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South Florida Bulls face Temple Owls: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

South Florida BullsTemple Owls
9-6January 09, 2014, 07:00 | Liacouras Center5-7

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Thursday when the Bulls of South Florida hit the hard court against the Owls of Temple.

The Owls sport a record of 5-7 and 4-6 ATS heading into this battle, while the Bulls have 9-6 and 4-8 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 4-5 for the Owls and 3-8 for the Bulls.

View South Florida Bulls vs Temple Owls Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Temple Owls as -6.5-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

This game puts the Owls, most recently No. 125 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Bulls, who rate No. 306 in the latest survey.

South Florida lost its last outing, a 67-58 result against Houston on January 4. They failed to cover in that game as a 5.5-point favorite. South Florida suffered a 67-58 loss against Houston on Saturday, getting 11 points from Martino Brock in a losing effort at Sun Dome.

Temple was a 78-76 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Central Florida. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. Temple got 31 points from Will Cummings en route to a 78-76 loss at the hands of Temple on Saturday at CFE Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Temple's No. 47-ranked scoring average of 78.42 PPG, against a Bulls defense rated No. 109 and allowing 68.27 PPG. The Owls FG% has averaged 45.36% to date this season, more than the Bulls shooters have managed so far (44.81% per game).

Next up:
South Florida at Southern Methodist, Wednesday, January 15th
Temple at Memphis, Saturday, January 11th