Villanova vs Temple NCAAB Pick
#1 Villanova heads across town to take on the Temple Owls in a non-conference tilt on Wednesday night, with the game set to tip off at 7:00pm Eastern time. Villanova (22-3) is in first place in the Big East and is coming off a 73-63 win against the St. John’s Red Storm on Saturday. Temple (16-8) is tied for first in the American Athletic Conference and is coming off a 77-65 home win over the South Florida Bulls on Sunday. We will keep you updated with the latest NCAAB online lines anytime soon.
Villanova Wildcats vs Temple Owls NCAAB Pick
When: Wednesday, February 17, 7:00 PM ET
Where: Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Radio: 97,5 The Fan
Stream Option: WatchESPN
Opening NCAAB Lines: TBA
Why should you take Villanova?
Even when the vaunted Villanova shooters aren’t finding the basket, the team has another weapon inside, with big man Daniel Ochefu. He poured in 25 points, a career best, in the team’s win over St. John’s. Ryan Arcidiacono found his shooting touch late, adding 13 points for the Wildcats. The line was 27 points on this game, but Villanova was only up by 1 at the half and only won by 10, thanks to the team’s cold shooting night from the floor. They did have a better shooting half after the intermission, nailing nine of their first 11 shots. However, this is a team that can score in bunches, and Temple is vulnerable from behind the arc. The Wildcats will be looking to rediscover their shooting touch against their cross-Philadelphia rivals.
Why should you pick the Owls?
Jaylen Bond is playing some of his best basketball of the season right now for Temple, and that held true against South Florida on Sunday. He went 9 for 17 from the field and scored 18 points. He pulled down 14 boards, six on the offensive end, giving Temple their fifth win in a row. It’s true that USF is only 2-11 in conference play, but this has historically been a conference where even the top teams can be vulnerable to squads at the bottom of the table. In this game, Temple sprinted out to a 15-4 lead and never looked back, leading 40-31 at halftime and never seeing that lead drop below nine after the intermission. If the spread in this game is 10 or more, I would definitely consider taking the Owls to cover in this one, because I think their rebounding and defense will challenge Villanova — who could be overlooking this game a bit since it is out of the conference.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like Villanova to take care of business at Temple on Wednesday. I’m picking the Wildcats to prevail, 81-71.