Temple Owls To Make De Paul's Stay At South Beach Unpleasant

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Saturday, December 10, 2016 3:02 PM GMT

The Temple Owls and DePaul Blue Demons escape the frigid northern climes for this respite in South Beach. But, don’t expect the Owls to be looking at this as a vacation after their midweek performance and their prime time encounter on Tuesday.

Temple Owls vs DePaul Blue Demons  

DePaul has a storied history going back to the days when they were coached by the legendary Ray Meyer, who was followed by his son Joey. But, that was then and this is now!  After a failed experiment with noted program builder, Oliver Purnell, the Blue Demons opted for Dave Leitao, who was an epic failure the first time he led the Blue Demons. Now in the 2nd year of his 2nd tenure, his team is again ticketed for the bottom of the Big East.  A 9-22 SU maiden voyage included 3-15 SU in the Big East. The alumni were unhappy as well, as they went 10-19 ATS (a major dent in their pocketbooks). Last year, DePaul was outscored on average 75-67.

The Blue Demons have the veteran backcourt with their only 2 RS, Garrett and Cain.  But, they remain young and inexperienced. To date, results have been less than rewarding. Victories have come against virtual non-entities, Bobby Mo, Wisc-Milwaukee, Missouri St., Drake and Lamar. In their only 2 tests, they lost by 7 at home to Rutgers, then on the road at Northwestern, where they trailed 54-18 at the half. In Leitao 2, DePaul is now 12-23 ATS overall and 6-18 ATS vs. winning teams. Today’s opponent, the Temple Owls, clearly falls into that category.

If you tune into ESPN for this one and are expecting to see the Owls of old, under former HC Cheney, you will be disappointed. The days of half-court offense for the Owls are long gone with 11th year HC Dunphy, the former Penn mentor, changing with the times and adopting full-court ways.  After a 21-12 SU season of last, that included 14-4 SU in the AAC, culminating with an NCAA bid, many ticketed the Owls for a fallback year to the middle of the pack with just 2 RS. Dunphy entered the year, losing 2 backcourt starters from a team with no proven backups on the perimeter. Three of 4 Temple lead scorers departed. To date, however, the Owls are a clear example of why coaching is such an integral part of handicapping college basketball. 

What originally appeared to be a potential flat spot on the schedule has now become a far more important game. After the Owls ripped off a 5-game winning streak, including outright victories against Florida St. and WVU as double digit dog (that will build your March resume) and a pair of Big 5 wins, they stubbed their toe against fast-declining George Washington. They lost a 66-63 game at home when G. Washington knocked down 50% of their triples. With Villanova looming on Tuesday and the Big 5 Title on the line, expect a razor-sharp, bounce back Temple performance and ensuing double digit victory against a Blue Demon team, who still has not escaped purgatory.

I invite you to put the NCAA Basketball ODDS in your favor and join me in my NCAA Basketball PICK on Temple today.

Free NCAA Pick: Temple -7

Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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