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Temple Owls host Connecticut Huskies in college basketball action

Connecticut HuskiesTemple Owls
20-5February 20, 2014, 09:00 | Liacouras Center7-17

The Temple Owls will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Connecticut Huskies at Liacouras Center on Thursday in NCAA hoops play.

The Huskies will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 12-9-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Owls are 9-13 ATS. Connecticut is 10-12-1 on the totals; Temple is 10-11.

View Connecticut Huskies vs Temple Owls Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Owls installed as 9-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Owls sit at No. 262 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Huskies sit at No. 4 on the same chart.

Connecticut was an 86-81 winner in their most recent outing at home against Memphis. They earned a push of the 5-point spread as favorites. Shabazz Napier went off for 34 points and added 5 rebounds for good measure, leading Connecticut to an 86-81 win over Memphis on Saturday at Gampel Pavilion.

Last time out for Temple, they were a 71-64 winner as they battled Southern Methodist at home. They covered in the match as an 8-point underdog. Dalton Pepper scored 24 points leading the Owls to a 71-64 victory over Southern Methodist at Liacouras Center on Sunday.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Huskies rank No. 85 in NCAA Division 1 with 36.48 per game. That compares with Temple’s No. 116 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Temple is college basketball's No. 107-ranked team at 6.5 per game, while the Huskies rate No. 56 with 7.44 per game.

A few Huskies at Owls trends to consider:
Connecticut is 6-0-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Connecticut is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Connecticut's last 5 games
Connecticut is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Temple is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Temple is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games
Temple is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Connecticut home to Southern Methodist, Sunday, February 23rd
Temple at Memphis, Saturday, February 22nd