Cincinnati vs. Temple Pick
Is No. 19 Cincinnati going to be able to cover a nearly double-digit spread on the road when it faces Temple tonight at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Cincinnati is favored on the road tonight, as the Bears are getting odds of -8 points against Temple. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 138.5 points. Tonight’s game takes place from the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and will air live on ESPN2.
Cincinnati is on a five-game win streak right now following an impressive 82-48 thrashing of Memphis last weekend. The Bearcats are now 12-2 overall, 1-0 in the AAC and 6-5 against the spread. Cincy has covered in three of its last four lined games. The Bearcats are averaging 80.9 points per game on offense while allowing 59.1 per contest. Jacob Evans is averaging 13.5 points per game to lead the Cats while Gary Clark is adding 12.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest.
Temple has lost its last three, including a 76-73 loss at Houston this past weekend. The Owls are now 7-6 on the season, 0-2 in the AAC and 5-7-1 against the spread. Temple is just 1-6-1 ATS in its last eight. The Owls are putting up 72.4 points per game on offense while allowing 72.5 per game on defense. Quinton Rose is leading Temple with 16.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while Shizz Alston Jr. is adding 15.2 points per contest.
Cincinnati has won two straight meetings with Temple, but the Owls are 4-0-1 against the spread in the last five meetings. Cincinnati is 0-3-1 ATS in its last 4 trips to Temple as well. While the Bearcats have been playing well lately, they are just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games. Temple is going to be desperate for a win tonight to avoid going down 0-3 in conference play. While the Owls may not have what it takes to win outright, I think they will keep this game competitive. The public betting is backing Temple slightly tonight and I agree.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: TEMPLE +8