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1/1/2014 8:26:00 AM
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Temple Owls are both coming off breaks of more than a week, as the two teams prepare to face off Wednesday night. How have we decided to look at this matchup with our NCAA Basketball picks?
Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this
American Athletic Conference affair, with the opening tipoff scheduled for 8:00
p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Scoring the basketball
Temple has scored 80 or more points in five of its last six games,
which includes a 101-65 blowout victory over LIU Brooklyn at the Barclays
Center on Dec. 21.
The Owls have four probable starters averaging in double figures,
with junior guard Will Cummings leading the way at 17.7 points a contest.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the team is 5-3 SU and 4-4 ATS as
road favorites of three or fewer points, with the OVER going 5-1 in that
Return of the Mack
Rutgers has won back-to-back games, including a 75-72 victory over
Army on Dec. 22, as the team connected on 27 of 60 shots from the field.
Junior guard Myles Mack led the charge in scoring a team-high 18
points, while he ranks sixth in the AAC in averaging 16.5 points a contest.
Mack also ranks second in the conference in steals and fourth in
three-point field goals made.
Renewing the series
Both of these teams were previously in the Atlantic 10 Conference
together from 1982-95, while the Owls hold a 32-18 SU advantage in the overall
The all-time series is tied 11-11 on Rutgers’ home court—with the
host covering the number in the last four meetings.
Winning the battle on the glass
College basketball handicappers need to take a long look at the
Scarlet Knights as home underdogs, as they’ve won five of seven games when
finishing with an edge on the glass, while they’ve dropped all five when losing
Rutgers enters with a +2.0 rebounding margin, while Temple is on
the short end of that statistical category at -1.4.
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total with their NCAA basketball picks, as the Scarlet
Knights have gone OVER the betting total in their last six opportunities.
College Basketball Pick: Over