The Temple Owls (11-10, 3-6 AAC) head to Memphis to play the Tigers (16-5, 5-3 AAC) in what should be a low-scoring game. The game will air on CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.
Temple Owls vs. Memphis Tigers ATS Prediction
The Owls will be hoping for a similar result after topping the East Carolina Pirates in their last outing, 76-64. Getting to the free throw line was one of Temple’s biggest advantages. They made 27 trips to the line, while East Carolina went 19 times. Temple rallied around J.P. Moorman II, who finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The last time the Tigers played, they defeated the UConn Huskies, 70-63. One of Memphis’ largest advantages was getting to the charity stripe. They had 27 free throw attempts, while UConn had 16. With 14 points and eight rebounds, Memphis’ Lester Quinones had a good game.
After splitting two games last season, these teams will meet for the first time this year. In the most recent matchup, the Tigers won 81-73. Memphis did a fantastic job of getting and making free throws (18-25; 72.0 percent). Temple, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (14.1 vs. 21.2).
This battle figures to be low-scoring as two of the nation’s premier defenses clash. Memphis currently ranks third in defensive efficiency (86.4) and Temple is 48th (93.3).
Temple vs. Memphis ATS Pick
College Basketball Prediction: ATS Winner – Temple, O/U – Over
Memphis averages 40.4 rebounds per game, which ranks 20th in the nation. Temple ranks 233rd in rebounds allowed per game (38.0).
The Owls average 8.0 steals per game, which ranks 45th in the nation. The Tigers rank 205th in steals allowed per game (7.9).
Memphis ranks third in blocks per game (6.6) while Temple ranks 162nd in blocks allowed per game (4.3).
The Tigers rank 162nd in three pointers allowed per game (22.0) while the Owls rank 273rd (25.7).
Memphis averages 14.5 assists per game, which ranks 67th in the nation. Temple ranks 144th in assists allowed per game (12.9).
The Owls have been outscored by an average of 6.6 points in their last five games. On the season, Temple has defeated opponents by an average of 2.7 points.
During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 59.8 points per game (13.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 64.6 points per game (1.0 above their season average).