Temple Owls 3-1 vs South Carolina Gamecocks (5-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 30th, 9:00 PM @ Madison Square Garden
Line: Temple Owls +1.5 — Over/Under — 144
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Both South Carolina Gamecocks and Temple Owls will step into unfamiliar territory tonight as they will go on the road to meet for college basketball action at Madison Square Garden, New York. This will be the second game of the Under Armour Reunion. The Gamecocks have won three back to back games, including a 78-61 win over FIU on Monday. The Owls roll in with an 87-83 loss against La Salle on Sunday.
Last season, South Carolina won 26 games and went to the Final Four. They look for another victory to improve their 5-1 record. The South Carolina Gamecocks, average 75.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allow 60.7 points on 39.5 percent shooting.
They bounced back to beat UTEP and Western Michigan after an early loss to Illinois State in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. They also defeated Florida International on the road led by 26 points and 10 rebounds from junior Chris Silva, while sophomore Malik Kotsar contributed 16 points, six rebounds and six assists. The Gamecocks shot 52.5 percent from the field and outrebounded the Panthers by 14. They also held FIU to 41.5 percent shooting and caused 15 turnovers.
South Carolina averages 75.5 points per game on 44.3 percent shooting (35.8% 3pt). They allow 60.7 points per game on 39.5 percent shooting (30.8% 3pt). Silva leads with an average of 14 points and 8 rebounds per game, while shooting 59.5 percent from the field (16 turnovers). Frank Booker (guard) and Kotsar both are averaging 11 points, while Booker makes 40.5 percent of his three-point attempts, and Justin Minaya is grabbing 4.5 rebounds.
The Gamecocks, shoot 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 66.2 percent from the free throw line, and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game. They have won six of their last eight neutral site games.
Temple has won back to back victories over ODU, Auburn and Clemson and they look for another statement win to build on their solid 3-1 record. The Owls couldn’t hold onto an 11-point lead in the second half and fell by four from Tom Gola Arena. Quinton Rose led Temple with 21 points and seven boards on 10-of-17 shooting. Shizz Alston Jr. gave 18 points, while Obi Enechinyia chipped in with 16 points on 4-5 from 3-point range.
Temple averages 78.5 points per game, shoots 41.8 percent from 3-point range (27th) and 46.2 percent from the field. They allow 71.5 points per game and 41.7 percent shooting (27.8% 3pt).
Shizz Alston Jr. is averaging 18.3 points and 2.8 assists while Quinton Rose averages 17.5 points and 7.3 rebounds. Obi Enechionyia is another double-digit scorer and Josh Brown is contributing four assists. The Temple Owls are shooting 41.8 percent from beyond the arc and 81.2 percent from the free throw line. The Temple Owls are allowing 27.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31 rebounds per game. The Temple Owls have won six of their last seven neutral site games.
Free College Basketball Prediction South Carolina vs. Temple
South Carolina almost went the difference last year, but they don’t seem to have it clicking as of yet. They still play solid defense, but they just aren’t finding the bottom of the basket. Heading into Temple with a young team that has a lot of confidence might be tougher than anticipated. A lot of average joe’s will go ahead and bet South Carolina with the big name, but don’t be surprised when the Owls win outright.
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