The Cincinnati Bearcats (11-7, 4-2 AAC) head to Temple to take on the Owls (10-7, 2-4 AAC) in what should be a low-scoring game. The game will air on ESPNews at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.
Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Temple Owls Free Prediction
The Bearcats will be hoping for a similar outcome after blowing out the East Carolina Pirates in their last matchup, 82-57. The Bearcats forced 19 turnovers and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 42.1 (above their season average of 31.9). With 16 points on 8-for-14 shooting, Tre Scott was the top scorer from either team.
The last time the Owls played, they were beaten by the SMU Mustangs, 68-52. SMU out-rebounded Temple. The Mustangs had 15 offensive rebounds and 47 total rebounds, while the Owls had seven and 32, respectively. Temple’s Jake Forrester had a good game, leading the team in scoring with 14 points on 5-for-13 shooting.
After the Bearcats won the sole contest against the Owls last season, 72-68, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. Cincinnati’s rebounding was their largest strength. The Bearcats had 16 offensive rebounds and 46 total rebounds, while the Owls had three and 22, respectively.
The inefficient offense of Temple will clash against the stingy defense of Cincinnati. The Owls rank 313th in offensive efficiency, while the Bearcats are 46th in defensive efficiency. The Bearcats figure to have the advantage on that end of the court.
Cincinnati at Temple Betting Pick
Basketball Prediction: ATS Winner – Cincinnati, O/U – Under
Cincinnati averages 38.8 rebounds per game, which ranks 55th in the NCAA. Temple ranks 241st in rebounds allowed per game (38.2).
The Bearcats rank 96th in three pointers allowed per game (20.8) while the Owls rank 260th (26.8).
Cincinnati ranks 48th in blocks per game (4.3) while Temple ranks 144th in blocks allowed per game (4.2).
The Bearcats average 14.9 assists per game, which ranks 51st in the nation. The Owls rank 142nd in assists allowed per game (12.9).
Temple averages 8.1 steals per game, which ranks 41st in the NCAA. Cincinnati ranks 127th in steals allowed per game (6.7).
The Bearcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 10.8, up from 7.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Owls have scored an average of 57.2 points per game (10.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.8 points per game (3.4 above their season average).