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Minutemen open as college hoops underdog vs Owls

Massachusetts MinutemenTemple Owls
March 9, 12:00 PM | Boardwalk Hall

Massachusetts Minutemen vs Temple Owls Odds

21-10TEAM RECORD24-6

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Boardwalk Hall Friday as host Temple looks to handle the Massachusetts Minutemen in NCAAB action.

The Atlantic 10 Tournament battle is part of the annual season-ending league tournament. The winner gets an automatic berth in the Madness, while all teams are trying to prove they deserve a spot. The game is being played at Boardwalk Hall, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

The Owls currently sports a 24-6 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 17-13 ATS. The Minutemen are 21-10 and 15-12-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Owls produce a 18-11-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Minutemen have gone 16-11-1 against the number.

View Massachusetts vs Temple Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Owls installed as 7.5-point favorites in this particular matchup

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Owls at No. 70 and the Minutemen at No. 56 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 80-79 result in favor of the Owls.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Temple's No. 28 nationally ranked offense (76.2 points per game) against a Minutemen defense that sits as the No. 284 at 71.5 PPG. The Owls have been averaging 47.2% from the field, more than the Minutemen have managed so far this season (43.3% on average).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Massachusetts owns the country's No. 269-rated mark, allowing 73.8 points per game on the highway. Temple, on the other hand, rates No. 26 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Massachusetts, they were a 92-83 winner as they battled Duquesne at home. They covered in the match as a 5-point favorite. Chaz Williams scored 21 points leading the Minutemen to a 92-83 victory over Duquesne at Mullins Center on Tuesday.

Last time out for Temple, they were an 80-60 winner as they battled Fordham on the road. They covered in the match as a 12.5-point favorite. The battle between the Owls and Rams didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Fordham was handed an 80-60 defeat on Saturday at Rose Hill Gym.

Massachusetts Minutemen Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
After playing Duquesne are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

Temple Owls Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
After playing Fordham are 8-2
After a win are 9-1

A few Minutemen at Owls trends to consider:
Temple is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Temple's last 8 games when playing Massachusetts
Temple is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Massachusetts
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Temple's last 8 games