Villanova Wildcats vs. Temple Owls, Wednesday, NCAA College Basketball Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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Villanova at Temple, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Where: Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
523 –Villanova Wildcats -9½ -105 -500 Ov 148 -104
524 –Temple Owls +9½ -115 +405 Un 148 -116
 

The Villanova Wildcats and the Temple Owls will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at Liacouras Center.

ABOUT VILLANOVA (10-0): The Wildcats rank around 30th in the nation in both scoring and scoring defense, and they do not have a natural low-post scorer, but the team just continues to win. Mikal Bridges (18.2 points) and Jalen Brunson (17.2) are the leading scorers – and both have terrific shooting percentages across the board – plus Brunson has 48 assists and only 13 turnovers as he takes aim at the Big East Player of the Year award. Booth (12.7 points) is averaging 18.3 points over the last three games and is 9-of-18 from 3-point range over that stretch.

ABOUT TEMPLE (6-2): The Owls have two primary scorers in Shizz Alston Jr. and Quinton Rose, both of whom are averaging 17.3 points, although Alston is an elite 3-point shooter (53.5 percent), while Rose is merely a competent shooter from the arc (37.5 percent). Obi Enechionyia chips in 12.6 points and is 19-of-20 from the foul line this season, while Alston is also terrific from the stripe (25-of-26). Temple’s last game was a Big 5 affair against Saint Joseph’s in which the Owls led by 11 at halftime before holding on to win 81-78.

Oddsmakers opened the Wildcats as -7-point favorites versus the Owls, while the game’s total opened at 145.

Villanova became the No. 1 team in the nation earlier this week, but coach Jay Wright hopes his team can somehow rise to an even higher level. The Wildcats continue to roll over their opponents, both within the Philadelphia area and across the country, and those runs will be on the line Wednesday against host Temple.

The Wildcats moved up in the rankings after Duke and Kansas lost last week, but Wright knows that his team can improve, particularly after a subpar performance its last time out. “It’s always an honor to be ranked No.1,” Wright said. “It’s great for the ‘Nova Nation and we appreciate the respect of the writers and coaches. We know it’s early, though, and we need to get a lot better.” Villanova trailed at halftime against La Salle on Sunday before rallying for a 77-68 victory behind Phil Booth and Donte DiVincenzo (18 points apiece). That was the 21st straight Big 5 win for the Wildcats, who wrap up their Philadelphia series round-robin against an Owls team that has won three of its last four.

Temple won its last outing, a 81-78 result against Hawks on December 09. They failed to cover in that game as a -10.5-point favorite.

Villanova was a 77-68 winner in their most recent outing at home against Explorers. They failed to cover the -19.5-point spread as favorites.

Villanova:
Team record: 10-0 SU,6-3-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 10 straight games.

Temple:
Team record: 6-2 SU,4-4 ATS

Next up:
Villanova at Hofstra Friday, December 22
Temple home to Drexel Saturday, December 16

NCAA HOOPS TIPS
1. The Wildcats lead the all-time series 48-43.

2. Villanova F Eric Paschall is 0-for-10 from the field over the last two games and is 1-of-19 from 3-point range this season.

3. Alston had made a school-record 52 straight foul shots before missing one against Saint Joseph’s.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Villanova Wildcats will cover the spread at -9.5 and the game will go over 136 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Villanova 88, Temple 73 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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