Villanova vs Temple NCAAB Pick

Posted by Henry Watkins on February 16, 2016 in

During the conference play part of the season, we occasionally get a non-conference game or two to sink our teeth into. There is a really good one on tap for Wednesday, February 17, with the #1 ranked Villanova Wildcats set to make a rather tricky looking trip into the Liacouras Center to face the Temple Owls. The full odds for this game will be made available on the NCAA basketball betting page as soon as they go live.

How to bet Villanova Wildcats Vs Temple Owls Game and TV Info

When: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Where: Liacouras Center, Philadelphia
Radio: 97,5 The Fan
Stream Option: WatchESPN

Villanova are on a spectacular run of form right now, and are mowing down everyone that is stepping into their path. That should make them a favorite for this game, but this may not be a total slam dunk, as Temple have delivered a few upsets already this season.

Why bet on the Villanova Wildcats

The Wildcats (22-3, 12-1) are on a tear right now, having won 14 of their last 15 games. Their lone loss during that stretch came against ranked Providence, and it took overtime for the Friars to knock off Villanova. All 3 losses that Villanova have taken this season have been at the hands of ranked opponents, which would suggest that they should be able to clip the wings of the Owls in this one. The Wildcats are determined to hold on to the #1 spot for the remainder of the season, but you can bet that they will be aware of just how often the top ranked team has been knocked off their perch this season. Villanova are averaging 75.8 PPG, and are giving up 61.0 PPG.

Why bet on the Temple Owls

If you think that the Owls (16-8, 10-3) are just coming into this game as a potential whipping boy, you might want to think again. Temple are coming into this one on a 5-game winning streak, and are also winners of 7 of their last 8. They now hold a half game lead over SMU atop the American Conference, and they have to be considered favorites to stay there, as this is their final game against a ranked opponent this season. Temple started the season losing their first 3 games against ranked opponents, but that has not been how things have gone as of late. They have picked up the win in their last 3 games versus ranked opponents, 2 of which actually came on the road. The Owls are averaging 69.4 PPG, and are giving up 67.4 PPG.

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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

As good as Temple have been in recent weeks, they just don’t have the offensive power to hang with the Villanova Wildcats. They might be able to keep things close early on, but I think that Villanova will eventually start to wear them down on the way to a double digit victory.

Villanova Wildcats 72 Temple Owls 62