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 situation.
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 series.
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 that battle.
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