Top-seeded Indiana will be back in action at the University of Dayton Arena on Sunday as they take on No. 9 Temple as the favorites in East Region betting action at the NCAA Tournament.
Indiana didn't have much trouble with No. 16 James Madison in the Round of 64 on Friday, winning 83-62 but failing to cover the big 22-point spread for their supporters. Temple beat N.C. State 76-72 on Friday, with the Owls listed as 4.5-point underdogs.
The Hoosiers sport records of 28-6 and 17-15 ATS heading into this battle, while the Owls have 24-9 and 15-16 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 14-15-1 for the Hoosiers and 18-11 for the Owls.
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Hoosiers as 11.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Hoosiers rated this week at No. 2 and the Owls sitting at No. 110. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 89-76 result in favor of the Hoosiers.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Indiana's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 80.1 PPG, against a Owls defense that ranks No. 216 at 68.2 PPG. The Hoosiers field goal percentage has averaged 48.7% so far, more than the Owls marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.1% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Temple owns the country's No. 100-rated mark, allowing 66.5 points per game on the highway. Indiana, on the other hand, rates No. 9 in scoring at home.
Temple won its last outing, a 76-72 result against North Carolina State on March 22. They covered in that game as a 4.5-point underdog. Khalif Wyatt went off for 31 points and added 2 rebounds for good measure, leading Temple to a 76-72 win over North Carolina State on Friday at Dayton Arena.
Indiana won its last outing, an 83-62 result against James Madison on March 22. They failed to cover in that game as a 21.5-point favorite. Indiana cruised to victory on Friday, running James Madison out of the gym and running up an 83-62 score at Dayton Arena.
A few Owls at Hoosiers trends to consider:
Indiana is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 6 games
Indiana is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Temple
Indiana is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games