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Temple Owls vs UCF Knights 1/5/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Temple Owls vs UCF Knights 1/5/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Temple Owls of the American Athletic Conference will go against the UCF Knights of the American Athletic Conference in NCAAB action in Addition Financial Arena, Orlando, FL, on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at 7:00 PM (EST).

 

It’s unusual for two teams to play one other for the second time this early in the year, but that’s exactly what Central Florida and Temple are doing.

 

On December 15, these two AAC rivals met at home, with Temple falling 65-48 as 4.5-point favorites. The match was close at halftime, with Temple leading 19-18, but Central Florida dominated Temple in the second half, winning by a score of 47-29.

 

Temple shot a dismal 26% from the field and converted just 3 of 30 three-point attempts. Jeremiah Williams paced Temple with 11 points, while Damian Dunn chipped in with ten.

 

Temple only played twice since the match as two matches were postponed due to COVID. A rout of Delaware State was one of the matches. The other was a 66-61 defeat to Houston, which was ranked 12th at the time.

 

The Owls held Houston to 37% shooting and making 10 three-pointers while shooting 37% from beyond the arc. Temple was topped by Dunn at 14 points and Nick Jourdain with 12.

 

  • The University of Temple Owls is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games.
  • Temple is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games against Central Florida.
  • The Owls are 1-9 SU in their last 10 games against an opponent in the AAC.

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Temple Owls vs UCF Knights Predictions 1/5/2022

 

The Central Florida Knights are 9-3 overall and 1-1 in the American Athletic Conference. As previously stated, their lone victory came against Temple. The Knights only shot 39 percent from the field in their 65-48 win over Temple, but it was sufficient against the cold-shooting Owls.

 

UCF was paced by Brandon Mahan, who had 18 points and 5 rebounds, and Tyem Freeman, who scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Darin Green had 17 points and 12 rebounds, while CJ Walker had 6 points and 12 rebounds.

 

On December 30, the Knights followed up with a huge victory over Michigan. Green’s 27 points and seven three-pointers led them to an 85-71 victory over the Wolverines. Mahan finished with 26 points on 5 three-pointers. Their most recent match was a 72-60 loss to AAC foe Southern Methodist on January 2.

 

UCF was held to only 37% shooting from the field by SMU. For the Knights, Mahan topped the way with 17 points, while Darius Perry added 13 points. Green is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 15.1 points per game, while Perry scores 11.3 points per game.

 

  • The University of Central Florida Knights is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.
  • The total went UNDER in 5 of Central Florida’s last 5 games against an opponent in the AAC.
  • Central Florida is 9-1 SU in their last 10 games at home.

Temple Owls vs UCF Knights. The NCAAB pick for this game is the UCF Knights. I’m having trouble deciding which Temple to cover here. For starters, the spread is only 10 points, although the Knights defeated the Owls by 17 points at Temple on December 15. Injuries and sickness are major factors.

 

Khalif Battle, Temple’s best scorer, is gone for the season, and two starters, Tai Strickland and Jake Forrester are doubtful due to sickness. Temple already has difficulties scoring, but without Battle and the possibility of losing two men, it will be considerably more difficult.

 

In the previous six meetings between these two, the favorite is 4-1-1 against the spread. The University of Central Florida Knights will win to a predicted score of 67-61, but the Temple Owls will cover the spread and the total stays under.

 

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NCAAB Starting Time: 7:00 PM (EST)

 

Location: Addition Financial Arena, Orlando, FL

 

Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2022

 

TV: ESPN+

 

NCAAB Odds: UCF Knights -11

 

NCAAB Totals: 133

 

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