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Temple Owls take on Explorers in college basketball test

Temple OwlsLa Salle Explorers
Feb 22, 7:00 PM | Tom Gola Arena

Temple Owls vs La Salle Explorers Odds

21-5TEAM RECORD18-9

College hoops betting interest focuses on the La Salle vs Temple battle Wednesday at Tom Gola Arena as the Explorers look to defend home court and cover the NCAAB point spread.

The Owls will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 16-10 ATS against the number this season, while the Explorers are 13-7-1 ATS. Temple is 15-11 on the totals; La Salle is 10-11.

View Temple vs La Salle Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with La Salle in this one will find them as 1.5-point underdogs.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 74-ranked Explorers and the No. 66-rated Owls in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 79-78 win for the Explorers on Wednesday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits La Salle's No. 50-ranked offense, averaging 73.9 PPG, against a Owls defense that ranks No. 218 at 68.5 PPG. The Explorers field goal percentage has averaged 46.6% so far, less than the Owls marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.5% per game.

Defensively, Temple features the nation's No. 76-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.2 points per game. La Salle, meanwhile, comes in at No. 96 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Temple, they were a 78-59 winner as they battled Duquesne at home. They covered in the match as a 11.5-point favorite. The Owls grabbed a 78-59 win over the Dukes on Saturday, behind a 24-point effort from Khalif Wyatt at Liacouras Center.

In their last action, La Salle was a 72-71 winner on the road against Massachusetts. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Earl Pettis scored 18 points leading the Explorers to a 72-71 victory over Massachusetts at Mullins Center on Saturday.

Temple Owls Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Saint Joseph's are 8-2
After playing Duquesne are 6-4
After a win are 9-1

La Salle Explorers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Fordham are 5-5
After playing Massachusetts are 6-4
After a win are 8-2

A few Owls at Explorers trends to consider:
Temple is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Temple is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against La Salle
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Temple's last 6 games when playing on the road against La Salle
La Salle is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of La Salle's last 6 games at home
La Salle is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of La Salle's last 7 games when playing Temple

Next up:
Temple at Saint Joseph's, Saturday, February 25
La Salle at Fordham, Saturday, February 25

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