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Houston Cougars vs Temple Owls College Basketball Betting Preview

Liacouras Center features an NCAA Basketball betting clash between the host Temple Owls and the visiting Houston Cougars in college hoops betting odds action on Saturday.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Houston Cougars opened as 6.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including MyBookie. The total was set to open a bit later (check out Bovada for the latest situation).

Houston Cougars vs Temple Owls Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Temple Owls sit at 6-5 (5-5 ATS) on the college basketball season. By comparison, the Houston Cougars are currently 11-2 (4-4 ATS). Looking to bet on the total points scored? Temple is 7-3 OU, and Houston is 6-2 OU.

The Temple Owls sit at No. 147 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Houston Cougars sit at No. 77 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Temple's No. 181 nationally ranked offense (71.27 points per game) against a Houston Cougars defense that sits as the No. 130 at 69.69 PPG. The Temple Owls have been averaging 40.39% from the field, less than the Cougars have managed so far this season (47.17% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Cougars grabbed a 73-67 win over the Bulls on Wednesday, behind a 20-point effort from Devonta Pollard at Sun Dome.

The Owls grabbed a 77-70 win over the Bearcats on Tuesday, behind a 19-point effort from Quenton DeCosey at Fifth Third Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Houston is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games on the road
  • Temple is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • Temple is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston home to Tulane, Tuesday, January 5th
Temple at Connecticut, Tuesday, January 5th