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Houston Cougars vs Temple Owls 1/2/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The no.12 Houston Cougars of the American Athletic Conference will go against the Temple Owls of the American Athletic Conference in NCAAB action in Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, on Sunday, January 2, 2022, at 5:00 PM (EST).

 

The Houston Cougars had a strong start to the season, going 11-2 to start the regular season. So far, junior guard Marcus Sasser is their leader, but he sustained a year-ending foot injury in their previous match. They are returning from an 80-47 victory over the Texas State Bobcats at home. The fact that they permitted the Bobcats to shoot 33.3 percent from outside the arc throughout the match was the biggest issue.

 

Senior center Josh Carlton (9.8 ppg) led their production in the match, scoring 20 points and being one of four players to score more than 11 points. The defense is outstanding, permitting 37 percent of shots to fall against them and permitting 56 points a game, which is fourth in the country. If they want to succeed, they need to maintain their defensive dominance.

 

  • The University of Houston Cougars is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 matches.
  • Houston is 7-1 SU in their last 8 matches against Temple.
  • The Cougars are 6-0 SU in their last 6 matches in the American Athletic Conference.

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Houston Cougars vs Temple Owls Predictions 1/2/2022

 

The Temple Owls had a good start to the season, going 7-5 to start the regular season. So far, they are led by rookie guard Damian Dunn, which will help them advance during the regular season. They just defeated the Delaware State Hornets 85-48 at home. The fact that they enabled the Hornets to get 13 offensive rebounds during the match was the biggest issue.

 

Freshman Forward Zach Hicks (5.2 ppg) topped their scoring total in the match, scoring 35 ppg, and is one of two players to score in double figures.

 

The defense has to improve their consistency, as they are permitting 39.9% of shots to fall against them and giving up 66 ppg, which ranks them 90th in the country. If they want to succeed here, they must continue to improve on defense.

 

  • The University of Temple Owls is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 matches.
  • The total went UNDER in 8 of Temple’s last 11 matches against Houston.
  • The Owls are 1-8 SU in their last 9 matches in the American Athletic Conference.

#12 Houston Cougars vs Temple Owls. The NCAAB pick for this game is the #12 Houston Cougars. The Houston Cougars are one of the greatest programs in the country right now, as seen by their AP position, and should be able to prevail here.

 

Houston allowed only 54.7 points in their past three matches, while Temple gave up 64.2 points in their previous five matches The Cougars will also have an advantage in shooting percentages, as they are shooting 48 percent from the field as a team, while the Owls are shooting only 40.2 percent.

 

Unfortunately, Houston’s backcourt will be in question, as guards Kyler Edwards (ankle), Marcus Sasser (toe), and Tramon Mark (shoulder) are all out for this match, with the latter two out for the season. Despite this, the Cougars have the size and defensive attitude to take advantage of the situation. Overall, this match is favored by the Houston Cougars -12.5. The Cougars will win and cover the spread under 73-59.

 

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NCAAB Starting Time: 5:00 PM (EST)

 

Location: Liacouras Center, Philadelphia

 

Date: Sunday, January 2, 2022

 

TV: ESPN

 

NCAAB Odds: #12 Houston Cougars -12

 

NCAAB Totals: 128.5

 

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