Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Shockers versus the Owls? Tip off is at at 1:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPNU. The game will be played at Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. The Shockers are favored in this American Athletic conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 149.5 points.

WICHITA STATE SHOCKERS VS TEMPLE OWLS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Temple Owls +1.5

This game will be played at Liacouras Center at 1:00 ET on Sunday, January 7th.

WHY BET THE TEMPLE OWLS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-65 in favor of the Owls.
  • Not only will Temple pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 149.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 142 points.

Can the Wichita State Offense Score Enough on the Road?

Wichita State comes into today’s game as the 1.5-point favorite over Temple. So far this season, the Shockers have an overall record of 8-6 and have lost three straight games. In their last game, they fell to North Texas by a score of 74-62.

Over their last 10 road games, Wichita State has gone 6-4. On the season, they are 2-2 on the road and have an average scoring margin of +.2 points per game away from home. So far this season, the Shockers have been favored in nine of their 14 games and have gone 7-2 in those contests.

Wichita State has an ATS record of 4-9 this season, including a mark of 1-3 vs. the spread on the road. In their last 10 games as the favorite, the Shockers are just 5-5 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Wichita State is 8-5. On average, their games have finished with 1.4 more points than the over/under line. Today’s over/under line of 149.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this season (143.8). Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 and their games have finished with an average of 139 points.

In their latest game, Wichita State offense put up 62 points against North Texas. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 37% and made 7 threes. The top scorer for the Shockers was Colby Rogers with 18 points, while Quincy Ballard also added 11 to the scoreboard.

The Shockers’ defense is presently ranked 170th nationally, allowing an average of 71.9 points per contest. In their previous game vs. North Texas, the Mean Green finished with a field goal percentage of 37% and a total of 74 points vs. Wichita State.

Can the Owls Secure a Win at Home?

Coming into today’s matchup, the Temple Owls are 7-7 overall and 3-4 at home. Over their last ten games at home, they are 6-4.

In their last game, the Owls faced off against South Florida and lost by a score of 76-68. So far this season, Temple has been the underdog in six of their 14 games, and they have gone 1-5 in those matchups.

As the underdog this season, Temple has gone 2-4 vs. the spread. In their last 10 games as the underdog, the Owls are 4-5-1 ATS. At home this season, Temple is 3-4 vs. the spread and over their last three home games, they have an ATS mark of 0-2.

Over Temple’s last three games, the average scoring total is 131 points, which is 18.5 points lower than today’s over/under line of 149.5. So far this season, their over/under record is 6-6-1. On average, their games have finished with 147.5 points compared to an average over/under line of 142.7, resulting in an average margin of 4.8 points.

The Temple offense is coming off a game in which they scored 68 points vs. South Florida. Overall their field goal percentage was 41% while connecting on 7 threes. The top scorer for the Owls was Jordan Riley with 21 points, while Hysier Miller also added 17 to the scoreboard.

Temple’s defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 73.4 points per game. Temple’s three-point defense is currently 132nd in the country at 7.4 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 41.4% of their shots vs. Temple.