College Basketball Betting Free Pick: Detroit Titans at Temple Owls
FREE PICK: Detroit Titans at Temple Owns
#537 OVER 154
Mike Davis has won at every stop including his last gig at Texas Southern with four NCAA Tournament berths in six years. His latest challenge however won’t be easy. After peaking in Ken Pom’s top 75 in 2013, Detroit is now well south of 300 and likely to finish at or near the bottom of the Horizon League standings. Davis comes in as an 11th hour hire and inherits a makeshift roster of new faces. In their first game, against a Western Michigan squad picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the MAC, the Broncos led at one point by 21 before winning 89-76. Davis’ son, Antoine, scored a team-high 32. Not a good sign that WMU, with a whole host of newcomers, netted 89 points.
Temple won its opener, 75-67 over crosstown rival La Salle. The pace was swift with 75 possessions but the game was sloppy early on and the final score was juiced some thanks to fouls and free throws at the end. The Owls have taken a step back the last two seasons, particularly on the defensive end. They have two talented guards in Quinton Rose and Shizz Alston who project to do the bulk of the scoring. Under Fran Dunphy, who is retiring after the end of this season, Temple has never played at a breakneck pace, but I think a lot of that has to do with playing in the AAC which is littered with slow tempo-type teams. They also don’t schedule many cupcakes in non-conference play. Tonight offers an opportunity for plenty of offensive success. Western Michigan netted 1.22 points per possession and grabbed 22 offensive rebounds. With more talent and better athletes, the Owls should do the same. Like a lot of these early season mismatches, this one sets up to play very loose with plenty of scoring and pace.