Knights vs. Owls Prediction

Central Florida vs. Temple Owls 3/9/19, Prediction & Odds

The 25th-ranked Central Florida Knights have won four in a row including the last two against the top two teams in the American Athletic Conference. Will Central Florida keep rolling today at the Temple Owls?

Game Snapshot

665 Central Florida at 666 Temple Owls

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Liacouras Center at 4PM ET

TV: ESPN2

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Public Betting Information

According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Owls are a 1.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 139 points. As of Saturday morning, 59 percent of public bets are being placed on host Temple. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.

Knights hold on against Bearcats

Central Florida earned a 58-55 home win over Cincinnati Thursday night to improve to 23-6 on the season and 13-4 in the AAC. The Knights led 29-21 at halftime and held off a Bearcats rally attempt after the break. Central Florida shot 22-of-53 from the floor, 6-of-18 from 3-point distance plus 8-of-13 at the free throw line. B.J. Taylor paced the Knights with 22 points on 8-of-19 shooting including 3-of-7 from 3-point range plus 3-of-5 from the free throw line. He also pulled down six rebounds. Tacko Fall added 10 points, six boards and three blocked shots.

Owls record win at Huskies

Temple picked up a 78-71 victory Thursday at UConn to improve to 22-8 overall and 12-5 in conference play. The Owls led 35-30 at halftime en route to the win. Temple shot 27-of-55 from the floor, 7-of-12 from 3-point range plus 17-of-20 at the free throw line. Shizz Alston Jr. led the Owls with 34 points on 12-of-14 shooting including 4-of-5 from 3-point range plus 6-of-6 at the free throw line. He also notched five rebounds and two assists. Quinton Rose tallied 20 points, eight boards and two assists. Nate Pierre-Louis added 13 points and seven caroms.

College Basketball Betting Trends

Central Florida

The Knights are 8-0 ATS in their last eight games overall. Central Florida is 6-1 ATS in its last seven Saturday games.

Temple

The Owls are 1-5-1 ATS in the last seven meetings. The home team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings.

Prediction:

With how hot Central Florida is, it feels like the wrong team is favored. Of course, it could be a trap but the Owls have taken advantage of some weaker competition lately and lost 78-73 at Central Florida earlier this season. I think the Knights are the right play here and feel lucky you are getting points.

 

NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: CENTRAL FLORIDA KNIGHTS +1.5

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