The George Washington Colonials (3-4) and the Temple Owls (4-1) square off at Verizon Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 3, 2017.
Temple Owls vs. George Washington Colonials Betting Preview
In the Owls last game, they beat the South Carolina Gamecocks, 76-60. With 20 points and 10 rebounds, Temple’s Damion Moore played well. Temple dominated every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.233 (below their season average of 0.235) and a turnover percentage of 16.8 (worse than their season average of 15.2). For those same stats, South Carolina was 0.172 and 21.2, respectively.
The Colonials hope to maintain momentum after defeating the Morgan State Bears in their last game, 73-66. With 26 points on 9-for-16 shooting, Yuta Watanabe was the games high scorer. George Washington dominated every stat category in the game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.296 (above their season average of 0.181) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.528 (above their season average of 0.480). For those same stats, Morgan State was 0.214 and 0.482, respectively.
Half-court execution will be critical when two of the nation’s slowest-paced teams square off. George Washington ranks 320th in possessions per game (66.1) and Temple is 255th (68.3) since last season. Additionally, the Owls rank 54th in turnover percentage (16.9 percent), while the Colonials rank 325th in opponents turnover percentage (16.3 percent).
In terms of the O/U total, these teams are complete opposites. Temple games have gone over 60.0 percent of the time, while games involving George Washington have gone under 75.0 percent of the time. The Owls come into this game with considerably better straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 4-1 SU and 4-1 ATS, while the Colonials are 3-4 SU and 1-3 ATS.
The Colonials won the lone contest against the Owls last season, 66-63. The Colonials dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 37.9 and a free throw rate of 0.132. For those same stats, the Owls were 16.1 and 0.093, respectively.
Temple Owls vs. George Washington Colonials Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Temple, ATS Winner – Temple, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Owls rank 49th in three pointers attempted per game (24.7) while the Colonials rank 181st (21.0).
- Temple ranks 116th in assists per game (14.3) while George Washington ranks 211th in assists allowed per game (13.9).
- George Washington ranks 48th in rebounds allowed per game (32.7) while Temple ranks 262nd (37.6).
- The Owls rank 66th in steals allowed per game (5.5) while the Colonials rank 232nd (6.8).
- George Washington averages 4.2 blocks per game, which ranks 63rd in the nation. Temple ranks 228th in blocks allowed per game (4.0).