College Basketball Betting Odds: Temple Vs Villanova

Posted by Aaron . on December 12, 2016 in

In the Philadelphia area, there are five universities that compete for the informal “Big 5” championship each year. These schools are Villanova, Temple, St. Joseph’s, La Salle and the University of Pennsylvania. They represent a wide variety of conferences and schools, but they also represent some of the deepest traditions in the nation. When Villanova meets Temple on Tuesday night, their seniors have a chance to finish their time undefeated in all of their Big 5 matchups for all four seasons on campus. Let’s look at this game as well as some other sports betting odds and lines for you to consider this week.

In Depth Analysis On The College Basketball Betting Odds: Owls Vs Wildcats

When: Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 7:00pm ET
Where: The Pavilion, Philadelphia
Radio: WPHT 1210 AM Philadelphia / WPEN SportsTalk 950 AM Philadelphia
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO


Why should you bet on the Owls?

Temple jumped out to an early lead over DePaul in the Hoophall Maui Invitational on Saturday and held on for a 74-65 win. They stand at 7-3 on the season and have also won all three of their matchups in “Big 5” play this season, making this the Big 5 championship game for the season. Despite winning by just nine, though, the Owls led by as many as 25 points in the second half before the Blue Demons went on a big run. The Owls feature balanced scoring, as Obi Enechionyia and Shizz Alston Jr. each had a dozen points, while Quinton Rose added a dozen. Josh Brown also made double figures with 11 points and five assists, and he took the MVP for the tournament. His seven steals in the game were the most since February 19 2015, when Will Cummings swiped the ball from the SMU offense seven times. If Brown can take the court on Tuesday (he is recovering from an Achilles injury) he could give Villanova some fits.

Why should you put your money on the Wildcats?

Villanova still holds the top ranking in the country and a 10-0 record, thanks to a big 89-79 win at LaSalle on Tuesday and then a 74-66 comeback win over Notre Dame on Sunday in Newark. Josh Hart dropped a career high 37 points on Notre Dame in the Never Forget Tribute Classic, adding 11 rebounds and four assists.  The Fighting Irish had led by 11 points at one point in that contest, but Villanova just kept coming back. Along with Hart, Kris Jenkins and Darryl Reynolds are the other two senior leaders on a team that showed last year that they can play clutch ball with anyone. While Temple and the Big 5 rivalry are big factors motivating the Owls, the Wildcats have won 17 straight Big 5 matchups, so they are used to this setting as well.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like Temple’s start to the season so far, but a win over DePaul is not particularly impressive. I like Temple to keep the game close, but I also like Villanova to pull away and take an 80-72 win.