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Temple vs Penn State West Bracket Preview

The Temple Owls lost their conference title game but come in favored over their bigger state rival in this West Region battle Thursday.

This game is being played at a neutral-site court (McKale Center) and sees the Owls as slight 2.5-point favorite over Penn State. Ramone Moore leads the Owls while Talor Battle is the best PSU player.

Temple comes in seeded seventh and many expect them to beat the 10th-seeded Nittany Lions and advance against the winner of the San Diego State game.

View Penn State vs Temple Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 41-rated Owls and the No. 214-ranked Nittany Lions, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 73-65 result in favor of the Owls.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Temple's No. 113 nationally ranked offense (70.9 points per game) against a Nittany Lions defense that sits as the No. 43 at 62.4 PPG. The Owls have been averaging 44.8% from the field, more than the Nittany Lions have managed so far this season (43.7% on average).

Defensively, Penn State features the nation's No. 76-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.8 points per game. Temple, meanwhile, comes in at No. 128 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Penn State, they were a 71-60 loser as they battled Ohio State. They failed to cover in the match as a 10-point underdog.

Temple lost its last outing, a 58-54 result against Richmond on March 12. They failed to cover in that game as a 4-point favorite.

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
After playing Ohio State are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

Temple Owls Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
After playing Richmond are 5-5
After a loss are 10-0

A few Nittany Lions at Owls trends to consider:
Temple is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Penn State
Temple is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
Temple is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Temple is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Penn State