The Temple Owls (4-2) will be at home in Liacouras Center when they go head-to-head against the Wisconsin Badgers (4-5). The games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 134 points with Temple opening as a 4-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
Wisconsin Badgers at Temple Owls Odds Preview
The Badgers edged the Penn State Nittany Lions in their last game, 64-63. Khalil Iverson led Wisconsin in scoring with 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting. Wisconsin’s 0.490 effective field goal percentage was their biggest advantage over Penn State, who had a rate of 0.375. The Badgers mark was below their season average of 0.516, while the Nittany Lions was below their season average of 0.524.
In the Owls last matchup, they were defeated by the George Washington Colonials, 71-67. Quinton Rose was the games high scorer with 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting. George Washington had a better free throw rate (0.178 vs. 0.130). Temple, meanwhile, forced the Colonials into a turnover percentage of 25.1 (above their season average of 16.3).
Half-court execution will be at a premium when a pair of the nation’s slowest-paced teams go head-to-head. Temple ranks 267th in possessions per game (68.2) and Wisconsin is 343rd (64.7) since the 2016-17 season.
Of Wisconsin’s 8 games with betting action, four have finished under the O/U total, while 4 of Temple’s 6 games have finished over the O/U total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Owls have a sizable advantage. They are 4-2 SU and 4-2 ATS, while the Badgers are 4-5 SU and 3-5 ATS.
Wisconsin Badgers vs. Temple Owls Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Wisconsin, ATS Winner – Wisconsin, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Badgers rank fourth in three pointers allowed per game (17.5) while the Owls rank 136th (20.8).
- Wisconsin ranks 30th in rebounds allowed per game (31.1) while Temple ranks 254th (37.4).
- The Owls rank 92nd in blocks per game (3.9) while the Badgers rank 253rd (3.3).
- Wisconsin ranks 30th in assists allowed per game (10.3) while Temple ranks 182nd (13.5).