Temple Owls vs. Saint Joseph’s Hawks Betting Prediction

Daniel GimenezArticles, Basketball, College Basketball

The Temple Owls (6-1) will travel to Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena to clash against the Saint Joseph’s Hawks (4-3). The game starts at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 1, 2018, and will air on NBC Sports Network.

Temple Owls at Saint Joseph’s Hawks ATS Odds

Both teams were triumphant in their last game. The Hawks beat the UIC Flames 89-75, while the Owls barely escaped the Missouri Tigers 79-77.

Temple’s turnover percentage was their largest strength over Missouri. The Owls had a rate of 6.9 (better than their season average of 15.2), while the Tigers posted a mark of 20.3. Meanwhile, Saint Joseph’s dominated nearly every facet of their game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.600 (above their season average of 0.239) and a turnover percentage of 8.2 (better than their season average of 10.7). UIC recorded marks of 0.182 and 15.1, respectively, for those same stats. Saint Joseph’s was lifted by Lamarr Kimble, who put up 31 points. Quinton Rose had a good outing for Temple, finishing with 18 points.

The Owls won the sole contest between these two teams last season, 81-78. Temple had a much better turnover percentage (7.4 vs. 15.7). Saint Joseph’s, meanwhile, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (25.6 vs. 23.3).

Temple could put on a ball-control clinic in this battle. Since last season, Temple ranks 25th in the country at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.1 percent), while Saint Joseph’s has forced the 42nd-fewest turnovers (16.6 percent).

Temple Owls at Saint Joseph’s Hawks Odds Pick

Pick: SU Winner – Saint Joseph’s, ATS Winner – Temple, O/U – Under

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Temple averages 23.4 three pointers per game, which ranks 109th in the country. Saint Joseph’s ranks 320th in three pointers allowed per game (27.8).
  • The Hawks allow the 13th-fewest steals per game (4.8) while the Owls rank 45th (5.3).
  • Temple blocks 3.1 opponent shots per game, which is ranked 171st in the country. Saint Joseph’s ranks 182nd in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
  • The Hawks rank 105th in rebounds per game (36.8) while the Owls rank 263rd in rebounds allowed per game (37.2).
  • Temple ranks 141st in assists allowed per game (13.0) while Saint Joseph’s ranks 275th (15.1).