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American Athletic Conference Tournament - Owls open as college hoops underdog vs Knights

Central Florida KnightsTemple Owls
12-17March 12, 2014, 09:30 | FedExForum9-21

The Temple Owls hope to be lousy hosts on Wednesday as the Central Florida Knights pay a visit to FedExForum on the college basketball betting menu.

The Owls bring a 9-21 record (13-15 ATS) to this tilt against the 12-17 Knights, who are 7-16 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Temple go 14-13 so far and the Knights go 13-10. View Central Florida Knights vs Temple Owls Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as -1-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(.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Owls at No. 226 and the Knights at No. 223 heading into this contest.

Temple won its last outing, a 66-65 result against South Florida on March 8. They covered in that game as a 3-point underdog. The Owls grabbed a 66-65 win over the Bulls on Saturday, behind a 20-point effort from Dalton Pepper at Sun Dome.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Temple's No. 80 nationally ranked offense (73.37 points per game) against a Knights defense that sits as the No. 202 at 73.45 PPG. The Owls have been averaging 42.76% from the field, less than the Knights have managed so far this season (44.01% on average).

A few Knights at Owls trends to consider:
Central Florida is 5-13 ATS in its last 18 games
Central Florida is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games
Temple is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Temple is 4-16 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Temple's last 5 games