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Temple Owls vs Villanova Wildcats Betting Matchup Report

Villanova WildcatsTemple Owls
18-2February 01, 2014, 04:00 | Liacouras Center6-13

The Temple Owls will try to cover the spread at Liacouras Center on Saturday when they get a visit from the Villanova Wildcats in NCAA basketball action.

The Owls bring a 6-13 record (8-9 ATS) to this tilt against the 18-2 Wildcats, who are 13-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Temple go 8-8 so far and the Wildcats go 13-5.

View Villanova Wildcats vs Temple Owls Odds and Stats.

Temple opened as 11.5-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The Owls sit at No. 245 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Wildcats sit at No. 16 on the same chart.

Last time out for Villanova, they were a 65-60 winner as they battled Georgetown on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 6-point favorite. Villanova got 16 points from James Bell en route to a 65-60 victory over Georgetown on Monday at Verizon Center.

Temple was an 88-82 winner in its last match at home against Rutgers. They covered the 4.5-point spread as favorites. The Owls got 21 points from Will Cummings as Temple ran past Rutgers 88-82 on Wednesday at Liacouras Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Wildcats is ranked No. 46 in NCAA hoops at 38.2 per game. Contrast that with Temple’s No. 150 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Temple is the No. 96-ranked team in the country at 6.63 per game, while Villanova rates No. 7 at 8.9 per game.

A few Wildcats at Owls trends to consider:
Villanova is 12-4 ATS in its last 16 games
Villanova is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Villanova's last 10 games
Villanova is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Temple is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Temple is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
Temple is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
Temple is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Villanova

Next up:
Villanova home to Xavier, Monday, February 3rd
Temple at Southern Methodist, Thursday, February 6th