Cincinnati Bearcats at Temple Owls – NCAAM February 4

Cincinnati (3-7, 1-4) at Temple (4-5, 3-5)

Time: 4 PST – 6 CST – 7 EST
Place: Liacouras Court, Philadelphia, Pa.
TV: ESPN2

Opening Tip:

The Bearcats return to the court for the first time since a Jan. 10 loss at Wichita State as they have had five games postponed due to COVID-19 protocols. An already tough season may have just taken an even tougher turn as five games have to be worked into the 10 remaining scheduled games. This game was flipped to Philadelphia as it was originally schedule as a Bearcats’ home game based on adherence to covid protocols.

Temple has had seven postponements due to covid as four of those came at the beginning of the season and some were a result of covid protocols within other teams.

Cincinnati leads the series 24-9 overall and 8-4 in Philadelphia. The Bearcats took an 89-82 win last season in Philly as well as a 64-63 nail biter in Cincinnati last March.

The Bearcats have lots 6 of their last 7 while the Owls have dropped 2 of 3.

Vs. The Spread

Cincinnati:

  • The Bearcats check in at 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games
  • The Bearcats have checked in with an OVER in their last 6 games
  • Cincy is 2-11 ATS in it’s last 13 games vs. AAC foes

Temple:

  • Temple is 4-2 ATS spread in the Owls’ last 6 games
  • The UNDER has been the play in 8 of TU’s last 12 contests
  • The Owls are 3-10 SU in their last 13 AAC games

Last Time Out:

Cincinnati fell to Wichita State, 82-76, on Jan. 11 as sophomore guard Zach Harvey led the Bearcats with 19 points – 12 in the first half. The Shockers shot 58.6 percent from the field and scored 52 points in the second half. The Bearcats went more than eight minutes without a basket in the second half.

Temple lost to Tulane, 81-64, on Sunday as the Owls played two days after the passing of legendary Owls coach John Chaney. Damian Dunn and Jake Forester had 15 points apiece for the Owls.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Cincinnati +1½ (-107) +108 O 139½ (-110)
Temple -1½ (-113) -128 U 139½ (-110)

Bearcats Stat Pack:

  • Sophomore guard Jeremiah Davenport ranks second on the team in scoring over the Bearcats’ past seven games where he averaged 11.9 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 46.9 percent from the field. Davenport also had a team-best 11 3-pointers.
  • Zach Harvey was the AAC Player of the Week for Jan. 11, the last week before Cincinnati’s pause as he had a 13-point game in the win over SMU to supplement the 19 against Wichita State.
  • Cincinnati has given up an average of 41.3 points in the paint in the Bearcats’ last three games.

Bearcats Grease Board:

Cincinnati Bearcats LogoWith a 25-day pauses between games, it stands to reason that the Bearcats will be rusty. Keith Williams (15.0 ppg) and Jeremiah Davenport (10.9 ppg) are the only Bearcats averaging double digits. Williams has big game ability in being able to potentially take a game over, but UC needs to use it’s weapons to diversify the offense and be able to score. The Bearcats shoot only 28.2 percent from three and also have had turnover issues with 15 per game. Cincinnati has a deeper bench which could come into play. Michigan transfer David DeJulius (8.6 ppg, 5.3 apg) vs. Temple freshman Jeremiah Williams (7.6 ppg) bears watching on the point as Williams boasts a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Owls Stat Pack:

  • Dartmouth transfer Brendan Berry ranks third in the nation in three-point percentage 47.6 percent on 20 of 42 shooting and is seventh in the AAC in made triples at 2.2 per game.
  • Redshirt freshman Damian Dunn (14.1 ppg) leads the Owls in scoring and is tied for seventh in the NCAA with 6 made free throws per game and ranks fifth with 8.22 free throws attempts.
  • Temple has had a tough season offensively as the Owls are ranked 314th in the NCAA in field goal efficiency, per KenPom, and only shoot 43.9 percent from two-point range.

Owls Grease Board:

Temple Owls LogoKhalif Battle (11.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg) has become a major contributor on offense as he is currently second in scoring and third in rebounding as he has come of the bench since his debut at Tulane on Jan. 16. He missed the earlier part of the season due to a hamstring injury, but had  22 points and 11 boards in the Owls’ win over Tulsa on Jan. 26. Battle and Damian Dunn’s ability to take Cincinnati off the dribble could be a key here as the Owls struggle from the floor at 39.1 percent while the Bearcats have struggled defensively in allowing opponents to shoot 45.3 percent from the field.

Winner:  Temple (-1½) 69, Cincinnati 67
O/U:  Take UNDER 139½

The Bets
Temple -1½
-113
139½
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.