NCAA Basketball Picks Louisville vs. Temple

Jeff Grant

Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:47 PM GMT

The Louisville Cardinals have been known to play their best basketball in February, as they prepare to take on the Temple Owls Thursday. Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this American Athletic Conference matchup at the Liacouras Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Back on the court

Louisville is back on the court for the first time since Feb. 5, as it looks to extend its current winning streak to three games—picking up a 77-62 victory over the Houston Cougars as 14.5-point road favorites last time out.

The Cardinals are 37-10 SU in February since the 2007-08 campaign, while also posting a dominating 42-24 mark on the road in conference play the last eight seasons.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 7-0 SU and 5-1-1 ATS as road favorites of 12.5 or more points in the NCAA basketball odds.

Troubling times

Temple has dropped 11 of its last 12 games, which is a bit surprising due to being the only Division I team with four players averaging 14 or more points a contest.

The Owls receive 83 percent of their offensive production from their starting lineup, with senior guard Dalton Pepper leading the way at 17.5 points a game.

College basketball handicappers will find that the team is 1-12 SU and 5-7 ATS as underdogs this season.

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Taking care of the basketball

The Cardinals are third in the country with a +6.7 turnover margin, while sitting 30th in terms of averaging just 10.6 miscues per game.

Louisville is dominant in this statistical category due to its defensive pressure—leading directly to scoring 22.2 points a contest off turnovers.

Usually a great month

The Owls have compiled a 41-18 SU record during this particular calendar month since head coach Frank Dunphy took over the program in 2006, including a 27-5 mark when playing at home.

Temple has failed to cover the number in 20 of its last 29 home games, while the OVER is on a 16-5 run in that situation.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cardinals as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as they’ve gone 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games versus teams with a wining percentage of .400 or below.

Pick: Louisville Cardinals -14

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