Tue, Mar 15, 2:50pm by Kevin Pitstock
When: 7:10 am AEST Friday, March 18, 2011
Where: McKale Center Tucson, Arizona
Temple plays this game as the #7 seed in the tournament and face the #10 seed Penn State. The game will determine who gets to move on to the field of 32 to face the winner of the San Diego State/Northern Colorado game. Let’s check the odds at Centrebet after we preview each team and thenwe can make our free pick for your bet.
The Temple Owls ended their regular season with a 25-7 record and a loss to Richmond in the Atlantic 10 conference finals. They won eight of their last ten games. The team scores 70.9 points per game and out scores their opponents by 8 points a game. They shoot well with a 45% from the field, 35% from the 3-point line and 69% from the line. They can rebound well with 36 boards per game while keeping the opposition off the boards as they allow 30 per game.
Ramone Moore leads them in scoring with a 14.9 points per game and ha makes 1.2 steals on the average per game. Juan Fernandez tosses around 4 assists per game and Scootie Randall is successful on 50% of his field goals. Lavoy Allen controls the boards with 8.4 per game and he blocks 1.8 shots a game.
Penn State Overview
Penn State is a member of the Big Ten conference. They were defeated by Ohio State in conference tournament finals 71-60. They have a 19-14 record and have won seven of their last ten games. They are led by Talor Battle in scoring with 20 points per game. His team mate Tim Frazier hands out 5 assists per game and he makes one steal a game on the average. Jeff Brooks dominates the paint area with 6.5 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 55% shooting from the field per game.
As a team the Nittany Lions average 63 points per game and give back almost the same amount per game to the other team. They shoot 44% from the field and shoot the rock well from the charity stripe at 72.5%. They out-rebound their opponents by over 4 boards per game as they gather in 31.6 per game.
Pick and Prediction
This will be a battle from start to finish. both teams can shoot the ball well and have good guard play. Talor Battle may control the game at times for Penn State as the Temple Owls take a more balanced approach. Temple puts up more points per game and defend better for the entire game. The odds from Centrebet have Temple -2.5 and our pick for your bet is that the Owls of Temple cover the spread.
Our Pick: Bet Temple -2.5 at Centrebet
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