Looking to win big? The Owls and Pirates face off at 5:00 ET on ESPN2. The Pirates are hosting the game at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, NC. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 136.5 points, and East Carolina is favored by -6.5 to win at home against Temple.

TEMPLE OWLS VS EAST CAROLINA PIRATES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Temple Owls +6.5

This game will be played at Minges Coliseum at 5:00 ET on Sunday, January 28th.

WHY BET THE TEMPLE OWLS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-69 in favor of the Pirates.
  • Even though we have East Carolina winning straight-up, we like Temple at +6.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 136.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Will the Owls Secure A Victory as Road Underdogs?

Temple is coming off a 75-69 loss to South Florida. The Owls have lost five straight games and are just 8-12 overall this season. In American Athletic Conference play, Temple is 1-6.

For the season, the Owls have been an underdog 10 times and have gone just 2-8 in those games. On the road, Temple is 3-5, and their average scoring margin is -6.6 points per game. Over their last 10 road games, the Owls are just 3-7.

As the underdog this season, Temple has gone 3-6-1 vs. the spread. On the road, the Owls have an ATS mark of just 2-5-1 this year and are 0-2-1 vs. the spread in their last three road games. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Temple is 3-6-1 ATS.

On the season, the over/under record for Temple games sits at 8-10-1 with an average scoring total of 143.2 points. Today’s over/under line of 136.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (142). So far, 15 of their games have had higher over/under lines than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 139 points.

The Owls’ offense wrapped up their last game with 69 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 70.5 points per contest. The Temple offense has been looking to get up shots from outside so far this season, averaging 28.1 three-point attempts per contest. Overall, they have connected on 30% of their looks from outside this season.

Temple’s defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 72.6 points per game. The Temple defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 75 points and allowed South Florida to connect on 11 threes.

Can the Pirates Deliver Being Favored at Home?

East Carolina will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak at home today against Temple. So far, the Pirates are 7-6 at home this season, and they are 6-4 in their last 10 games at home. Overall, East Carolina is 10-10 this season, and they are 3-4 in American Athletic Conference play.

Coming into today’s game, East Carolina has been favored in nine of their 20 games, and they have a record of 6-3 when favored. Their average scoring margin at home this season is +3.4 points per game, and they are 2-4 on the road this season.

East Carolina has an ATS record of 9-9-1 this season, going 5-7-1 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Pirates have gone just 3-6-1 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for East Carolina games is 7-12 and today’s line of 136.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (142.6). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is just 118 points.

In contrast to their season average of 70 points per game, the East Carolina had a below average performance. They scored 54 points against Wichita State and had a field goal percentage of 33.8%. The team’s top scorer is Russell Felton Jr., who enters today’s matchup with an average of 15.8, while Ezra Ausar also carries a PPG average of 13.9 into the game.

At this time, the Pirates’ defense is positioned 90th in the country, permitting 68.2 points per game. East Carolina will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Wichita State to just 40% shooting in their most recent game.