Temple Owls at SMU Mustangs Free Pick 01/18/20

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The SMU Mustangs (12-4, 2-2 AAC) welcome the Temple Owls (10-6, 2-3 AAC) in a matchup that pits great offense against superb defense. Action starts at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPNU.

Temple Owls vs. SMU Mustangs Odds Preview

In the Owls’ last matchup, they defeated the No. 16 Wichita State Shockers, 65-53. Quinton Rose was Temple’s high scorer with 19 points on 6-for-15 shooting. The Owls made 20 of their 27 free throws (74.1 percent) and held the Shockers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.325 (below their season average of 0.485).

The Mustangs are hoping for a better outcome after their 71-62 loss to the Houston Cougars in their last matchup. Kendric Davis was the top scorer from either team with 19 points on 8-for-14 shooting. Houston did a fantastic job of making free throws (17-22; 77.3 percent). SMU, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 10.6 (better than their season average of 16.8).

This showdown pits one of the NCAA’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses. SMU ranks seventh in offensive efficiency and Temple is 27th in defensive efficiency.

This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Owls won the lone game last season, 82-74. The Owls’ turnover percentage was their largest strength over the Mustangs. Temple had a rate of 5.8, while SMU posted a mark of 13.0.

Temple Owls vs. SMU Mustangs Odds Prediction

Free Prediction: SU Winner – Temple, ATS Winner – Temple, O/U – Under

Notes

Betting Notes:

The Owls rank 55th in steals per game (7.9) while the Mustangs rank 121st in steals allowed per game (6.6).

SMU ranks 96th in blocked shots (3.4 per game) while Temple ranks 133rd in blocks allowed per game (4.1).

SMU averages 39.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 49th in the country. Temple ranks 223rd in rebounds allowed per game (37.6).

The Mustangs average 23.1 three pointers per game, which ranks 104th in the NCAA. The Owls rank 260th in three pointers allowed per game (27.1).

Temple averages 14.4 assists per game, which ranks 76th in the country. SMU ranks 196th in assists allowed per game (14.3).

Bettings Trends:

The Mustangs’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.8, down from 8.5 for the season.

During their last five games, the Owls have scored an average of 59.2 points per game (9.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 64.8 points per game (1.7 above their season average).

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