Memphis Tigers (12-6) vs Temple Owls (14-4)Date : 01/24/2019
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : The Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Memphis Tigers vs Temple Owls
The Memphis Tigers will travel to The Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to battle the Temple Owls on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in an AAC Showdown. Since losing their first conference game of the season vs the Central Florida Knights, the Temple Owls have certainly been on a conference run as they won four straight games leading up to their matchup with the Pennsylvania Quakers at home. Nonetheless, when all was said and done, the Temple Owls fell by 7 points as the Quakers were in total control throughout the course of the game as Temple not only allowed Pennsylvania 52% shooting from the floor on the night, but, the visitors were also able to connect on 12 3-pointers as Jakub Mijakowski came off the bench in which to go 4-6 from long-range while chipping in 14 points in an outstanding effort. On the other hand, AJ Brodeur along with Devin Goodwin, led the team with 15 and 14 points, respectively, in the huge victory for the Quakers.
The Memphis Tigers find themselves one slot behind the Temple Owls within the AAC conference as they enter the game winners of eight of their last 10 games, overall, including three straight as they picked up a win over the Southern Methodist Mustangs in their last time out as the Tigers went up by 17 points at the half while cruising to victory in the second behind 21 points from Kareem Brewton Jr., who went 6 – 11 from three-point range on the night to spark the Tigers on the offensive end.
Memphis Tigers's Latest Performance :
And while the defense for Memphis has certainly had its issues on the road recently, they have allowed opponents to score just 70 points during their current three-game winning streak. On the other hand, the offense has been clicking on all cylinders as they are averaging 80 points during this time. Despite their offensive play, the Tigers put in a masterful defensive performance versus a struggling SMU Mustang squad in their last outing at home as the visitors shot horribly from the floor in addition to being heavily outrebounded. Also, the Mustangs committed a whopping 21 turnovers on the night en route to the defeat.
Jimmy Whitt Jr along with Isiaha Mike led the team with 12 and 10 points for a Mustangs team that fell to sixth place within the conference with the loss. On the other hand, Brewton Jr. led the team with 20 points while Tyler Harris came off the bench in which the score 14 points to provide a lift to the Tigers in the much-needed conference win.They will certainly need to be sharper, moving forward, as they not only have to matchup against a Temple Owls team that will certainly be looking to get back on the winning track on Thursday, but, will also pull the Central Florida Knights this weekend in what will be a very interesting and exciting match-up.
Nonetheless, the Tigers will be looking to continue their outstanding play on both ends of the floor, beginning on Thursday as they were able to sneak out a three-point victory in their last meeting with the Owls on January of 2018.
Temple Owls's Latest Performance :
Temple received 21 points along with 15 rebounds from Ernest Aflakpui while also obtaining double-digit nights from three additional players in their matchup versus the Pennsylvania Quakers. Nonetheless, this would not be enough as the Owls ended the game shooting just 43% from the floor while connecting on three of 17 3-point attempts on the night. As stated, the Quakers received huge games from not only their starters in this contest, but also received a huge lifts off the bench from their reserves in which to pick up a confidence-building win.
In all, the last matchup for the Temple Owls was simply a testament has to how inconsistent they have been on the offensive end as they enter their matchup with Pennsylvania scoring 80 or more points in each of their last two outings, prior. Nonetheless, the Owls will be looking to get back on track in this matchup versus the Memphis Tigers as conference positioning will certainly be at Play. Temple has won three of the last four home games leading into this matchup while Memphis has allowed 85 points per game in their last two road games, overall.
How Memphis Tigers & Temple Owls Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Memphis is 10 – 7 – 1 ATS while the OU is 11 – 7
Temple is 7 – 9 – 2 ATS while the OU is 10 – 8
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be a highly competitive and possibly low-scoring matchup amongst these two conference teams as each will be vying for a victory in what has become a very interesting season for the AAC. Temple has been up and down on both ends of the court this season, yet continues to rely on their defense in which to limit offensive opportunities for their opponents. On the other hand, the Tigers also rely on their defense as well in which to keep them competitive; However, their offense has really stepped things up recently, thus making the Tigers a truly dangerous team at this point in the season.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Memphis Tigers
My reason for the pick :
I will back in Memphis in this contest as Temple has simply been to up and down on both ends of the floor in which to back, in any instance. And while Memphis has certainly regressed a bit on the road, particularly as it relates to defensive efficiency, with the way in which the Owls continue to struggle on this end, look for them to have a solid night throughout as they will rely on their defense to obtain critical stops while the offense will push the pace constantly in which to pick up easy buckets in transition and / or get to the free-throw line throughout the contest en route to the victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
The over has been the play in the majority of games for both the squads and I expect these trends to continue in this contest as I certainly see it as being an up-and-down, fast-paced matchup throughout. As stated, Memphis will certainly push the pace in this contest in which to catch Temple on its heels while the Owls will follow the same type of philosophy as well as Memphis, despite a few setbacks here and there, continues to allow opponents to shoot just 40% from the floor on a nightly basis. In all, look for the total to be surpassed in this contest as I certainly see both teams having their fair share of opportunities to either pick up buckets in transition, or, convert opportunities at the free-throw line.
Betting trends for Memphis Tigers:
- The Tigers are 1-3 against the spread in last 4 games
- The over is 4-2 in Tigers last six games
Betting trends for Temple Owls:
- The Owls are 4-2-1 against the spread in last 7 games
- The over is 6-0 in Owls last six games