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Temple Owls vs Bearcats College Hoops Game Preview

Temple OwlsCincinnati Bearcats
5-9January 14, 2014, 09:00 | Fifth Third Arena15-2

A key college battle sees the visiting Temple Owls travelling to Cincinnati Tuesday to take on the Bearcats.

Cincinnati will face the 5-9 Owls, who own a 4-8 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Bearcats are 1-10 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Owls are 5-6 favoring the OVER.

View Temple Owls vs Cincinnati Bearcats Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Bearcats as -15.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Bearcats rated this week at No. 26 and the Owls sitting at No. 167.

Last time out for Temple, they were a 79-69 loser as they battled Memphis at home. They failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point underdog. The Owls got 24 points from Dalton Pepper, but it was Memphis that prevailed in a 79-69 final on Saturday at Liacouras Center.

Last time out for Cincinnati, they were a 71-51 winner as they battled Rutgers at home. They covered in the match as a 13.5-point favorite. Cincinnati cruised to victory on Saturday, running Rutgers out of the gym and running up a 71-51 score at Fifth Third Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Cincinnati's No. 164-ranked scoring average of 71.53 PPG, against a Owls defense rated No. 228 and allowing 75.93 PPG. The Bearcats FG% has averaged 42.34% to date this season, less than the Owls shooters have managed so far (45.04% per game).

A few Owls at Bearcats trends to consider:
Temple is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Temple is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Temple at La Salle, Saturday, January 18th
Cincinnati at South Florida, Saturday, January 18th