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Southern Methodist Mustangs vs Temple Owls Preview

Temple OwlsSouthern Methodist Mustangs
6-14February 06, 2014, 08:00 | Moody Coliseum17-5

The visiting Temple Owls hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Moody Coliseum against the Southern Methodist Mustangs.

The Owls will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 8-10 ATS against the number this season, while the Mustangs are 12-5-1 ATS. Temple is 9-8 on the totals; Southern Methodist is 7-11.

View Temple Owls vs Southern Methodist Mustangs Odds and Stats.

The Owls were listed as 14.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 65-ranked Mustangs and the No. 250-rated Owls in this matchup.

In their last action, Temple was a 90-74 loser at home against Villanova. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as underdogs. Temple suffered a 90-74 loss against Villanova on Saturday, getting 24 points from Will Cummings in a losing effort at Liacouras Center.

Southern Methodist won its last outing, an 87-72 result against Memphis on February 1. They covered in that game as a 3-point favorite. The Mustangs got a 21-point performance from Markus Kennedy, who added 15 rebounds, as Southern Methodist ran past Memphis 87-72 on Saturday at Moody Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Owls is ranked No. 133 in NCAA hoops at 35.55 per game. Contrast that with Southern Methodist’s No. 50 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Southern Methodist is the No. 241-ranked team in the country at 4.45 per game, while Temple rates No. 95 at 6.75 per game.

Next up:
Temple at Houston, Sunday, February 9th
Southern Methodist at Cincinnati, Saturday, February 8th