Temple vs. Belmont Prediction
Which No. 11 seed will advance to Thursday’s round of the NCAA Tournament when Belmont faces Temple in the First Four tonight at 9:10PM ET?
671 Belmont vs. 672 Temple
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
9:10PM ET – University of Dayton Arena
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Belmont is the favorite, as the Bruins are getting odds of -3.5 points against Temple. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 155 points. The public betting currently has 64 percent going on Belmont as the favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Temple falls to Wichita State
Temple finished tied for third in the American Athletic Conference this season and then lost to Wichita State during the conference tournament. The Owls are just 2-3 against the spread in their last five. Temple is 23-9 on the season, 2-2 on a neutral floor, 15-15-2 against the spread and 18-14 with the over.
The Owls are average on both offense and defense. With the ball, Temple is averaging 74.8 points per game while shooting 43.9 percent as a team. Defensively, the Owls are giving up 71.2 points per game while opponents shoot 44.1 percent against them. Shizz Alston Jr. is leading the team with 19.7 points and 5.0 assists per game while Quinton Rose is adding 16.5 points per contest.
Belmont ends win streak
Belmont had a 14-game win streak come to an end when it lost to Murray State in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. The Bruins were the regular-season league champs. Belmont is 26-5 on the season, 1-1 on a neutral floor, 19-10-1 against the spread and 16-14 with the over.
The Bruins are one of the best offensive teams in the country, scoring 87.4 points per game while shooting 49.9 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from the arc. Defensively, Belmont is giving up 73.9 points per game while opponents shoot 42.5 percent against them. Dylan Windler is leading the team with 21.4 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Kevin McClain is adding 16.3 points and 4.1 assists per contest.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Owls are 14-6 against the spread in their last 20 neutral site games and just 1-4 ATS in their last five non-conference games.
The Bruins are 12-5 against the spread in their last 17 non-conference games, but just 2-5 ATS in their last seven NCAA Tournament games.
If the Belmont offense lets them down tonight, the Bruins won’t win. However. Coming off just a 65-point performance, I expect Belmont’s offense to really be explosive tonight. Temple just gave up 80 points to Wichita State and the Owls don’t have a shutdown defense. I expect Belmont to be able to control the pace and run past Temple with their ability to score.
College Basketball Prediction: Belmont -3.5