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Houston Cougars visit Temple Owls in college basketball clash

Houston CougarsTemple Owls
14-14March 01, 2014, 09:00 | Liacouras Center7-20

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Temple vs Houston battle Saturday at Liacouras Center as the Owls look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Owls sport a record of 7-20 and 11-14 ATS heading into this battle, while the Cougars have 14-14 and 12-11 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 12-12 for the Owls and 8-15 for the Cougars.

View Houston Cougars vs Temple Owls Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 3.5-point underdogs 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 Owls - Cougars odds would favor the Owls if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Temple is rated No. 212 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Houston is at No. 300.

In their last action, Houston was a 77-68 winner at home against Memphis. They covered the 7-point spread as underdogs. Houston earned a 77-68 victory over Memphis on Thursday, getting 19 points from Danuel House at Hofheinz Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Temple has the nation's No. 104-rated offensive output, at 72.96 PPG. The visiting Cougars defense ranks No. 173 allowing on average 71.39 PPG. The Owls FG% has averaged 42.6% so far, less than the Cougars marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.04% per game.

A few Cougars at Owls trends to consider:
Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Houston is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
Houston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Temple is 2-15 SU in its last 17 games
Temple is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next up:
Houston home to South Florida, Tuesday, March 4th
Temple at Central Florida, Tuesday, March 4th