Betting on today’s Owls and Owls game? Catch the action at Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston, TX, as the Owls hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this game is set at 144.5 points, and Rice is favored by -5 vs. Temple in a American Athletic conference matchup.

TEMPLE OWLS VS RICE OWLS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Temple Owls +5

This game will be played at Tudor Fieldhouse at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, February 28th.

WHY BET THE TEMPLE OWLS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-71 in favor of the Owls.
  • Not only will Rice pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 144.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Is A Road Victory Likely for Underdog Temple?

Temple comes into this game as a 5-point underdog, and they are 2-13 when listed as the underdog this season. They have lost six straight games on the road, and their average margin of defeat on the road this season is -7.5 points per game.

For the year, Temple is 10-17, including a 2-11 record in American Athletic Conference play. In their last game, they defeated UTSA by a score of 83-77, and over their last 10 games, they are just 2-8 on the road.

Overall, Temple has an ATS record of 10-14-1 this season. On the road, the Owls are 4-6-1 vs. the spread. As the underdog, Temple has gone 7-7-1 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Owls have a mark of 6-3-1 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS record over their last 10 games is 3-6-1.

So far this season, the over/under record in Temple games is 12-12-1. The average point total in their games this year is 145.6. Today’s over/under line of 144.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this season (142.8). In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total in those games is 148 points.

In their latest game, Temple’s offense looked good, scoring 83 points against UTSA. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 45.3% and made 17/25 free throws. On the offensive front, the Owls have a season-long field goal percentage of 38%, ranking 399th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 378th in terms of percentage and 119th in three-pointers made.

So far, the Owls’ defense is ranked 221st in the country at 73.9 points per contest. Against UTSA in their most recent game, the Temple defense gave up a total of 77 points while allowing UTSA to hit 45% of their shots.

Is a Home Win Possible for Rice?

Coming into today’s game, Rice is 11-16 overall and 5-9 in American Athletic Conference play. They have won two straight games, including a 70-52 victory over East Carolina.

At home, the Owls are 6-10 this season, and they have gone 3-7 in their last 10 games at home. On the year, Rice has been favored in 11 games, going 7-4.

As the favorite, Rice has gone 6-5 vs. the spread this season and is 5-9-2 at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Owls are 5-5 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Rice games is 13-13-1. On average, their games have seen 149.5 points compared to an average over/under line of 151, resulting in an average margin of -1.5 points. Today’s over/under line of 144.5 is lower than the average point total in their games this year. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 154 points.

In their most recent game, the Owls’ offense tallied 70 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 73.9 points per game. In terms of offense, the Owls have a season-long field goal percentage of 44%, putting them 232nd in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 171st in percentage and 96th in three-pointers made.

The Owls’ defense is presently ranked 259th nationally, allowing an average of 75.6 points per contest. Against East Carolina in their most recent game, the Rice defense gave up a total of 52 points while allowing East Carolina to hit 47% of their shots.