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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Scarlet Knights underdogs vs Owls at Temple

Rutgers Scarlet KnightsTemple Owls
8-12January 29, 2014, 07:00 | Liacouras Center5-13

The Temple Owls host Rutgers on Wednesday, looking to build on their 5-13 mark against the 8-12 Scarlet Knights in college hoops action at Liacouras Center.

This season, the Owls are 5-13 overall and 7-9 ATS, while the Scarlet Knights are 8-12 and 8-10 ATS. As for the totals, Temple boasts a 7-8 on the OU, and Rutgers is 10-8.

View Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Temple Owls Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Owls installed as -4-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Owls sit at No. 245 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Scarlet Knights sit at No. 222 on the same chart.

Rutgers lost its last outing, an 82-71 result against Connecticut on January 25. They failed to cover in that game as a 6-point underdog. The Scarlet Knights endured an 82-71 loss at the hands of the Huskies on Saturday, despite a 19-point effort from Kadeem Jack at Louis Brown Athletic Center.

In their last action, Temple was an 80-76 loser at home against Cincinnati. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs. Dalton Pepper chucked in a team-high 33 points for Temple on Sunday, but they still came up short in losing 80-76 at Liacouras Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Scarlet Knights is ranked No. 73 in NCAA hoops at 37.1 per game. Contrast that with Temple’s No. 138 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Temple is the No. 98-ranked team in the country at 6.67 per game, while Rutgers rates No. 115 at 6.35 per game.

A few Scarlet Knights at Owls trends to consider:
Rutgers is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Rutgers is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Rutgers is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Rutgers is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Temple is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Temple is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home
Temple is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Rutgers
Temple is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Rutgers

Next up:
Rutgers home to Houston, Saturday, February 1st
Temple at Villanova, Saturday, February 1st