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Temple Owls vs Louisville Cardinals Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Louisville CardinalsTemple Owls
19-4February 13, 2014, 07:00 | Liacouras Center6-16

A key college battle sees the visiting Louisville Cardinals travelling to Temple Thursday to take on the Owls.

The Owls currently sports a 6-16 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 8-12 ATS. The Cardinals are 19-4 and 11-10 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Owls produce a 10-9 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Cardinals have gone 11-9 against the number.

View Louisville Cardinals vs Temple Owls Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Owls installed as 14-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Owls - Cardinals odds would favor the Cardinals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Temple is rated No. 279 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Louisville is at No. 3.

Louisville won its last outing, a 77-62 result against Houston on February 5. They covered in that game as a 14.5-point favorite. Louisville got 17 points from Russ Smith en route to a 77-62 victory over Houston on Wednesday at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Temple was an 88-74 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Houston. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Temple suffered an 88-74 loss against Houston on Sunday, getting 17 points from Dalton Pepper in a losing effort at Hofheinz Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Temple's No. 78-ranked offense, averaging 74.59 PPG, against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 19 at 62.43 PPG. The Owls field goal percentage has averaged 43.43% so far, less than the Cardinals marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.55% per game.

A few Cardinals at Owls trends to consider:
Louisville is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Louisville is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Louisville is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Louisville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Temple is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Temple is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Temple's last 6 games
Temple is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Louisville home to Rutgers, Sunday, February 16th
Temple at Southern Methodist, Sunday, February 16th