Looking to win big? The Roadrunners and Owls face off at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. The Owls are hosting the game at Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. The odds for this American Athletic conference game currently have Temple as the -5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 156 points.

UTSA ROADRUNNERS VS TEMPLE OWLS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Temple Owls -5

This game will be played at Liacouras Center at 2:00 ET on Sunday, February 18th.

WHY BET THE TEMPLE OWLS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-67 in favor of the Owls.
  • Not only will Temple pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 156 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Do the Roadrunners Have What it Takes to Win as Road Underdogs?

UTSA enters this game with an overall record of 8-17 and a conference record of 2-10. They have lost five straight games and currently sit at 2-15 when listed as the underdog this season. On the road, the Roadrunners are 2-10 this season, and their average scoring margin is -10.5 points per game.

In their last game, UTSA lost to Charlotte by a score of 79-70. Over their last ten road games, the Roadrunners have gone 2-8, and they are currently on a five-game losing streak away from home.

As the underdog this season, UTSA has gone 7-10 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS record is 4-8 and over their last 10 road games, they are 4-6 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for UTSA games is 17-7 and today’s line of 156 is below the average over/under line in their games (153). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 151 points.

Compared to their season average of 78.9 points per game, UTSA struggled in their previous game. Against Charlotte, the Roadrunners scored 70 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 35.8%. Christian Tucker is leading the team in scoring at 12 points per contest. Jordan Ivy-Curry has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 16.7 going into the game.

At present, the Roadrunners’ defense is nationally ranked 344th, allowing 83.4 points per game. In their previous game vs. Charlotte, the 49ers finished with a field goal percentage of 48% and a total of 79 points vs. UTSA.

Will Temple Find a Way to Win at Home?

With a record of 8-17, Temple has lost 10 straight games and is 1-11 in American Athletic Conference play. The Owls have gone 4-9 at home this season, including a current five-game losing streak.

As for UTSA, they have gone 3-8 on the road this season and are 2-13 when they are the underdog. Temple is favored by five points in this game, and they have gone 5-4 in their nine games as the favorite this season.

As the favorite this season, Temple has gone just 3-6 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Owls are 4-6 ATS.

This season, Temple’s over/under record is 11-12-1 with their games averaging 145 points. Today’s over/under line of 156 is higher than the average OU line in their games (142.4). So far, 20 of their games have finished with fewer points than 156. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with those matchups averaging 150 points.

In their latest game, Temple offense put up 68 points against Florida Atlantic. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 42.1% and made 7 threes. Hysier Miller is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 15.5 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Jordan Riley brings a PPG average of 12.5 into the game.

The Owls’ defense is presently ranked 224th nationally, allowing an average of 74.0 points per contest. Temple’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Florida Atlantic offense to knock down 49% of their shots on their way to putting up 80 points.