Memphis Tigers vs. Temple Owls Betting Preview
The Memphis Tigers (16-6) head to Pennsylvania to take on the Temple Owls (8-14) on Thursday, February 8 at 7:00 PM ET for this college basketball betting prospect. ZenSports Tennessee sportsbook has the Tigers moderately favored with a moneyline at -300.
When: February 8, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET
Where: Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Memphis Tigers Preview
After having a 10-game win streak and ranking as high as 10th in the nation, the Tigers lost their next four consecutive games against teams that were arguably not as strong as some of the others the Tigers have faced. However, they were finally able to break that losing streak with a recent 65-63 victory over the Wichita State Shockers, with David Jones nailing a jump shot with three seconds remaining.
Jones has been impressive, averaging 21.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He boasts a 46.4 percent success rate in shot attempts and an 82.1 percent accuracy in free throws.
The Tigers score an average of 80.3 points per game, securing the 48th spot nationally. Their basketball efficiency is at 117th place with a rating of 110.0, indicating room for improvement in ball movement with only 13.3 assists per game.
Defensively, they allow an average of 75.1 points, ranking 269th nationally. This does not offer a lot of breathing room in comparison to their offense. Their defensive efficiency is at 188th place, with a rating of 103.0.
Temple Owls Preview
The Owls have lost their last seven games, but could give the Tigers some issues since they are averaging similar numbers. In their recent defeat, they fell 92-80 to the Tulane Green Wave, marking their second consecutive loss in overtime.
Hysier Miller leads the Owls with 15.9 points and 4.3 assists each game. However, he will need a better offensive output since he connects on 34.0 percent of his shots from the field and 74.2 percent from the foul line.
The Owls score an average of 70.6 points per game, ranking 268th nationally. Their basketball efficiency is even lower at 305th, with a rating of 100.0. In assists, they manage 11.1 per game, a facet that needs improvement to create better scoring chances against the Tigers.
Defensively, they allow 73.4 points per game, placing them at 232nd. Their efficiency in defensive stops is 206th, with a rating of 103.9. Slowing down the pace and avoiding an uptempo game with the Tigers presents a promising opportunity for them, especially since they allow a few more points defensively than they accumulate offensively.
ZenSports Tennessee sportsbook offers attractive betting opportunities on college basketball. Presently, the Memphis Tigers have a moderate moneyline chance of success, with market insights suggesting a 75.5 percent probability of winning.
Temple Owls: +224
Spread: +6.5 (-111)
Memphis Tigers: -300
Spread: -6.5 (-114)
Totals: Over 150.0 (-110), Under 150.0 (-115)
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