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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Explorers over Owls

Temple OwlsLa Salle Explorers
5-10January 18, 2014, 12:00 | Palestra10-6

The La Salle Explorers will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Temple Owls at Palestra in NCAA basketball action.

The Explorers are 10-6 so far on the season, and 4-9 ATS vs. the number. The Owls, meanwhile, are 5-10 and 5-8 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen La Salle go 5-7 and the Owls go 5-7 on the totals.

View Temple Owls vs La Salle Explorers Odds and Stats.

La Salle opened as -7-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 150-ranked Explorers and the No. 167-rated Owls in this matchup.

Temple lost its last outing, a 69-58 result against Cincinnati on January 14. They covered in that game as a 14.5-point underdog. Temple got 21 points from Dalton Pepper but lost anyway, 69-58, to Cincinnati on Tuesday at Fifth Third Arena.

La Salle was a 72-62 winner in its last match at home against Rhode Island. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as favorites. Tyreek Duren scored 15 points leading the Explorers to a 72-62 victory over Rhode Island at Tom Gola Arena on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Owls is ranked No. 118 in NCAA hoops at 36.53 per game. Contrast that with La Salle’s No. 112 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, La Salle is the No. 143-ranked team in the country at 5.94 per game, while Temple rates No. 93 at 6.8 per game.

A few Owls at Explorers trends to consider:
Temple is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Temple is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games when playing La Salle
Temple is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing La Salle
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Temple's last 5 games when playing La Salle
La Salle is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
La Salle is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Temple
La Salle is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Temple
The total has gone OVER in 4 of La Salle's last 5 games when playing Temple

Next up:
Temple at Connecticut, Tuesday, January 21st
La Salle at St. Bonaventure, Wednesday, January 22nd