NCAA hoops odds preview - Saint Louis vs. Temple
Saint Louis Billikens vs Temple Owls Odds
The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Temple and Saint Louis on Saturday, with the host Owls trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
The Owls currently sports a 10-4 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 6-6 ATS. The Billikens are 12-3 and 6-7 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Owls produce a 5-5 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Billikens have gone 3-8 against the number.
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Temple Owls as 4-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Owls at No. 52 and the Billikens at No. 208 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 75-69 result in favor of the Billikens.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Temple has the nation's No. 143-rated offensive output, at 69.5 PPG. The visiting Billikens defense ranks No. 8 allowing on average 55.5 PPG. The Owls FG% has averaged 40.2% so far, less than the Billikens marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.6% per game.
Defensively, Saint Louis features the nation's No. 156-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.5 points per game. Temple, meanwhile, comes in at No. 187 nationally in scoring at home.
Saint Louis was a 70-62 winner in their most recent outing at home against Massachusetts. They failed to cover the 10-point spread as favorites. Rob Loe scored 20 points leading the Billikens to a 70-62 victory over Massachusetts at Chaifetz Arena on Thursday.
Temple lost its last outing, a 57-52 result against Xavier on January 10. They failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. Anthony Lee scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Owls to a win (they lost 57-52 to Xavier at Cintas Center on Thursday).
Saint Louis Billikens Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Rhode Island are 6-4
After playing Massachusetts are 4-6
After a win are 8-2
Temple Owls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing George Washington are 7-3
After playing Xavier are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2
A few Billikens at Owls trends to consider:
Saint Louis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Temple is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Saint Louis
Temple is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Temple's last 5 games when playing Saint Louis
Temple is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
Saint Louis home to Rhode Island, Saturday, January 19
Temple at George Washington, Wednesday, January 16