South Carolina vs. Temple Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, this game is considered even, as both teams aren’t giving any points to the other. The over/under total is listed at 146.5 points. Tonight’s game takes place from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York and will air live on ESPNU.
Temple is coming off an 87-83 loss to Lasalle last weekend to snap a three-game win streak. The Owls are now 3-1 overall and 3-1 against the spread. Temple is averaging 78.5 points per game this season while giving up 71.5 per contest. The Owls are being led by Shizz Alston Jr., who is putting up 18.3 points per game while Quinton Rose is adding 17.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest.
South Carolina is coming off a 78-61 win at Florida International this past weekend to improve to 5-1 on the season. The Gamecocks are 4-1-1 against the spread so far on the season as well, failing to cover in their lone loss. South Carolina is putting up 75.5 points per game this season while allowing 60.7 per contest. Chris Silva is leading the team with 14 points and 8 rebounds per game while Malik Kotsar is adding 11 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
The home team has won and covered in the last four meetings between these two teams. This game will be at a neutral site, where Temple is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight. However, South Carolina isn’t bad either, going 37-18-1 ATS in their last 56 at a neutral site. South Carolina is also 6-0 ATS in their last six against a winning team. I think the Gamecocks have the edge with their postseason experience from a year ago. The public betting seems to like Temple at MSG, but I think South Carolina gets it done.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: SOUTH CAROLINA EVEN