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#828 Tulane +2.5 over Temple 2:00 PM CT

The AAC is proving to be a high quality conference this season rating just behind the Big Ten and Pac-12 at this point in the season. Long-time NBA head coach Mike Dunleavy has made some positive strides in his second season with Tulane following a 6-win campaign a year ago. At 13-8 the season has already been a success and home wins over SMU and Houston have been very impressive in American play.

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Tulane beat Temple by 10 on the road in late December as well but the Wave have also delivered erratic performances with home losses to Connecticut and South Florida and barely escaping with an overtime win at East Carolina earlier this week. Tulane led nearly wire-to-wire in the first meeting using a strong inside scoring game to offset ugly 3-point shooting on both sides. Tulane had a big edge in defensive rebounds and had fewer turnovers.

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The 12-10 Owls have an interesting profile as early season wins over Clemson and Auburn are now top 20 caliber victories while Temple enters this game off a huge Thursday overtime win against AAC favorite Wichita State. The Owls have won five of the last seven to shake off a five-game slide from late December and early January. This is a terrible shooting team everywhere on the floor and the road results have been shaky with a 2-6 S/U record on the season in road tests. One of the wins came by two points at SMU for an impressive result but narrowly winning at Penn was the other road victory.

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Temple also has multiple home losses to teams that are outside the nation’s top 100 including the defeat against Tulane. Ultimately this looks like a spot to fade the Owls coming off marquee home wins over Connecticut and Wichita State even in a revenge spot. The Wave should find more success on offense in this matchup as one of the most efficient scoring teams in the conference and the edge for Temple on defense isn’t as significant as one might expect.

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