Xavier Musketeers host Temple Owls in college basketball action
Temple Owls vs Xavier Musketeers Odds
The Xavier Musketeers host Temple on Thursday, looking to build on their 7-6 mark against the 10-3 Owls in college hoops action at Cintas Center.
Xavier will face the 10-3 Owls, who own a 6-5 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Musketeers are 4-7 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Owls are 5-4 favoring the OVER.
The visitors opened as 2-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 118 (Musketeers) and the No. 52 (Owls) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 72-69 result in favor of the Owls has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Xavier's No. 240 nationally ranked offense (65 points per game) against a Owls defense that sits as the No. 142 at 64.6 PPG. The Musketeers have been averaging 46.8% from the field, more than the Owls have managed so far this season (40.7% on average).
Defensively, Temple features the nation's No. 126-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.3 points per game. Xavier, meanwhile, comes in at No. 221 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Temple, they were a 69-62 loser as they battled Kansas on the road. They covered in the match as a 13-point underdog. Khalif Wyatt scored 26 points for Temple on Sunday, but the Jayhawks managed a 69-62 victory over the Owls at Allen Fieldhouse.
Last time out for Xavier, they were a 66-59 loser as they battled Wake Forest on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point favorite. Xavier suffered a 66-59 loss against Wake Forest on Wednesday, getting 18 points from Travis Taylor in a losing effort at Joel Coliseum.
Temple Owls Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Saint Louis are 4-3
After playing Kansas are 1-2
After a loss are 9-1
Xavier Musketeers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 9-1
Before playing George Washington are 6-4
After playing Wake Forest are 2-1
After a loss are 7-3
A few Owls at Musketeers trends to consider:
Temple is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Temple is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Xavier
Temple is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Xavier
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Xavier's last 5 games when playing Temple
Xavier is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games at home
Xavier is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Temple
Xavier is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Temple
Temple home to Saint Louis, Saturday, January 12
Xavier home to George Washington, Saturday, January 12