College Basketball Picks

Temple Owls vs Iowa Hawkeyes Pick

When: 3:10 PM ET, Friday, March 18, 2016
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
TV: 3:10 p.m. ET, truTV
Line: Iowa -7.5, Total: 139.5

Temple vs Iowa Preview

Temple (21-11) returns to the tournament after a two-year absence. The Owls have won 13 of their last 17 games after opening with an 8-7 record. The Owls are here because of their defense. Temple limits the opposition to 41.7 shooting from the field and 31.4 percent from 3-point territory. Iowa (21-10) put together an impressive run of 16 wins in 18 games between November and February, but have lost six of its last eight games, including its only game in the Big 10 tournament.
Quenton DeCosey 14 PTS, 5 REB, 38 FG%
Obi Enechionyia 10 PTS, 4 REB, 1 BLK
Jaylen Bond 9 PTS, 8 REB, 0.5 BLK

Jarrod Uthoff 18 PTS, 8 REB, 2.7 BLK
Peter Jok 15 PTS, 4 REB, 42.4 FG%
Mike Gesell 9 PTS, 4 REB, 6.2 AST

The public is 65% on the Temple Owls to cover the spread. The point spread opened at IOWA -6.5. The line movement indicates more money is being placed on the side of the Iowa Hawkeyes to cover.

Iowa is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iowa’s last 5 games
Iowa is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Iowa is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games

Score Prediction:
Iowa 66 – Temple 62

Taking the under in a game that features some sorry shooting teams. This will be a tough game to watch but I will have money on it so it will get some of my attention. I am also taking Temple to keep it close enough to cover.