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Houston Cougars vs Temple Owls in college hoops odds

Temple OwlsHouston Cougars
6-15February 09, 2014, 02:00 | Hofheinz Pavilion11-12

Temple pays a visit to Houston on Sunday, hoping to send the Cougars to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars sit at 11-12 (8-10 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Owls are currently 6-15 (8-11 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Houston is 5-13 OU, and Temple is 9-9 OU.

View Temple Owls vs Houston Cougars Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Houston sat as -3.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 303-rated Cougars and the No. 250-ranked Owls, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Temple, they were a 75-52 loser as they battled Southern Methodist on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 13-point underdog. Temple was run off the court by the Mustangs on Thursday as Southern Methodist routed them 75-52 at Moody Coliseum.

Houston was a 77-62 loser in their most recent outing at home against Louisville. They failed to cover the 14.5-point spread as underdogs. TaShawn Thomas scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Cougars to a win (they lost 77-62 to Louisville at Hofheinz Pavilion on Wednesday).

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Owls is ranked No. 132 in NCAA hoops at 35.57 per game. Contrast that with Houston’s No. 127 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Houston is the No. 176-ranked team in the country at 5.57 per game, while Temple rates No. 97 at 6.67 per game.

Next up:
Temple home to Louisville, Thursday, February 13th
Houston at Cincinnati, Saturday, February 15th