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College basketball point spread favors Longhorns in battle with Owls

Texas LonghornsTemple Owls
7-1December 07, 2013, 12:00 | Wells Fargo Center4-3

Temple will look to improve on its 4-3 record on Saturday when they host Texas in NCAA basketball odds action at Wells Fargo Center.

The Owls bring a 4-3 record (3-4 ATS) to this tilt against the 7-1 Longhorns, who are 3-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Temple go 2-4 so far and the Longhorns go 1-4.

View Texas Longhorns vs Temple Owls Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Temple sat as 1-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Owls at No. 103 and the Longhorns at No. 72 heading into this contest.

Texas was a 70-64 winner in their most recent outing at home against Vanderbilt. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites. The Longhorns grabbed a 70-64 win over the Commodores on Monday, behind a 14-point effort from Isaiah Taylor at Frank Erwin Center.

Last time out for Temple, they were a 77-69 winner as they battled Saint Joseph's at home. They covered in the match as a 2-point favorite. The Owls grabbed a 77-69 win over the Hawks on Wednesday, behind a 16-point effort from Dalton Pepper at Liacouras Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Temple's No. 119-ranked scoring average of 75.57 PPG, against a Longhorns defense rated No. 109 and allowing 68.88 PPG. The Owls FG% has averaged 43.78% to date this season, less than the Longhorns shooters have managed so far (45.44% per game).

A few Longhorns at Owls trends to consider:
Texas is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Temple is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Temple is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Temple's last 5 games

Next up:
Texas home to Texas State, Saturday, December 14th
Temple at Texas Southern, Wednesday, December 18th