13.5).
Temple ranks 41st in steals per game (7.8) while Cincinnati ranks 160th in steals allowed per game (6.8).
Cincinnati ranks 63rd in rebounds per game (37.7) while Temple ranks 263rd in rebounds allowed per game (38.2).
The Bearcats rank 109th in three pointers allowed per game (20.8) while the Owls rank 265th (25.1).
Cincinnati averages 4.8 blocks per game, which ranks 23rd in the NCAA. Temple ranks 173rd in blocks allowed per game (4.1).
The Bearcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 0.6, down from 5.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Owls have scored an average of 66.8 points per game (1.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.6 points per game (2.6 above their season average).